Friday, August 13, 2010

Dyeing Ribbon

My favorite ribbon is the 5/8" Organza Ribbon #229970.  I dye my ribbon to match my projects.  For small pieces of ribbon I just color it with the markers and even out the coloring with a baby wipe. For larger project I use reinkers.  I save my empty embellishment containers for this purpose.  I mix rubbing alcohol with several drops of reinker in one of these containers,then I place a piece of ribbon that I have rolled up inside the container, put the lid on and shake gently. I let it sit until the ribbon soaks it all up shaking it now and then.  With gloves on I start pulling the ribbon out, gently squeezing the dye out of the ribbon. I put the ribbon on the paper from our shipping boxes to dry.  After the ribbon is dried I place it in the ribbon box and use it as I need for my projects.  The colors above are Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant and Regal Rose.  From the photo it is hard to tell that the colors all match but the Regal Rose, it turn out to match Cameo Coral (I'm not sure why, I figure I can sponge more Regal Rose over the ribbon to get it the right color).
These post all use ribbon that I have dyed.
So I hope if you haven't dye ribbon yourself that you give it a try! Both ways work depending on how much ribbon you need colored.


Mary Cavalier said...

Love the dyed ribbon - thanks for posting that.

cboyachek said...

I've always been nervous about dying ribbons (and the old pretties flowers) but you pretty much make it mess-free! Will have to try that. Now following you thru the thread on SC. I'm at

BeeBeebabs said...

I also love dyed ribbon!!!

Julie said...

I haven't tried this yet! Is it color fast aftewards or do you have to take extra care with it?

Great blog!!

Julie Babcock

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