Dyeing Questions Roundup

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Tintex gets many dyeing questions about everything from what colours we have to how to dye many difference items. Today we focus on recent questions about dyeing a straw hat and how to dye a blue T shirt brown.

From Gregory: 
"I have a Biltmore straw summer hat that is fading from sunlight exposure and I would like to dye it black. I'm not sure which product is suitable. Can you please advise how best to go about this."


Hi Gregory,

It is possible to use the hand dyeing method to apply our black fabric dye to your hat. Proceed carefully, as colour transfer may appear if the dye solution is not rinsed completely after dyeing. There is a chance that you may also experience colour transfer if it rains and the hat gets wet while you are wearing it.

To dye your hat: thoroughly mix Tintex with very hot water (ex: use a kettle to boil water) in a suitable bowl or stainless steel sink. You may use a paintbrush/foam brush to touch-up a specific portion of the hat or you can completely submerge your hat in dyebath. When ready thoroughly rinse the hat until water runs clear. It is very important that you rinse all of the dye out. After dyeing is complete air dry the hat and wear as usual.

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From Lorraine:
"Please can you help I have a royal blue T shirt, what color will it go if I put a brown dye in the machine?"
Blue T Shirts


Hi Lorraine,

Tintex is not suitable for 100% polyester (or 100% acrylic) fabric. Blends are dyeable if the majority of the material is a suitable fabric. If your T-shirt is made of cotton (or another dyeable fabric and/or fabric blend) it will be suitable for Tintex. If your T-shirt is made of all polyester it will dye very light or not at all.

If your fabric is suitable for our dye, you could use Colour Remover to lighten the royal blue (to a cream or ivory colour) before. In general, the closer your fabric is to white the closer your dyeing results will be to the package colour.

If you over-dye (dye without lightening first) the brown may have blue undertones. You could think of over dyeing fabric as similar to what happens if you were to blend blue & brown markers or paint together on paper (the new brown colour may still have some blue tones).

Darker colours use double the usual amount of Tintex (for the same dry fabric weight). If you use less dye the brown will be lighter; more dye makes the brown deeper. You may adjust the amount of dye as needed to suit your project.

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  1. Tintex August 29, 2018

    Hi Daphne,

    You can use Dark Plum or Purple (mixed with Black or Charcoal Grey) to make ‘eggplant’. You could also mix any Tintex red with any blue dye to make purple.

    When making a custom colour, adjust the amounts as needed to be darker or lighter by adding more or less dye. Adding a dark colour like Charcoal Grey or Black will make a custom purple darker.




    Tintex Fabric Dye

  2. Daphne August 29, 2018

    Hi I want yo color white nursing hats to eggplant. What colors will make eggplant purple?

  3. Tintex December 19, 2016

    Hi Crista,

    The stovetop dyeing method it is best for getting bold and bright colours, but it is not intended for good cooking pots. Materials vary and even after washing some pots may become stained from dyeing. It is ideal to use an old pot that you reserve for only dyeing projects.

    You can try washing your pot thoroughly with bleach and detergent. While Tintex is non toxic, it is not food grade.

    We do not recommend that you use your dyeing pot for cooking food. If you decide to cook with it even after completing a dyeing project, you will need to do so at your own risk.

    Our website has more information:





    Tintex Fabric Dye

  4. Crista December 17, 2016

    I dyed some wool the other day in my good stock pot. I’m just wondering if it can be used for cooking or if it is dangerous now? And if so why? I used Tintex fabric dye with catalyst T-7, purple #2.

  5. Tintex November 10, 2016

    Hi Jennifer,

    We love to dye jeans; it is so easy to get a new look with fabric dye.

    The classic deep blue indigo can be made by over dyeing your faded jeans. You can mix equal parts navy & black Tintex together. If you prefer you can sub royal blue and add more black (if needed). Darker colours always use double the usual amount of dye.




    We would love to see your before & after #Tintex results.


    Tintex Fabric Dye

  6. jennifer November 08, 2016

    I was going to dye a pair of faded blue jeans. What color will black and royal blue come out like.

  7. Tintex September 19, 2016

    Hi LaLa,

    Sounds like a fun project for Halloween. First check that your dress is made of compatible fabric for our fabric dye (Tintex is not for 100% polyester fabric, but fabric blends are dyeable).


    After you know that your fabric is suitable to dye you can lighten the fabric colour with Colour Remover. Once it is lightened to a cream (or off-white) colour you can dye kelly or forest green (you can also mix your own custom green colour). If you overdye (dye without lightening first) your new colour will be a mix of both colours (dark purple and green).





    It is helpful to do a fabric dye colour test either on a small piece of your real fabric or a small piece of white paper towel. You can then adjust the dye colour as needed.

    We hope that this helps you get some ideas of what to do with your dress. You have lots of time until Halloween to experiment.

    We would love to see your finished dyeing project.

    Tintex Fabric Dye

  8. LaLa September 18, 2016

    Hello, I want to be Madusa for Halloween this year and figured I’d make my own costume instead of spending lots of money on one. I went to a thrift store and bought a deep purple bridesmaid dress to use but would like to try to dye it a green color. Any suggestions as to what I can do???