So, I just had a new pattern come out in the September issue of Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine and I had promised to get the directions up on my blog to dye the cotton sweatshirt fleece that I used for the Polliwog pattern for those who don’t know how to do it. I apologize, time got away from me!
Here are the directions, it’s very simple really!
1. Wash your cotton sweatshirt fleece in a mild detergent to get the sizing out, but don’t let it spin. Hand squeeze the excess water out– but you do want it to be pretty wet.
2. Fill a pot (make sure it is a pot you will NOT cook in EVER again! Find one at a garage sale or the Family Dollar Store, and relegate it to dyeing!) with luke warm water about 3/4 of the way full. For a yard of fleece I use a 3 gallon pot.
3. For a nice peachy color I use “Sunshine Orange” Rit Dye and a bit of “Petal Rose” Rit Dye, in the liquid dye form (not the powdered). Using the cap as a measuring tool, pour the orange dye into the cap, until about the ridge that sticks out inside the cap. Pour into pot and stir (again, using a spoon you will NEVER use with food!). Now add the rose, about 1/3 of what you added for the orange. Stir.
4.Place your wet fabric into the pot and stir, make sure you have gloves on. The color will take hold quickly. Pull the fabric out and make sure there are no folds in it that the dye couldn’t get to. If you like the shade it is, let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. If you’d like the color to be a little darker, let it sit longer, or add more dye.
5.When you are happy with the color, rinse the fabric in cool water. I then rewash the fabric and dry it. You can choose to use the fuzzy, comfy side out or the smoother side if you are going to paint features onto your doll.