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How To Dye Cross Stitch Fabric With Drink Mixes

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Drink mixes such as Kool Aid certainly stain clothing items and they may also be used as dye for fabric.

To complete this project you will need:
  • natural-fiber fabric
  • drink mix (such as Kool Aid)
  • small basin
  • spoon
  • white paper towels
  • water
  • gloves or plastic tongs
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Gather supplies and set up a work area, preferably in a sink or on a water proof countertop.
  2. Fill a small basin half full of warm water. Add the drink mix and stir with the spoon until completely dissolved.
  3. Add the fabric to the liquid. Use the tongs (or gloved hands) to dip it in and out until the color has reached the desired level. Some color will be lost in rinsing the fabric.
  4. Remove the fabric and rinse it to remove excess drink mix.
  5. Make a pad of white paper towels. Place the fabric on the pad to dry.
  6. Iron the fabric dry if desired to remove wrinkles. Some drink mix dye may be transferred to the iron, so clean before using on other fabric.
  7. Rinsing the fabric in a weak white vinegar solution is not likely to help set the color. Drink-mix dyed fabric is not colorfast.

Tips:

  1. Red and Orange drink mixes work best. Blue produces a very light tint.
  2. Be sure to wear gloves or use tongs. Drink mix dye remains on skin a long time (I am speaking from experience!).
  3. Inexpensive drink mix works just as well as the more expensive brands.
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