Want to get into dyeing but wonder how expensive it is to start? I’ve put together a list of all the items you need to dye and their approximate costs!
Please note all prices are only a general estimate. Your actual costs will vary.
Obviously you can’t dye without the actual dye! At the most basic you need three colors: lemon yellow, fuchsia and turquoise. Using these you can mix a large variety of colors.
Cost: $3-6 ea (pricing determined by color)
This is the chemical that makes the dye permanent. You literally can’t dye without it.
It’s recommended you add urea to your dyes for two reasons: it can help dyes dissolve better and helps keep fabric wet longer. Tie dye only
Wondering where to purchase these supplies? See my post here.
You need something to put your prepared dye in, right? Squeeze bottles with spouts are perfect for tie dye. You’ll need at least one per color. Tie dye only.
Cost: $1.30 ea
Bottle openings are small and you’ll make a big mess without one. Tie dye only.
Needed to mix up the soda ash solution.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
So you can measure your chemicals and dyes.
Plastic Storage Bin
Bins are portable and easy to clean places to dye.
A cheap and reusable way to tie items up prior to dyeing. Tie dye only.
When you don’t want your project to sit in a puddle you need some sort of rack to set on top of your plastic bin to allow drainage. Look for things like a baking cooling rack or a wire shelf. Mainly ice dye.
If you’re ice dyeing, ice is necessary! Obviously not everyone will need to buy ice, but not everyone has an ice maker. Ice dye only.
Never reuse items used for dyeing for food
You need to protect your hands from chemicals and dyes. Use rubber or latex gloves.
It’s not really a good idea to breathe in the fine dye particles, so wearing a dust mask is recommended.
Total Startup Cost
Assuming you have none of the supplies already on hand and have to buy everything, here’s about what it would cost to get into dyeing:
$50 + dyeables
$50 + dyeables
Both Tie and Ice Dyeing
$60 + dyeables
After you have your dye supplies you’ll need something to dye! I didn’t include these in the cost above because these are going to vary a lot depending on what you want to do. I’ve listed two common items as examples.
Cost: $4 ea
I’ll fully admit that dyeing isn’t a cheap hobby (but neither is quilting)! It is a lot of fun though. I love being able to create my own fabrics.
What do you think? Is dyeing something you’re eager to try or is it just too expensive?