If you have a stained or very old shearling garment that you would not appreciate losing and would like to revamp, you should consider dyeing it!
If you decide to give it a try, you should know that Rit Dye is especially good for treating shearling clothes. Next you will find a 10-step process for dyeing any shearling piece, but before that, you have to get:
- Rit Dye
- A measuring cup
- An enamel pot
- White vinegar
- A wooden stick
- Gentle soap
Once you have all of the above, do the following:
1. Take a concealed area of the shearling and dye it to test the tone you want. If you want a lighter color, add more water, for a darker tone, add more dye.
2. Submerge the shearling in warm water ‘till it is completely soaked.
3. Melt 1 packet of powder¾or half a bottle of liquid¾dye in 2 cups of hot water.
4. Get the enamel pot and mix the dissolved dye packet in 3 gallons of water. This will work to dye 1 pound of fabric, if you need more, just adjust the amount accordingly. Please note that the dye will permanently stain the pot.
5. Unwrinkle the garment and immerse it in the dye mix making sure it can move freely.
6. Five minutes later, add half a cup of white vinegar to the dye mix to make the shearling’s color more even and deep.
7. Move the piece of clothing around with the wooden stick for 10 to 30 minutes, until you are happy with the tone.
8. Rinse the piece with warm water and gradually start using colder water until you don’t see any color in it. Do not use hot water, because your garment will shrink.
9. Wash the shearling with a gentle soap and rinse it with cold water.
10. Hang the garment to air-dry in the shade. Once dry, the color will look lighter than when wet.