(Closed) Go ahead call my Crazy!!! A crazy DIY project?!?!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

Hahahaha I’m going to be doing that same DIY too. Blue and everything. I don’t think it’s crazy. It’s easy to dye stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
4 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Now, I have never dyed anything, but this doesn’t sound crazy at all! This sounds absolutely FABULOUS and I fully support this DIY project. Hands down. No doubts about it.

…I’m actually jealous that I’m not doing this.

Post pictures when it’s complete?

Post # 9
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

Go for it!!!! It’s going to look awesome!!!

Post # 10
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Just make sure that you use the right kind of dye. There are fibers that dye with salt/ash based dyes and fibers that dye with acid based dyes. If your crinoline is made of nylon or something else that requires an acid based dye then the best way to dye it if you don’t want to invest in a giant steel pot (don’t use one you cook with) is to get a giant plastic paint bucket from the hardware store or to use your stainless steel sink if it’s deep enough and plugs well.

  • Clean your fabric with a detergent like synthaprol, then eep the fabric wet ahead of time so that it absorbs dye evenly.
  • On the stove heat your water to boiling and pour it into the bucket, add your dye and acid (citric acid powder works best but vinegar will work okay), stir well, add the wet fabric, keep stirring, make sure that the fabric is fully submerged, then put the lid on and let it soak, stirring it every once in a while until the water is cooled.
  • Then drain the bucket, and while gloved to the elbow (it will stain any surface it touches including you!) wring out the fabric, rinse it out with cool water until it runs clear, and clean away excess dye with the cleanser then rinse again, wring, and hang to dry.


Synthaprol detergent

Acid Based Dye (for nylon, silk, or wool, a 1/2 oz jar would be plenty for one petticoat)

Citric acid powder for acid based dyes

Fiber Reactive dyes for cotton, hemp, rayon



Post # 12
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

this is probably one of the things im most excited about. im sewing in tulle in pink orange and yellow under my dress but its pretty much the same idea, i have a short dress so it will peek out alot. do it. i think it adds so much and is totally my personality.

Post # 14
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@couawilou:  perfect, that’s sounds just like you!!  i think it’s great.   i can’t wait to see it.

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