How to use Rit Dye {A Tutorial}

I wanted to do a quick tutorial because a bunch of my friend have said that they were scared of Rit Dye and they thought they would end up with dye all over them…hopefully from my tutorial, you will see that is not the case and it’s a really simple process. The process I’m showing you is one of multiple ways you can dye fabrics, you can also do it in your washing machine or on the stove top. I haven’t tried either but I’m sure they work as well.


  • Clothing item or fabric to Dye
  • Rit Dye
  • Tub or Sink
  • Tongs or spoon
  • Rubber Gloves (optional)
  • Apron (if your worried about splashing)

Total Cost of project – $3.00 for cardigan at Value Village + Rit Dye for  $2.50 at Joann’s = $5.50 for a cute “new” sweater!


The color I used is called Golden Yellow – if you want a specific color that they don’t sell this link to the Rit Dye website that will tell you how to mix ANY Color!! It’s super cool and really easy to mix colors! I’m going to try it next time! I filled my sink 1/3 of the way full with hot water then poured 1/2 the pack of dye into a measuring cup and let it dissolve for a couple of minutes (stirring often). It’s really important that the dye is completely dissolved otherwise your fabric will not dye evenly!

Pour into sink and stir well – I used tongs to stir the water and my cardigan so that my hands didn’t also end up dyed in the process!

Put sweater into water and stir constantly for 10-30 min until you get the color you want. (I did mine for 20 min.) Note: your fabric will be roughly 2-3 shades lighter than what it looks like wet.

Rinse until water runs clear starting with warm water and slowly working cooler until you end with cold water. This is important because it helps to set the color.

Wash and dry by its self so it doesn’t bleed onto other clothes


6 thoughts on “How to use Rit Dye {A Tutorial}

  1. hey! that was helpfull. I almost tried to do it outside in a bucket and then bring it inside to wash in the machine. Simply doing everything in the sink was a great idea. I was afraid it might stain the sink or something, but I had no problems at all, and even got some on my hands and that came off. I want to dye everything now! that was too much fun. 😀

    1. I’m glad it was helpful!! I know the feeling of wanting to dye everything!! Its so easy and an inexpensive way to change something!!

  2. I see you said you only used half the patcket of dye, is that all you needed for the sweater? Also, did you put the sweater in dry or wet?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s