I have some light blue velvet drapes. Is there any safe way (shrinkage prevention) to dye them a darker or brighter blue?
By Jan from Selden, NY
Velvet will be a pain to dye at home! See if a local dry cleaner knows of some place to dye items.
I would not attempt this at home. Go to a laundromat and use their extra large washers, be sure to set the dye with uric acid like the professionals do, it's better than vinegar for setting. Also I would not over dry them, any wetting and drying may cause shrinkage. If you want a change you could always add trim or a ruffle to them. I took a pair of paisley voile curtains I had put away years ago and re-designed them into shorter ones with ruffled tops instead of tab tops and my friends all really like them, before no one noticed them. Good luck. :)
I did this once, about 20 years ago. They were light blue and I dyed them royal blue. At home. In the washer with RIT dye. No problem. Just run bleach and old towels through the washer after. they didn't shrink and I used them for years. If they don't shrink now when you wash them, they won't shrink because you dyed them either.
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