DIY to Try: Re-Dying Faded Black Denim

PicMonkey Collage2Let me just tell you about my love affair with this pair of Gap jeans (P.S. on sale!). I might have been guilty of wearing them every. single. day. They’re my go-to on date nights, weekend trips and lazy Sundays. It’s love, guys. To say I’m obsessed with them would be the understatement of the year.

But unfortunately, daily wear caused them to fade a bit. I know, I know. The obvious solution here is to just order another pair. But because I was craving a little challenge (and wanted to save a few bucks), I grabbed a bottle of Rit and went the DIY route. And it totally worked.

Follow the steps below to see how you can breathe a little life into your favorite pair of black jeans:

DSC_0972_editedSupplies needed:

Rit fabric dye
Hot water
Large bucket
Gloves (strongly advised. I learned the hard way)
Dish soap
Paper towel
Old towel
jeans_editedStep 1: Fill large plastic container or dishpan with very hot water (140F), enough for the fabric or item to move freely (about 3 gallons for one pound of fabric). I heated some water on the stove, but you can use tap water if it’s hot enough.

Step 2: Add dye to water and stir well.jeans2_editedStep 3: Fill a measuring cup with 1 cup of salt, and set aside 2 cups of hot water.

Step 4: Because my jeans were cotton, I went with salt (If you’re working with silk, wool or nylon, use 1 cup of vinegar instead). Add salt/water mixture to dye bath. Add squirt of dishwashing liquid and stir well.jeans3_editedStep 5: Using a paper towel, test dye color to make sure it’s the shade you want. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.

Step 6: Make sure to pre-soak your item in regular water before adding it to the dye bath. Once added, stir constantly for about 10-30 minutes. P.S. – gloves are definitely advised for this part.

After your item is finished, remove and rinse with warm water. To wash, add to the washing machine with an old towel.

And now you’re ready to wear!

DSC_1013_editedHave you ever dyed clothing at home? If not, you should give it a go and let me know how it turns out!

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  • Becky M

    I’ve never done this before – your steps seem easy to follow though! And they turned out great!!

    • Thanks, Becky! It’s a lot cheaper than buying another pair :) And I love my jeans too much to part with them just yet.

  • rachel

    I’m so excited to try this. All my black denim is faded :-/ Thanks for the tips!!


    • Awesome, Rachel! Let me know how it turns out!