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I would like to dye some 100% polyester doilies for a church project. I didn't think it would be a problem, but when I started to be Rit dye, the bottle said not to use on polyester. A big UGH. I went all over finding the doilies and now don't know what to do.

Anyone have any experience with something like this? I wonder if I could dilute food coloring or something natural. I'm not really locked into a particular color, but need it to be pretty.

Any thoughts? TIA. Demitra
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Polyester is tricky.  I'd try dyeing just 1.

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You can buy Polyester Fabric dye on Amazon, however often the color isn't exact.

Also U-Tube can provide you with How To Dye Polyester. 

 

Polyester, as a man-made fabric isn't conducive to absorbing color dye and one of the reasons it is impervious to most stains....  Good luck! Woman LOL  

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Poly is tricky to dye. Go to dharma trading co. They have a lot of different dyes for different fabrics, etc
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Thanks for the advice. I have to decorate for next Sunday so don't really have time to order a special dye. I guess I will revamp my plans. I just didn't think of the potential problem. Lesson learned.

I would even use paper doilies if I could find them in colors. I have bought pink around Valentine's Day, but haven't noticed colors any other time.

Why do I think of decorating projects that turn out to be so difficult..... Grrrrrr.
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Re: Dying fabric

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If there's a JoAnne's near you, there's a Jacquard dye that is supposed to dye poly.  

 

I bet a party supply store would carry colored doiles -- at least silver and gold ones.

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How about painting them?
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Good idea sidsmom - or how about spray painting they sell spray paint in michaels
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Won't paint make the doilies stiff?

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There are fabric paints...used for sweatshirts, shoes, etc.