Dyeing Decorative Cord

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You can easily transform more then just fabric using fabric dye, just like a creative dyer did who creates nautical items using cotton rope.  Fabric dye to transforms the plain white rope with stunning results. Create custom dyed rope for clothes, accessories or home décor projects in about an hour. Use the standard readily available Tintex colours or use the colour guide to make custom dye colours suitable for your project.

Dye Cotton Cord Using Tintex


  • Cotton cord
  • Tangerine Orange Tintex
  • Kettle 
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Ruller or measuring tape 
  • Rubber or plastic gloves
  • Plastic (cover work area)
  • Optional: scissors 

Dyeing Directions:

  1.  Determine the length of rope need and add a little extra to account for shrinkage.
  2. Start with clean wet rope that has been soaked in water for up  to 20 minutes.
  3. Place boiling water to sink, add Tintex solution and stir until dye is completely dissolved; cotton rope is only added when dye solution mixed -- make sure rope is totally covered with dyeing solution.
  4. For up to 20 minutes, flip rope around with a spoon.  If needed add weight to help keep rope at the bottom of the sink; submerge each side for 10 minutes.
  5. When rope is desired colour, remove from dye bath and rinse entire length through cold water (do not wring).
  6. Hang to dry over a protected area.  Workspace can be protected with plastic (or place a bucket undergo catch drips). Dry for 24 hours depending on the temperature.

Prepare dyeing solution and after solution is dissolved place rope in dye bath


Rinse rope and hand to dry over a protected work area.


    Use the dyed rope for crafts, fashion or home decor accents.  


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