I have been working on a bathroom redo. These towels will not quite match the new aqua/brown/red/orange color scheme. I got the idea to dye towels from my friend Lydia. What a great idea! I had to use two bottles of dye, but at $2.50 for a bottle, that is a good deal for three “new” towels and I also dyed two small rugs. You can find the RIT dye in the laundry soap section at Wal-Mart
Here they are in all of their chocolate brown glory. The one thing I did wrong was that when I put the dye into the washing machine and started to add water, I did not wait long enough before I put the towels in. The directions say that you are to put the dye in the machine, fill it with water and let it agitate for a minute to mix the dye well. I was too impatient and put the towels and rugs in before it all got mixed. What happens is that you get a few places where the dye is darker. But if you carefully follow the directions, you should be able to have beautiful new towels in whatever color you want!!! And the dye does not come out when you wash the towels. I have already washed these and they are fine.
You can see a few places on the rugs that didn’t dye evenly- but like I said- I am sure you can do a much better job and have perfectly dyed rugs and towels.
The white polka-dots are done with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is good for this because it is permanent and will not come out when washed.
The brown towels are very happy in the new bathroom. You can go to my art blog to see how the redo is coming along.