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Dye Tutorials

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All of the information on this page was assembled in collaboration with the Facebook group Dyed Baby Carriers. If you have more questions regarding dyeing your baby carrier, join their group for assistance!

General Reference Websites

Paula Burch: All About Hand Dyeing

  • Lots of info about different dye techniques
  • Includes non-babywearing-specific techniques, so not all may be safe
  • Beware of methods using unsafe dyes or bleach
Dharma Trading Co
  • Lots of different techniques explained
  • Sells extremely high quality and safe dye

Vat Dye/Tub Dye/Immersion Dye

A vat dye is a simple method that results in solid coverage with one color.

Acid Dyeing is a method of vat dyeing necessary when dyeing animal fiber, like silk or wool. Doing a regular dye with soda ash on silk or wool is very harsh and may ruin the texture.

Gradient Dye/Ombre

A grad dye is a way to fade one or more colors across the length or width of a wrap.

Low Water Immersion

This method results in a splotchy, uneven almost marbled color pattern.

Ice Dye

Similar to low water immersion, ice dying allows for a splotchy, uneven color pattern, but gives you more control over color placement. This technique is popularly used with jewel tones combined with black in order to achieve a "galaxy" look.

Resist Dyeing

Resist dyeing uses wax, glue, or string to create a "resist," allowing certain areas of the fabric to remain untouched by dye.


Glue Resist Shibori Tie Dye

Marble Dyeing

Using shaving cream to "swirl" the dye gives a marbled texture.

Painting with Thickened Dye

Painting with thickened fiber reactive dye will give you the control of paint without the stiff texture often associated with it. This is great for places where you want a design or just need to "spot-dye" - for example, painting dye onto the straps of a structured carrier to counteract fading without harming the design on the body panel.

-- Alyssa Leonard - 2017-02-17

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