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For more fabric goodness visit Grosgrain: http://www.grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com I have saved myself a lot of money by learning how to do this. Often when sewing I'll have to get a small piece of fabric that is a very specific color. Recently I needed fold over elastic and I needed it that day. The only fold over elastic I could find in the store was in black and white. Rather than buying some online and paying for shipping and waiting for over a week for it to come in the mail I bought some fabric dye and made my own in the perfect shade. For a FANTASTIC color guide for mixing RIT colors look here.

Plus, people will be super impressed when you tell someone you 'hand dyed' it. It just so sounds so much more artsy and creative!

Another thing I forgot to mention in the video is that if your fabric is not as saturated as you'd like try letting it dry completely then re-dye. This definitely has worked for me. Another neat idea that I'll be trying soon is tea dying for an antique look! I can't wait to show you that one.

Top photo courtesy of Divânia Nogueira.

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    Feb 1, 2011, 06.39 PMby NuncaNunca

    I actually dye alot and this is super helpful. I’m really loving this basket of knowledge here!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 11.38 PMby mitmit

    I did tea dying on a white cotton top 5 years ago and I think it’s a very easy process. It doesn’t take much time or materials. I was at the hospital for four months 24/7 and I was at times bored outta my mind. Hospital clothes are ugly! (everybody can agree to that, I guess) and being bored and feeling sad, I found an old top and decided to try and tea-dye it. After drying it I stitched little flower-beads along the neckline. I wore that top everyday for the rest of my stay. Today I’m healthy again and I still have my “lucky” top in my top drawer in my dresser :-)

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    Nov 12, 2010, 07.17 PMby cantare

    You’re kidding…I was just talking to my professor about how to dye not 30min ago. I think the seamstress needs to get out of my head! :) Thanks for the great info!

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    Aug 19, 2010, 04.35 PMby lala86

    very nice tutorial! I like how the yellowish green came out. Too bad I can’t get those liquid dye here in Argentina. But I look foward on seeing that tea dying tutorial soon!

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