how to dye a sweater5

I bought this white cardigan sweater from Target on clearance for $5.74.   I thought that was a great idea since it retailed for $24.99 and I love cardigans.   However, I found it just sitting in my closet. I mean, I did try it on a few times, but it never actually left my closet. See, I have an aversion to white, probably due to a very embarrassing mishap while wearing white back in high school — nope, not going there friends. So I decided it would be the perfect recipient for a dye makeover.

white sweater

Rit Dye sent me their entire line of liquid dyes to try out. So I have enough dye to achieve any color you could possibly imagine.   Lately I have been drawn to green and coral.   Not together, of course.   But I do not own a stitch of green clothing so I thought I would attack my sweater.



One gallon of Hot Water

1 cup of salt

Liquid Rit Dye in Royal Blue

Liquid Dye in Dark Green

Mild Detergent



1. Using the Rit Dye Color Formula (fabulous resource for dying!)


I decided to go for this color #412.

rit dye greens2. I had to do a little math to figure out how much dye to use.   In the end I went for one bottle of Royal Blue and 1/2 cup of Dark Green mixed with a gallon of water and 1 cup of salt to help achieve a deep, rich color.   The Rit Dye site suggests adding salt when working with cotton fabrics.

sweater dyeing process

3.   I soaked my white sweater in hot water first and then squeezed out the excess water and immersed it into the dye bath.

4. I stirred it often on the stove (never letting the water boil) to achieve an even dye for one hour.

5. Then I rinsed the sweater until the water ran clear.

Dyeing is slightly scary.   I thought my sweater was pitch black.   But I kept going with the process waiting for the full dried outcome.

how to dye a sweater

6.   Then I handwashed the sweater following the directions for laundering on the label.

dyed green sweater

7.   I rinsed it well and let it air dry flat overnight.   In the morning I ironed it to set the color.

I love how the inside of the embellishments on the side didn’t die and turned grayish.   I think they kind of look like mini Christmas trees, perfect for the holidays.

dyed green sweater
how to dye a sweater

So what do you think?   It definitely is a sweater I can wear through the fall and winter now.   Nothing is safe from the dye in my house now.   I keep looking at anything dyeable as a potential for change.

Would you like to win the entire line of liquid dyes from Rit Dye also?


Leave a separate comment for each that you do below.

1.   Like Rit Dye on Facebook .

2.   Tweet out “I want to win the entire line of liquid @RitDye   on @infarrantly .

3.   Visit the Rit Dye site and tell me what is your favorite project they’ve done OR what you have at home just waiting to be dyed.

Want more dye inspiration?   Check out my friends who joined me in the Rit Dye Campaign.

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  1. I would love to win the dye line! I have a yellow dress that I never wear, but I would wear it all the time if it was burnt orange! I also have a friend that uses it it embellish onsies with necklaces and it’s adorable.

  2. I never realized you could dye wood and wicker! But it makes sense, omg that opens a whole ton of new doors… I love ALL of the dyed wood projects!!

  3. I LOVE that sweater…and I want to know where you got the shirt you’re wearing. LOVE IT…seriously…I want one too…

  4. Awesome! I’ve been meaning to buy some RIT dye ever since I saw someone dye their jeans darker. I have an old faded pair that I love but are way too light. Hope I win!

  5. I had no idea RIT can be used to dye wood and wicker. Would love to try dying wicker baskets.

  6. Oh Beckie,

    Their ENTIRE collection? Seriously?? I would be in dying heaven!! I have used liquid RIT dye for more years than I can remember. I’ve dyed my hubby’s uniform t-shirts, bags, reeds/wicker for basket weaving, onesies, etc.

    Currently I have two pillows, a tablecloth, a sweater, and fabric for shopping bags just waiting to be dyed. I’ve been waiting on buying the dye until I had a little more time on my hands.

  7. I also tweeted about this. 🙂 I never win, so if I were to win this I’d be ecstatic! 🙂 Oooohhh the possibilities!! 🙂

  8. I would love to win this. I have a jacket that I love but the color looks terrrible on me. I really want to dye it. I have also wanted to try ombre with something. Maybe curtains for my daughters room.

  9. Too many cool projects to really pick just one. However my kids love tie dye and they’ve got some cool new/mod versions I would love to try.

  10. Ok, I scrolled to see if anyone asked… didn’t see it…. Where did you get the top you’re wearing under the cardi? It’s really cute… and would hide my, ahem… baby pooch(okay, so he’s 2… but I’m still calling it that)….. Thanks! Btw… sweater is totally adorable! And I agree, it was a fortunate “accident” that the embellishments didn’t dye like the rest… cute!

  11. Liked Rit on Facebook. Love the way your sweater turned out – love the ruffled shirt even more!

  12. My favorite is the clothespins. I have a whole bag that never gets used and would love to play with coloring them. I’m sure I’d find lots of reasons to glue them to things then.

  13. Ok, I really just wanted to say you don’t even need “to go there.” happened to me too. ; ) ughhhhh….memories. I hate high school memories.

  14. Wow. Loving the wicker dye projects. If I had the whole line I would start by dying my wedding brunch white dress some fun new color and then dye my sister’s wedding petticoat a fun blue for her something blue!

  15. I got it at Charlotte Russe. they have the best under cardigan kind of shirts perfect for hiding my “I had children” pooch.

  16. I love color. . all colors. . .well except purple. I have some towels I want to give new life too. And I have this wooden table I want to try to use the dye on. . who knew you could use Rit Dye on wood and wicker?? Wow. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

  17. I really like how your sweater turned out! I love the Newspaper Eco-Art on Rit dyes site. and Wow they have alot of great ideas. And alot of really great ideas here too

  18. I hate how quickly black jeans fade, I’d really like to try dying them instead of buying new ones.

  19. I’d start with a very simple but VERY needed dye job of my every day black pants that I’ve washed so much they’re more gray than black now. They could definitely use a pick me up! I’d also try dying a few of my shirts I rarely wear and a plain duvet cover that could use a little color.

  20. My first project- I have a lot of Thermal shirt I want to dye to upcycle into a project for my sister. ^^

  21. Awesome giveaway!!
    I love the dyed bridesmaids dresses, what a fantastic idea! I would use the dye to make my own colored paper and to dye my ugly old washed out blue bedding.

  22. I have a glider in baby pink that desperately needs a color change to fit into my son’s room! My husband banned the chair to the garage because it is so ugly. 🙂

  23. Great giveaway! I’ve got a white fleece jacket that’s looking dull and in need of a fresh new color. I never knew you could do so much with RIT dyes!

  24. I have many items of clothing I’d like to update with Rit Dye, including a white cardigan as well! I’d also like to try staining wood with some of the dye as well!

  25. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win! I really liked the idea of dying blocks. I recently started working with wood so that could be a lot of fun.

  26. I love the dyed corn husk Christmas trees. So cute! I’ve got some curtains I’ve been meaning to dye for a while. Hopefully I’ll get to that soon!

  27. I “liked” Rit on FB already and I have a dozen or so white Tshirts that need some color!!

  28. Have you noticed that blankets only come in “vanilla” colors? Baby blue, cream or slightly sage are NOT my colors. I’d love to dye our blankets!

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  30. Oh my gosh i can totally feel your pain. I looked high and low for a coral colored throw. My mom finally found one visiting my grandmother in her nursing home and begged them for it. Isn’t that funny? I was totally thinking of dying one until she found this.

  31. I have several things that I would love to dye. I have recently become more aware of which colors actually look good on me, and my wardrobe needs a makeover.

  32. I have a bunch of old clothes pins from my mom that I’d like to dye and attach magnets to for my teacher friends.

  33. its funny, i actually have the exact same sweater waiting to be died – i used the $4 coupon too on it!

  34. what a great idea! I like Rit Dye on fb that’s how I found you, great projects, I have a skirt just waiting for new color!

  35. I really like the Chartreuse Dye-Stained Table. I didn’t know you could use the dye all these different mediums.

  36. Ooo! The first thing that struck me was the eco-laurel leaf wreath from newspaper! I would have never thought you could dye newspaper! So pretty!

  37. I’ve got orange dye leftover from Halloween. I used it to make the kids’ pumpkin t-shirts. I also have black dye to do some of my black sweaters that have faded over time. Love RIT! Thanks!

  38. I just remodeled my master bedroom and my next project is to dye my bedding (it’s white right now) to match the room better! A light purple/blue color…

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