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Dip Dyed Curtains

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Rit
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Description

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Rit® Color Remover
  • Rit® Liquid Dye – Cherry Red, Tangerine, Sunshine Orange
  • 3 plastic containers
  • Latex gloves
  • Old curtain
  • 4-gallon pot
  • Stovetop
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Detergent

DIRECTIONS:

1. Use Rit® Color Remover to strip the color out of the curtain. Heat up a pot of water over the stovetop to just before boiling and dissolve a pack of Rit Color Remover into it. Stir the curtain in the pot until the color is white. This can take anywhere for 10-60 minutes depending on how the material was originally dyed.
2. Thoroughly rinse the curtain in hot water, then in warm water. Wash the curtain in detergent and rinse. Now the curtain is ready to dye.
3. In the three plastic containers, mix three separate dye baths: Sunshine Orange, Tangerine and Cherry. For each dye bath, pour half a bottle of dye into 3 gallons of hot water (at least 140˚F.)
4. The dramatic sunset ombre effect is created by dip-dyeing the curtain into these three dye baths.
5. First, dip the curtain into the Sunshine Orange dye bath, immersing the bottom 3/4 of the fabric. For five minutes, gently lift and lower the curtain so the sunshine orange fades into the white curtain, rather than creating a hard line. Then rinse the extra dye out with cold water until the water runs clear. Make sure to rinse from top down to avoid getting any dye on the white portion of the curtain.
6. Dip the curtain into the Tangerine Orange dye bath, immersing the bottom 1/2 of the fabric. You will overdye the bottom of the Sunshine Orange section, but make sure the top 1/4 remains above and out of the Tangerine Orange dye bath. For five minutes, gently lift and lower the curtain so the Tangerine Orange fades into the Sunshine Orange portion, rather than creating a hard line. Rinse the extra dye out with cold water until the water runs clear. Make sure to rinse from top down to avoid getting any dye on the white portion of the curtain.
7. Dip the curtain into the Cherry Red dye bath, immersing the bottom 1/4 of the fabric. You will overdye the bottom of the Tangerine Orange section, but make sure the top remains above and out of the Cherry Red dye bath. For five minutes, gently lift and lower the curtain so the Cherry Red fades into the Tangerine Orange portion, rather than creating a hard line. Then rinse the extra dye out with cold water until the water runs clear. Make sure to rinse from top down to avoid getting any dye on the white portion of your curtain.
8. Hang the curtain to dry.

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