These fabric dyeing instructions show you how to create beautiful hand-dyed cotton fabrics at home. With the same dyes used for die-dyeing, you can create hundreds (and hundreds) of gorgeous colors and gradations.
I use my hand-dyed fabrics for sewing and quilt-making. You can see some of my quilts here.
Fabric Dyeing 101
Would you like to dye your own cotton fabrics at home?
I wrote these instructions for hand-dyeing cotton fabrics at home after years of teaching fabric dyeing and running a successful online shop selling hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics for quilters. I use Procion MX dyes and 100% cotton fabric.
All of the instructions are still relevant today and I’ve included all of my tips, tricks, and recipes to create beautiful fabrics in hundreds of colours and values (gradations). I don’t’ like wasting products so my approach uses every drop of dye without any unnecessary waste, which is both better for the environment and saves you money.
Scroll down to read more about the contents of this book. And yes, it’s just $4.50!
These fabric dyeing 101 instructions are intended for anyone wanting to learn how to dye cotton fabrics (for sewing and quilting) at home using Procion MX dyes. These dyes, often used for tie-dyeing and custom quilt-making and sewing fabrics, are inexpensive and readily available.
This book was written a few years ago and may not be as pretty as newer ebooks but the information is still useful today.
Fabric Dyeing 101
Simple Instructions For Beautiful Fabrics For Those Who Wish To Be Both Frugal and Gentle On The Earth
by Melissa J. Will
(87 pages, colour photos, PDF format, uses Acrobat Reader, can be printed out)
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About the Book
- I wrote these instructions as if you were with me in the studio, eager to get started in fabric dyeing, having little or no experience.
- I tell you everything you need to know to get started, from obtaining supplies to understanding how the process works, and then walking you through an actual dye session.
- I did my best to provide you with exactly what you need to know without overwhelming you with technical details yet anticipating all the questions that my students have asked me in workshops.
- If there’s a rule behind something, I like to know the rationale behind it, and that’s what I’ve provided in the book.
- There are many excellent fabric dyeing books featuring an assortment of methods and skill levels. What I’ve done here is provide you with the simplest, least expensive, and least wasteful way I know how to get you dyeing some fabrics of your own. If you love it, there’s a whole world of possibilities waiting for you.
- An overview of the fabric dyeing process.
- Specific step-by-step instructions with tips and tricks for getting best results.
- A walk-through of a dye recipe to guide you through your first dye session.
- Health and safety considerations.
- A complete supply list and suggestions for obtaining supplies [more info here].
- Fabric selection advice.
- Tips for maximizing supplies and minimizing waste.
- How to make mottled and solid fabrics.
- How to ensure your fabrics are washfast.
- How to design your own fabric colour sets.
- How to convert the recipes for different fabric sizes.
- Recipes for rainbows, two colour blends, three colour blends, gradations, deluxe blends, skin tones, and neutrals (mosses, browns, forest colours).
- Surface design instructions for fabric/sky painting and easy batiks.
Why You Might Like to Own This Book
- This eBook is ideal both for beginners or anyone needing a refresher course without a big investment in materials.
- Learn to dye your first set of fabrics with a basic fabric dyeing or tie-dye starter kit, some 100% cotton sewing fabric, and inexpensive household supplies such as plastic beer cups and measuring spoons.
- Advanced dyers measure their dyes with a scale but I use measuring spoons with beginners because the amounts of dye used in my recipes is so small and measuring spoons are inexpensive. To me, the important part is making best use of materials and getting great results.
- The process is specifically designed to minimize costs and waste so it’s kind to both your pocketbook and the earth.
- The instructions are written to provide you with exactly what you need to know to become a confident and creative fabric dyer without overwhelming technical details.
- The fabrics created are suitable for sewing and quilting.
- The PDF format allows you to read it on your computer or any other device that can read a PDF file. You can also print out the PDF file as desired.
Do Not Buy This Book If…
- You have already gobbled up the contents of my old Fabric Dyeing 101 site. This book is an improved version of all of the information that has appeared on Fabricdyeing101.blogspot.com over the past few years. If you’ve already learned to dye fabric, you may not find anything particularly new here.
- If you’re hoping for a sexy coffee table book featuring gorgeous hand-dyes: this is not the book for you. To make the book manageable on a variety of devices, I had to keep the photos fairly small and to a minimum.
- If you’re looking for a recipe resource book with every possible colour and gradation, again, this book is not for you. (There’s several like that already on the market.) The recipes in this book let you create a good sampling of colours without committing to dyeing many yards of fabric.
- If you’re hoping for simple instructions, sensible explanations, and a straight forward approach that doesn’t waste your money or your time (or unnecessarily pollute the planet), then you may like this book.
- But again, it’s not new material: just a very (I hope) succinctly edited revision with a variety of simplified recipes (again, previously posted on this site) to get the beginner exploring this wonderful hobby (or business). And I’m hoping the $4.50 price tag is appealing.
What is an Ebook?
- Ebooks are documents you read on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
- Ebooks are not intended for printing. They are simply meant for enjoying on your electronic device.
- This ebook is in PDF format.
- This means you use Adobe Reader to read it. Adobe Reader may already be on your device or you can download it free here.
- Once you have Adobe Reader, you can download the ebook (click on any of the ADD TO CART buttons on this page) and it’s yours to read and enjoy forever—just like a printed book.
- If you are not sure how ebooks work, I’ve got a free one here for you. Creative + Frugal Garden Ideas: Getting Started with Empress of Dirt. Give it a try! Once you’ve downloaded your first one, a whole new world of reading will open up for you. There’s tons of great ebooks available online.
About the Author
Melissa Will is a writer, artist, and organic gardener living in Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. Intending to dye a few yards of fabric for a quilt, she ended up obsessively dyeing every colour combination she could dream up and subsequently owned and operated Ode to Claude: Monet-Inspired Hand-Dyed Fabrics to justify dyeing yet more fabric. Teaching opportunities necessitated writing an instruction manual for her simple fabric dyeing method. These instructions were subsequently shared on fabricdyeing101.blogspot.com, launching many more new dyers into the wonderful world of colour obsession.
Fabric Dyeing 101: Simple Instructions For Beautiful Fabrics is a simplified, improved, and updated version of those instructions.