Saturday, September 20, 2008

Uses For Kool-Aid - #3

Kool-Aid makes a terrific dye!

Yippee for crock pots!!!

Dying fabric in your Crock Pot is super easy!
This won't work with all fabrics. Silk works well. I have heard that wool does too. I guess you could probably try different swatches of fabric to see what works and what doesn't. If you don't have a crock pot you can use a large pot with a lid on the stove.
Also, this can only be done with the sugarless Kool-Aid packets - you can't expect the same results with the pre-sugared variety. Kind of a no-brainer, I know, but I just thought I would add that tip.

Step 1. Make sure that your fabric is clean and wet.
Step 2. Fill your Crock Pot with water and add 1 to 3 packets of your Kool-Aid dye coloring. The more you add the darker your color will turn out.
Step 3. Add your fabric and turn your Crock Pot to high.
Step 4. When your Crock Pot is nice and hot turn the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Step 5. Rinse your fabric and wash with soap in very warm water.

All done!
You will probably want to wash your dyed fabric separately from your regular wash - but this goes for anything you dye, not just Kool-aid dyed fabrics.