Dylon got in contact a few months ago and asked me to review their fabric dyes, and although not my usual product I also am a crafter so thought that I wouldn’t mind giving dying my own fabric a go. What arrived was a great variety of colours and two immediately jumped out at me: a gorgeous vibrant ‘tropical green’ and a deep ‘burlesque’ red.
I had the perfect matrial ready to go as Henry had recently grown out of his crib and therefore all of his white brushed cotton sheets sat hardly used and too small for anything else – a win win situation! Initially I had high aspirations of using this as an activity with the Bear but the more I looked into it, the more I came to a realisation that fabric dying was not a suitable activity for a 2 year old so instead I had to wait for a time where I was child free for a few hours to be able to get down to the messy business!
The directions are pretty clear to follow and all you need is a suitable bowl (I found plastic is best so it’s easy to clean afterwards), something to stir it with (I used a wooden spoon – needless to say it won’t be used for cooking again!), along with rubber gloves to protect your hands, salt and the dye.
1. Weigh dry fabric. Wash thoroughly. Leave damp
2. Using rubber gloves, dissolve dye in 500ml warm water
3. Fill bowl/stainless steel sink with approx 6 litres warm water (40°C)
4. Stir in 250g (5tbsp) salt. Add dye & stir well
5. Submerge fabric in water
6. Stir for 15mins, then stir regularly for 45mins
7. Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water and dry away from direct heat & sunlight
What I got at the end of this process was a good solid colour. It helps I think that my material was white to start with and an organic soft fiber so the colour took extremely well. If you are using something that may be a little more resistent then keeping them in the dye for longer I think will help to ensure the colour takes well.
Next we have the big question…..what to do with the material??
I could use it for it’s original intention but in reality the size is just too small for his cot so I knew that all they would do is be wasted sat in a cupboard until they were given away with the rest of the baby things, and these colours were just too nice to waste! Therefore as Henry is currently teething so the amound of drool escaping from the poor boys mouth is impressive so I though (even more) bibs would be a good idea as we’re going through 4 – 10 a day at the moment.
I won’t bore you with the process of how I made the bibs but what I would say is that I was very impressed with how soft the fabric stayed. I don’t know why but I had the impression that dyed fabric would be a little more stiff but I was happy to see that was not the case at all. I knew these would sit lovely and soft against his neck.
Although a little daunting at first, the dye was actually incredible easy to use though I would say it’s activity that needs to take place away from little hands as it’s a little messy and carpets would be in danger!
The colour was solid and even all over and from what I can see so far, has not faded at all. The fabric remained soft and easy to use and I would not hesitate to use this product again, in fact I have a set of cream linen curtains which are itching to be updated!
It feels like we are in a new era of ‘make do and mend’ as home crafts and the upcycling of vintage clothing is going from strength to strength. Fabric dyes are a great addition to add a new dimension and breathe new life into anything you may have at home which needs a new lease of life!
For more details and all colours available in their range you can visit the Dylon website. You will be able to find Dylon dyes in most shops on the high street, in most supermarkets and with online retailers.
DISCLAIMER: the dyes used in this post were recieved as payment for this review, however all opinions are entirely my own.