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How to Dye Your Own Curtains in 5 Super Easy Steps

Do you find your curtains a bit old and “dye”-ing? Don’t throw them away — we’ve got a better solution! 

A lot of people spend so much on curtains when they can easily revamp their old ones into something full of life by simply adding a fun pop of colours. In this article, you will learn a comprehensive yet super easy method of dyeing your curtains on your own and become an official hashtag DIYer during this quarantine season. 

We know dyeing projects are a little intimidating but if you take the challenge, you’ll find the result very satisfying. You get to perk up your dull space and save as much as $10 or more for every set of standard curtains at the same time. 

Dyed window treatments from curtains to drapes, sheers and even blinds can absolutely brighten up your space, especially if it’s an all-white room that’s been begging for a touch of vibrance ever since. Without further ado, here are the easy steps on how to make your window curtains to “dye” for.     

The Preparation

Disclaimer: Before you begin the process, make sure that your curtain is dyeable. The most ideal types of fabric to use are cotton, wool, linen, ramie, and silk. Otherwise, avoid using curtain made of polyester, acrylic, acetate, fibreglass, spandex, and metallic fibres as they may not be able to absorb the dye. Also, use white curtains for better colouring results.     

Step 1: Pre-wash the curtains. 

Start by running your curtains through a wash cycle to remove grimes and dirt that may interfere with the fabric’s dye absorption. You can wash them with detergent but do not use any softener as it may interact negatively with the fabric in the long run. Let them dry after washing.  

Step 2: Choose your hues. 

Once your curtains have dried up, you can proceed to the dying process. Though I had to include the colour picking part since your dye will play a significant role in making this project. Choose a nice dye product by doing some research before purchasing your dye. Determine which colour you want your curtains to have. 

There are two ways to achieve a darker or lighter hue. If you want to keep it light, soak the curtains in the dye mixture for a shorter period of time or use less amount of dye. Otherwise, leave the curtains soaked for long and double the amount of dye. The standard amount of powder/liquid dye to use for every 450 grams curtain is 1//2 cup or 125 millilitres.     

The Dyeing Process

Step 3: Fill the tub with hot water.

A glass or stainless tub is safe to use if you want to avoid getting your tubs stained. Fill the tub with 12 litres of simmering hot water for every 450 grams of fabric.   

Step 4: Mix in the dye and soak. 

If you are using a powdered dye, make sure to fully dissolve it in a different container filled with 2 cups of hot water to avoid powder buildup. Otherwise, shake up the bottle of liquid dye before mixing in the water. Stir the dye in the water to make sure it is fully spread.

Fill up a separate tub with clean hot water. You need to soak the curtains in plain hot water to keep them hot before transferring them into the dye bath. This way helps activate the dye. 

Next, place the curtains in the dyed water. Make sure they are submerged beneath the water surface to let them fully absorb the dye. Set aside for five minutes. Then, add 1 cup of vinegar or salt to the dye bath to intensify the colouration. Leave them soaking for about two hours, depending on your targe shade.      

Step 5: Wash with warm/cold water and let dry. 

Finally, wash the curtains with liquid detergent and warm water. Rinse with cool (but not too cold) water and let dry. Your curtains must achieve your intended shade once dried up. Hang the curtains up on your windows and you’re done!    

Read also: Never Buy Curtain Rods Again: 5 Inspiring Craft Ideas You Can Do Yourself.

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