So remember those cute and comfy cloth diapers [aka the best burp cloths ever] I made last week and I told you that I would show you how to dye the fabric. Well today is the day! As you know I love color and these wonderful onsies are just so darling!
Out with the white and show me the color! You can essentially dye anything that is one hundred percent cotton. The process is the same for onsies and the cloth diapers. All you need is a pack of fabric dye. I got one pack for about $2.50 and the process is very similar to making jello. It is easy to make but it takes forever to be done!
1. Put warm water into a big bowl or bucket. It needs to be big enough for your fabric to swim in. The more water you put in this dye bath the lighter the onsie will be so take that into consideration.
2. In a cup of HOT water [not boiling] dump the dye and about 1/4 cup of salt. Again, the more dye you use the bolder the color. I used half but if you want a deep color, use the whole pack. Mix until everything dissolves.
Now, wash the onsies in water. This helps them to dye evenly. Put it in the dye bath and let it sit for hours stirring every half hour or so. The longer you leave it in the bath the bolder the color will be.
It may look really dark but most of the color washes off. This was the teal one before it went through the washer and dryer. Be sure not to get rid of the dye bath just yet.
Once you think it is ready [at least two hours soaking], put it in the washing machine by itself. DO NOT MIX COLORS. Teal with teal. Once that is done, wash the next color. This is why it takes so long! I dyed one color a day. After it is finished washing alone I washed it one more time with a load of laundry and threw it in the dryer.
After the drying process you might realize you want the color to be bolder. This happened with the red one. If that happens, just soak it in water and put it back in the dye bath and let it sit longer. After five hours I had to give the red one a full day and a half.