Ashlie
Savvy December 2021

Dyeing a huge bow

Ashlie, on October 17, 2021 at 1:44 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 8
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Hey everybody! I bought a giant satin bow to add to the back of my dress which I hoped would be off white and close enough to my dress but when I got it it turned out to be much brighter white. Anyway I don't have time to get another one at this point and I've toying with the idea of either attempting to dye it myself or take it somewhere. I have dyed some garments before with mixed results but nothing this subtle, large or important so I'm not sure of the best way to go about it if I do attempt it and have no idea where to look in terms of a place that would do it professionally. Does anyone have any experience or advice they could share?

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Latest activity by Ashlie, on October 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM
  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    I would never try to dye fabric. There is a reason that dresses can be custom made and fabrics are sold in a variety of colors. You are best off to have a local seamstress via Instagram or Thumbtack add one in a colored fabric. DIY dying rarely turns out because the color doesn’t get distributed evenly.
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  • Ashlie
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    Ashlie ·
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    Yea, I've dyed both synthetic and natural garments before so I'm all too aware of how it can go wrong. The bow itself was really cheap and I'm kind of at the point where if I can't find someone to do it professionally, I would probably just go without the bow since it was kind of a last minute after thought anyway. So I figured if I'm okay with not using it, I might as well try to do something with it and hope for a happy accident.

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  • JA
    Devoted March 2022
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    My only advice is to do a test square on the back of the bow to make sure it isn't going to get too dark. Use a small sponge or something similar to dab on some of the dye and let it sit for a few minutes
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  • R.L.
    Savvy December 2026
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    You can always somehow incorporate the bow into your wedding decor, reception area, or even to your bouquet or the altar or arch for the ceremony? Just a thought.

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  • Ashlie
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    Yes for sure- if nothing else being the crazy costumer that I am, it will definitely be put to use for something in the future! It's funny, I actually met with my seamstress the other day and she suggested trying the tea method but in the end we decided that the contrasting whites looked kind of cool too so I might just leave it. If anyone has any tips to share about tea dying in case I change my mind though I would love to hear!

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  • Ashlie
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    Yes for sure, this is good advice! The seamstress had to shorten the tails so I will have some extra to test on if I decide to do it!

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  • R.L.
    Savvy December 2026
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    Hey again! I didn't mention it in my initial post, but I was going to suggest henna dye for the fabric, but if you have no experience in it - I probably wouldn't let this be your first! But it's a pretty effective dye! What I will say is that I think henna dye will be a deeper red, but I'm not sure what you're going for. And I've used tea bags to dye paper, but not to dye fabric. Of course, look into it yourself as an alternative.

    I'm the same way though - if I initially bought something, I would want to use it somehow!

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  • Ashlie
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    Oooh that's sounds interesting! I might have to try that for something at some point. My only experience with henna was when I used to dye my hair with it in HS and I remember it being super messy but also really pretty!

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