How to Dye Fabric – Ombré Dip Dye Technique
How to Dye Fabric – Ombré Dip Dye Technique


Hi, I’m Clara from Online Fabric Store. Ombre is popular in fashion, hair, and decor. It describes the blending of one color to another or light to dark. This gradient is easy to create by dip dyeing fabric or clothing. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: fabric or an item of clothing, Rit dye, a spoon, salt (which is optional), a container for dyeing, rubber gloves, and also plastic to cover your work space and a pot for boiling water. Make sure your work space is covered with plastic or something to protect it from staining. For best results, use a fabric made from natural fibers like cotton and pre-wash the fabric. First, heat water for the dye bath. For this ombre technique you want enough water to be able to submerge the fabric. Soak the fabric in warm water. Wet fabric takes dye better and more evenly than dry fabric. Once your water is close to boiling, pour it into the container you’re using for dyeing. Put on rubber gloves and add the dye, shaking it well first. I’m using about 1/2 a cup of teal Rit dye for a strong concentration. How much dye you use will vary greatly depending on the amount of water, the amount of fabric you’re dyeing, and the color you want to achieve. For cotton, rayon, or linen fabrics, adding salt will help the dye absorb better. Then, stir the dye bath. To create the ombre gradient, the top of the fabric will be in the dye the least amount of time and the bottom will be in the longest. Holding onto the top corners, dip the fabric all the way into the dye for a couple of seconds. If you want white to show, or if you want to add a second color later, don’t dip it all the way in. Then dip the majority of the fabric back in and out. Continue to move the fabric in small up and down motions as you slowly pull the fabric further out of the dye. Moving it up and down will create a smooth gradient. If you want more defined lines between shades of color, hold it still at various levels. If you’re dyeing a lot of fabric, it may stick together and create folds that will cause the fabric to dye unevenly. Move the fabric around so the dye can reach all areas. The bottom part of the fabric will be in the dye about half an hour total. When you’re happy with how the dye is looking, you can leave the bottom in the dye for longer periods of time. Keep in mind that the color looks darker when the fabric is wet. When you’re happy with the ombre, rinse with warm water. Then switch to cold water, and continue to rinse until the water runs clear. Machine wash on cold and hang dry. If you want to add another color, after rinsing, repeat the process, this time dipping the other end into the second color. I’m mixing lemon yellow and apple green Rit dye. Dip the fabric into the dye like before, overlapping the color to blend them together. Finally, rinse the fabric and machine wash. Ombre is an easy dyeing technique with beautiful results. You can ombre pre-made items like shirts, dresses, curtains, or pillow covers, or dye fabric and use it to create something of your own. Thanks for watching this OFS project.

31 thoughts on “How to Dye Fabric – Ombré Dip Dye Technique”

  1. Laura Smith says:

    Would it be possible to use the ombre dip dye in combination with the no-Wax Batik technique?

  2. bl22dyr2se says:

    After dyeing and rinsing off the fabric, would it be safe to wash the fabric item with other pieces of fabric in the washing machine?

  3. sherilyn silviani says:

    I have a question. After the dying process, how long should I wait before I rinse the fabric with warm water?

  4. Bethy Prescott says:

    Would this work with tulip brand dye? And what do you think would be the best wait to make blue fabric fade into black?

  5. Jaebez Bleah says:

    The music is good.

  6. Sher S says:

    Best tutorial I've seen! Thanks!

  7. Andria Kantharuban says:

    I am trying to do a sunset sort of ombre for my textiles project and I am not really sure how to do it. Would I dye my white cotton fabric yellow first using the technique you have used and then dye it orange???

  8. Tracy Gustafsson says:

    This this technique also work with dying chiffon?

  9. Natasha Jones says:

    How well would ombre dyeing work for velvet. Also which one will work better, cotton velvet or a synthetic velvet

  10. B F says:

    +OnlineFabricStore.net I Have A Question. Do You Wash The Fabric With Any Detergent When You Wash It? Thank You For Making Such A Helpful Video.
    : ))

  11. Pebbles Westmaas says:

    How do you Do this with 3 colors?

  12. SweetYaoii says:

    How many times/for how long should I dip to the same length before moving upwards(it would take 30 minutes and that seem like a long time)

  13. Andi Fineran says:

    Would this technique, and these brands of dye work on spandex material, like a dance leotard? Would it work on a spandex material that had a bit of shimmer to it? Or are there metallic dyes that have a shimmer?

  14. Noblebird02 says:

    Would this technique work for bamboo/hemp blend?

  15. Amature___ Undertale Dubs says:

    would this word on a hoodie? its thick fabric

  16. gpigsrock says:

    Would this technique also work with the powdered rit dye? I don't see why it wouldn't, but I've never dyed fabric before and I want to be sure.

  17. Danny Sanchez says:

    Can you dye Fringe fabric which include the content of Polyester and Acetate?

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  19. toomuchfourU says:

    What is the care for something like this? Do you always wash on cold afterwards to keep colors in or is it safe to do warmer water when washing? I want to dye some white jeans purple since they don't have them in plus size.

  20. Justine Hanna Marie Saavedra says:

    Although it is preferred and works best to use the stove top method to dye polyester, is it possible to try and get an hombre dye look on polyester? Could you do the same or similar technique over the stove?

  21. Honey feathers says:

    Hi! I am working on a cosplay and I need to diy the yellow sleeves blue. Would this work with that kind of diy?

  22. Ana Raquel says:

    Can I dye Aida cloth with this technique?

  23. Marie Costello says:

    Will this work with polyester material

  24. Helena Vasco says:

    Lovely and it looks simple to make. Good tutorial, thank you.

  25. Mehjabin Sithi says:

    how can i do this process on chiffon?

  26. Stranger Friend says:

    How do I dye 18 yards of fabric?

  27. Jai Surya says:

    But after dye completed, if we wash the clothes then both colours will mix na?
    How we can prevent this colour mixing?

  28. Jarerum says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial 😀
    I'm planning to dye a fabric with turqoise to a darker blue at the bottom. Which color would you start with? The less dark one (turquoise) or the darker one (blue)?

  29. pish bol says:

    Will these work on tshirt?

  30. Ola Salam says:

    I should be able to do this process on jeans and canvas fabric (8oz) canvas?

  31. Leslie Jacobs says:

    How much salt are you using?

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