Salvaging and/or ruining my clothes with RIT dye



If you’ve been admiring the pretties and shinies Steph has been making, zir chain maille is now available in our etsy store. Check it out! They are our featured items this week.

The boi and I had a bunch of clothes that were either old and becoming that color Eddie Izzard refers to as “pants left in wash,” or unusable because they were white and we have a black cat and no good can come of this combination.

RIT dye is cheap and easy to use, and you can do it on your stove top if you have a big enough pot. just follow the instructions on the back of the box. DO NOT DO WHAT I DID and decide the color needs to be darker after the clothes are in the dye bath and blop some more dye in on top of everything, not even if you make a little dent in where the clothes are and stir it around a lot really fast. This DOES NOT WORK and you will get big dark spots on your collar like me. Also, wear an apron.

Most of it came out nicely though. I used the “wine” colored dye.ย Here is when the Legalize Gay underoos first went in the dye bath.

After we added the eye of newt and toe of bat, the color darkened considerably.

After stirring for about 45 min, I rinsed the dyed clothes in the sink and set them to dry by the lemon-tree-inna-bucket.


1 skirt

3 t shirts

1 foofy pirate shirt

1 pair political panties



1 blotchy polo, to be cut up for other projects

the shirt I was wearing while dying this stuff

1 wooden spoon, to be earmarked for art projects only from now on.


About onetruemango

Welcome to my blog! I have fun making arts and crafts for friends, family, and strangers. Check out my online shop at! I like having tea and writing letters and making things and going on Adventures. I currently live at Juniper Hill Farms as a wwoofer (farm volunteer). Thanks so much for reading! -Rachel

4 responses »

  1. this is awesome, because my friend gave me some yoga pants that are very comfy but are a Shade Of Astonishing Pink which frankly i just cannot deal with. but they’re cotton and something called modal, which apparently dyes like cotton. i think dark red dye should do at least something to tone down neon pink, yes?

    • Good idea, that sounds like it’ll help. ๐Ÿ™‚ If it’s part cotton you’ll want to put salt in the dye bath. Our newly dyed stuff just came out of the laundry for the first time- we managed to accidentally-on-purpose dye a bunch of other stuff too by washing it in the same load!

      Where do you usually find your yoga pants? I am looking for some good ones. Have you ever tried Thai fisherman pants?

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