How to Dye Rayon

Dyeing your own fabrics using all-purpose fabric dye is not only easy and fun, but it gives you the freedom to change the fabric to any color you want. You can even mix all-purpose fabric dyes to create new and original colors yourself. All-purpose dyes also allow you to dye a wide variety of materials, including rayon. Although you can successfully dye rayon, it's best to start with a light color -- like whites or creams -- to achieve true color. If your rayon is a blend, make sure it doesn't contain 50 percent or more polyester or it will not dye properly.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose fabric powder dye

  • Small bowl

  • 2 cups hot water

  • Large stock pot

  • Spoon

Step 1

Empty one packet of powder dye into a small bowl. You will need one packet of powder dye for every pound of fabric. One pound of rayon is equal to about 3 yards.

Step 2

Add 2 cups of very hot tap water to the small bowl. The hot water will dissolve the powder dye. It's important to pre-dissolve the powder dye with the hot water prior to dyeing to prevent spotting or uneven dye.

Step 3

Fill a large stock pot with water. Place the pot on your stove and bring the water to a constant simmer. Add the dissolved dye to the boiling water.

Step 4

Wet your rayon with hot water before immersing it in the pot. This will ensure the rayon will be dyed evenly.

Step 5

Immerse the rayon fabric into the simmering dye bath. Stir the fabric for 30 minutes using either a stainless steel spoon or an old spoon that you don't mind getting color on.

Step 6

Rinse rayon that has been dyed a pastel or light color under cool water until the water runs clear. Rinse rayon that has been dyed a dark color under warm water with a mild detergent. Then, finish rinsing under cool water until the water runs clear.

Step 7

Dry your rayon fabric according to the care instructions.

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