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Overdyeing Fabrics How-To

Change a fabric's color after fading it, with these easy steps 

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2006


  • 2 plastic bins

  • Liquid fabric dye

  • Water

  • Salt

  • Detergent


  1. Fill a plastic bin with 1/4 teaspoon of liquid fabric dye (available at drugstores), 6 quarts of hot water, and a scant 1/4 cup of salt. (If you are dyeing a large piece of fabric, double or triple this recipe.) Fill a second bin with cold water. Run the fabric under the tap in hot water.

  2. Referring to the manufacturer's instructions, soak the fabric in the first bin until it absorbs the desired amount of color, 10 to 45 minutes. To intensify the color, add a few more drops of dye. 

  3. Thoroughly rinse the fabric in the bin of cold water. Launder the fabric with detergent, and dry it in the dryer.

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