Dyeing tablecloths = apparently not a good plan.

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@EffieTrinket:  Can you use the white cloths and add a mint green runner?

Or, make a pattern with mint green ribbon?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Can’t you mix colors of dye to make mint green?  I know Rit dye has mix recipes for tons of colors.  Are any of these color close to what you want to dye your tablecloths to?  http://www.ritdye.com/colorit_color_formula_guide  (go down to the bottom and click on Green 3)

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just save yourself the headache and use a table runner or make menus for each place setting in the mint green instead!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@peasantsong:  Rit Dye does not work on polyester. It needs a disperse dye.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, I see.  I’ve never dyed fabric before so I was not aware.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@julies1949:  you can, but you have to heat the polyester first in hot water and bring the ph of the water in the dye bath down to about 6 Or so (slightly acid). 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@EffieTrinket:  one more thought- have you contacted idye at their website to see if anyone in customer service is able to tell you a retailer who may still have some stock of mint green?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@EffieTrinket:  I have with halloween costumes/clothing.  You have to heat the water up to 200-ish degrees and pre-soak the polyester.  Then mix up your dyes in a large pot, bring to boiling and reduce heat to simmer.  The dye bath has to be stove top (the water has to remain hot during the dye process for it to take).  Soak in the dye for about 30 minutes then rinse in HOT water until the water runs clear.  

The only tablecloth I have ever done was a polyester blend that I tea stained to make ivory.  Same process, except I used teabags (about a dozen per gallon). I didn’t have a large enough pot for the stove top method so I used a large tote bin & filled with nearly boiling water.  To keep the water as hot as possible during the tea dye process, I kept scooping out water with pitcher, re-heated in the microwave & poured it back in. I used two pitchers and  just kept doing this over and over to keep the water in the tote really hot. I used the rinse cycle on my washing machine set on “HOT” to rinse it (this is after I turned the temp on my water heater up).  That was about 10 years ago and I have used and washed the table cloth many times since then.  Still ivory.

Test spot a corner and see how it work (you can always bleach it back to white).  If you have a lot of cloths to do, I would skip it and just buy ivory satin or ivory organza overlays. Efavormart has 72″ ivory organza overlays at about $3-4 each, some places even a little cheaper.  That will be enough to turn all your tables ivory. They also have champagne for a darker ivory look.

You could also overlay with mint colored tulle. That gives a really nice, soft look to your tables.

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