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DIY: Dye Your Clothes Using This Unexpected Household Item

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 1 month ago | Features

During these unprecedented times, we have been staying home more. Which means cooking lots, prioritising self-care, and getting more involved in crafts around the house. One of our latest favourite activities is breathing new life into tired old garments by dyeing them ourselves. 

And Honestly WTF has published an awesome guide on how to do just that, using a common household item: tissue paper. Got piles of the stuff lying around post-Christmas or birthdays? Well, it doesn't have to go to waste. According to the blog, dyeing with 'bleeding tissue paper' is super easy and will give your garments a soft, pastel-like palette. 

Here's how to do it yourself.


- 'Spectra' or 'bleeding' tissue paper
- A light coloured garment like a slip dress or tee (preferably made from natural fibres)
- Spray bottle
- Water
- White vinegar


1. Handwash your garment in lukewarm water with a few drops of laundry detergent, then rinse clean

2. Soak the clean garment in 1 cup of white vinegar and 3-4 litres of water for about an hour

3. Lay out your wet garment on a protective surface (or on the grass) and cover it with pieces of the tissue paper (you can choose to use one colour or multiple colours). If you find the fabric is drying out, you can rewet it with water in the spray bottle

4. Cover the entire garment with tissue paper and spray it down with as much water as possible (this is what will cause the colour to run onto the fabric)

5. After 10-15 minutes, remove the tissue paper and rinse with lukewarm water

6. Hang your garment to dry and, once dry, heat set the colour by running an iron over your garment

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