Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye

You can easily update old clothes with fabric dye. Dyeing old clothes is such a fun, creative , cheap and eco-friendly way to give old clothes a new life! So make your old clothes new again with fabric dye!

Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Pale pink cotton top dyed with turquoise fabric dye

I used simplicol fabric dye which is so easy to use. You simply toss your clothes and the fabric dye into the washer. Then wait for the clothes to “wash” and your clothes are dyed. It’s almost like Christmas because you never know what color they turn out to be!

Most of the clothes I dyed were 100% cotton but I also dyed wool, silk, linen and polyester clothes. Dyeing silk and linen was successful, dyeing wool not so much. 😉 Read more about it below!

Use Dye To Update Old Clothes
Hand-knitted cotton top dyed with turquoise fabric dye

The pink and orange colors of the top turned into various shades of gray, green, purple and brown.

Use Fabric Dye To Update Old Clothes
Hand-woven cotton scarf dyed with turquoise fabric dye

The hand-woven yellow cotton scarf turned green, while the turquoise embroidery stayed turquoise.

Use Dye To Update Old Clothes
Cotton skirt dyed with teal fabric dye

Years ago, I dyed this Victorian-style cotton skirt with sloe berries. However, I didn’t like the beige color, so I overdyed the skirt with teal fabric dye.

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Give New Life To Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Cotton T-shirt dyed with turquoise fabric dye

The pink flower on this T-shirt are still visible after the dyeing process.

Give New Life To Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Cotton-linen blend sweater dyed with turquoise fabric dye

I love how this hand-knitted sweater turned out!

Old Clothes Makeover With Fabric Dye
Cotton sweater dyed with turquoise fabric dye

I changed the neckline of the sweater before I dyed it.

Old Clothes Makeover With Fabric Dye
Cotton or cotton-polyester blend dyed with turquoise and overdyed with teal fabric dye

Because I didn’t like the purple color, I overdyed the top again with teal fabric dye.

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Old Clothes Makeover With Fabric Dye
Cotton-silk blend T-shirt dyed with turquoise fabric dye
Old Clothes Makeover With Fabric Dye
Cotton sweater dyed with turquoise fabric dye

The apricot color of this cotton sweater turned into a grayish green.

Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Cotton T-shirt dyed with teal fabric dye
Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Pale pink cotton top dyed with turquoise fabric dye

Polyester thread was used for the embroidery on this top, so the pink embroidery stayed pink.

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Using Fabric Dye To Update Old Clothes
Silk sweater dyed with turquoise fabric dye

This beige 100% silk sweater turned into a beautiful shade of teal.

Use Dye To Update Old Clothes
Blush pink cotton sweater dyed with turquoise fabric dye
Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Wool-polyester blend sweater dyed with turquoise fabric dye

I thought this sweater is made of pure wool. However, only the yoke part is 100% wool and this is felted now after the dyeing process!

Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Pale blue cotton T-shirt dyed with turquoise fabric dye

The yoke of this cotton T-shirt is obviously made of polyester because it stayed white.

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