Sunday, 25 September 2011

Dying Fabric - Doilies - A Tutorial

A while back I made this cute Doilie Top for Ella. (Below)
Everyone loved it, including me.
Then the grandma's started to past their old Doilie on to me.
I decided to dye some because I had so many.

Here we go...
I started with the below Doilies

Dye - I used Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye
Stainless Steel Bowl
Measuring Cups/Spoons
Mixing Rod/Stick - In my case Daddy Moz's Spanner (He would kill me)
& An Apron

Step 1: Weigh dry fabric. For this dye 250g on fabric will use one packet.
 I saved the rest. 

Step 2:
Wash thoroughly & leave damp (below)

Step 3: Wearing Rubber Gloves & Apron dissolve dye in 500ml warm water

Step 4: Stir well

Step 5: Fill stainless steal laundry sink with approx 6 litres of warm water

Step 6: Stir in 5 tablespoons of salt.

Step 7: Add dye & stir well (below)

Step 7: Submerge fabric into dye. 
Stir for 15mins, then regularly for 45mins.

Step 8: Rinse fabric in cold water

Step 9: Wash in warm water

Step 10: Hang to dry

And this is what you get...

From This    -  To This 
From This    -  To This 

I also used a blue & orange dye. 
They really look so good dyed. 
I made these cuties below.

Remember when I made my own LABELS



  1. Those turned out adorable! They look like a boutique item. And I love the wrench too...something I would grab last minute *smile*

  2. Hey! And whatever happened to your giveaway? I entered, but never heard anything and now I can't find the post. Although its still up in your pages at the top of your blog.

    I'd love to know who won! Thanks!

  3. such a creative idea! i love how your shirts turned out!

  4. Awesome Tutorial! I think that your shirts turned out darling. I think that this idea would be darling on bags. Perfect for birthday gifts. I have 3 girls and it seems like I am always needing a birthday present. :)
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Happy Week!


  5. What an awesome idea! I think your shirts turned out so cute. I'll have to give this one a whirl. Thanks for sharing. Very cute blog by the way :-)

  6. I love this idea!! So. cute. I just found you via Trendy Treehouse's Follow Me Friday and I'm your newest follower :)

  7. i love them! i made a runner out of dyed doilies. but i love them on shirts!!! going to have to do this! i'm also a new follower of yours!


  8. Those turned out fabulous, such a great idea! Stopping by Trendy Treehouse Friday Follow...loving all the creative crafty ideas on your blog! Wonderful to meet you :)

  9. Super cute idea! I love doilies! A couple weeks ago I made a fall wreath using doilies (you can check it out on my blog) and I have a new project I'll soon be sharing using doilies. But I love your idea of dying them and using them on clothes!! Pinning it!!

  10. oh how cool is this!? Great tutorial. I love doilies and this is such a great way to embellish! Come link up at diy diva thursdays! We party until monday ;)


  11. SO pretty!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  12. OMG, these are great!! I would have never thought to dye the doilies! I'm visiting from the NJAH linky party, I hope you'll pop by and say hello! :)

    I also have a linky party every Tuesday and would love it if you'd link up your tutorial! :) xoxo

  13. Oh my goodness! So adorable. I love them as sleeves! Would you link up with my linky party? I'd love to have you... here's the link:

    Hope to see you there! It's open all week!


  14. LOVE these! Thanks for sharing the great idea!!

  15. For real!?! Holy cow, this is AWESOME! Okay, I am so doing this. You ROCK. Thanks so much for sharing on Lolly Jane! I'm your newest follower! Feel free to check me out, too!

    Natalie from :)

    Us crafty gals gotta stick together! HAHAH!

  16. So cute!! I love the the colors you dyed the doilies and the tank tops your paired them with! The color combos are great!

  17. You were featured today!
    Come grab a button!

  18. this is AWESOME!! I LOVE IT!! I would LOVE you to link it up to tell me tuesday!

  19. Love your project! Way to reuse something old and forgotten and give it brand new life!

  20. That is so clever!! Great idea!!

  21. Wow! I'm amazed at how modern they look. Love for you to link them to my Things I've Done Thursday link party going on now through Saturday at noon!


  22. I absolutely love this! Such a great idea. The shirts are super cute, and the possibilities are endless. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  23. These are adorable! I love the little faux sleeves! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  24. Awesome! What a fantastic idea, and what a fun way to jazz up a boring t-shirt! Jen @

  25. featured this today on my blog.

  26. I have to do this! What a fabulous idea!!!

    Would love for to share this over at my place...

    Hope to see you there!
    Clydia - Three Mango Seeds

  27. So much fun. I love the dyed doilies, and those tanks are too cute with the cap sleeves. I'd love it if you shared this project, along with any other top related projects, in my Top-toberfest link party.

  28. great idea to dye the doilies! Love hwo the tanks came out!

  29. i can do this for my daughter. great DIY

  30. Awesome idea! I think your shirts turned out so cute. Way to reuse something old and forgotten and give it brand new life!

  31. LOVE this! I'll be featuring it on my blog this Thursday!


  32. This is so great! I'm kind of obsessed with doilies lately, I've been buying any that I see, but I haven't figured out what all I want to do with them yet. It would be so amazing to be able to die some of them! I don't have a stainless steel sink though. Any ideas if I can do this without one?

  33. What a great idea! I'd love for you to link it up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

  34. is there a tut somewhere for how to actually sew the doilies onto the shirt/sleeve?