Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday's Tute: Dying Lace with Paint

Wish you had some lace of a specific color?  Have lots of white or off white lace and some craft paint?  You can easily dye your own lace.

Craft Paint (the $1 stuff at the craft store)
Disposable cup, bowl, etc.
White or off white lace


 1.  Mix paint and water to a milky consistency.  About 5 water to 1 paint ratio.  The more water, the more translucent and lighter the dye.  The less water, the deeper and more opaque the dye.  Too much paint can make the lace become stiff.

 2. Add lace and stir to coat all of the lace with the dye bath.

3. Lay or hang the lace to dry somewhere you don't mind a bit of paint drippings.  I use our chain link fence, a tree, or bush (in this case).  Do not rinse.

4. After the lace is dry, it's ready to use in your next craft or clothing project.  It doesn't wash out. (So don't get it on something you don't want it on. ;)

Happy Sewing!


  1. I have heard about this and so glad to be reminded of this. I knew some people who would dye fabrics for costumes to wear in pageants. - Glad to know how to do it.

  2. Wow! That is so cool. I would have thought it would be stiff. Thanks for sharing!


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