Upcycled Jacket

Upcycling is the art of making something old into something new (no need for something borrowed or something blue). Inkodye is no more, but SolarFast is here to save the day! This tutorial works even better using SolarFast than it did with Inkodye!

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Find something in the back of your closet or in an old drawer, perhaps even something that you've been thinking about throwing away. Then, apply Inkodye and step out into the sun to watch your item transform right before your eyes. It's that simple!

Inkodye is the perfect solution for projects like these because it is extremely permanent and will not fade or rub off when washed. So you can transform your entire wardrobe without worrying about bleeding colors and without subjecting your washing machine to scary chemicals. 

Used in this project:

InkoDye Red Violet

Find something to upcycle. In my case that involved going through the good 'ole back of the closet.

Jacket to upcycle

Decide color and placement. I decided that Red Violet Inkodye on the sleeves and trim would do the trick!

What to color

Prepare to apply Inkodye. I used a standard sponge brush and watered my Inkodye down a bit.

I diluted my InkoDye

Mix it up. For even results you'll want to make sure your dye is well mixed before you start.

Mix well

Apply your Inkodye. I started with the big areas I wanted to dye first, be careful not to drip!

Start with large areas

Do the details. I used the same brush, but you could switch to a smaller one for more control.

Smaller brush for more control

Watch for bleeding. Because I thinned my Inkodye it was more prone to bleeding, using seams helps.

Beware of drips and bleeding

Flipping your item. Make sure you don't get drips and moisture from wet areas onto dry ones when you flip.

Get both sides!

Try to evenly saturate. Areas that are less wet than others may develop as a slightly lighter color.

Even coverage

Accessorize. While you've got your Inkodye and tools out, why not do a few items?

Find other things while your paint is out!

Take out into the sunshine. You'll get your color in 5-8 minutes in the sun, a bit longer with pesky clouds.

Time for sunshine

Let it dry or give it a wash. You can let it dry naturally in the sun or give it a wash to rinse out excess dye.

Give plenty of time in the sun

Wear with pride. You've just turned something outdated into something awesome!

Wash out the excess dye and enjoy!

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