How to dye buttons

How to dye buttons

Mary Marlowe Leverette is a highly regarded housekeeping and fabric care expert and writer, sharing 40 years of experience in efficient home care, stain removal methods, proper storage, and conservation. Mary has consulted as an expert for Proctor & Gamble, Sears, Publix, and for media outlets including Real Simple Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, and NBC’s “Today Show.”

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Buttons are both functional and an accessory for a garment. They can also be used to create home accessories like a button wreath and art. But there are times when it is nearly impossible to find just the right color to replace a lost button or to enhance a new sewing or craft project. Buttons can also lose their original color or break when exposed to bleach or other harsh laundry products. Fortunately, it’s rather easy to dye or recolor buttons so they match your clothes or inspire you to create the perfect craft project.

Before You Begin

The first step is to gather all of the buttons you will need for your project. It is important to dye all of the buttons at the same time and with the same batch of dye to keep the color consistent. Add in an extra button or two just in case one is lost. Plus, it’s also good to have a couple of extra buttons to use for testing to make sure you get the color you desire.

The buttons can be plastic, leather or bone. Always take the button’s original color into consideration; it is much easier to dye a lighter colored button darker than to lighten a dark button. If the buttonholes are already in place on the garment, be sure to test that the new buttons will pass easily through the opening. While buttonholes can be made smaller by sewing together a small portion of the edges, it is much more difficult to make a buttonhole larger.

If the button has a printed design or layers of color, it is nearly impossible to conceal the pattern. Test dye a sample button to see if you like the look before doing the entire batch.

With your buttons ready, be sure that you set aside enough time to complete the project from start to finish in one sitting to ensure the best results. Generally, the process will take at least one hour, though it can require more time, depending on your buttons, dyes, and the effect you’re going for. This is not a last-minute project!

What You Need


  • Buttons
  • Dyes: commercial dye or natural dye
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashing liquid and warm water
  • Artist sealant protective spray


  • Latex gloves
  • Glass or plastic mixing container
  • Muffin tin or individual small cups
  • Tweezers
  • Dishwashing liquid and warm water

How to Dye Buttons

Protect Your Hands and Work Area

To prevent discolored hands, always were protective gloves when working with any type of dye. It is also a good idea to protect your work area with an inexpensive vinyl or plastic tablecloth.

Mix the Dye Solution

If you are using a powdered or liquid commercial dye, mix the dye and water in a container following the package directions. When using homemade natural dyes that you have made yourself or purchased, mix enough to completely cover all of the buttons at one time. Creating separate batches can lead to colors that don’t match.

Prepare the Dye Bath

Pour a small amount of the dye into the cups of a muffin tin or individual cups.

Dye a Test Button

Begin with a test button. Time how long you leave the button in the dye to achieve your desired color. Remember, most buttons will appear lighter after drying than they do while wet.

Place the Buttons in the Dye Solution

When you have determined the proper dyeing time, immerse all of the buttons in the dye solution, one button per cup. This will give you the best chance of an even dye color on all of the button surfaces.

Use tweezers to turn each button several times to ensure that they dye evenly on each side. Leave the buttons in the dye solution until they reach your desired color.

Rinse, Wash, and Dry the Buttons

Remove the buttons from the dye bath and rinse with cool water. Mix a solution of one teaspoon dishwashing liquid and two cups of warm water. Wash the buttons with the mixture to remove any loose dye, rinse, and lightly pat dry with paper towels. Let the buttons sit on paper towels to finish drying. Turn a couple of times so the buttons dry evenly on all sides.

Set the Dye with Acrylic Sealant

When the buttons are completely dry, place them on waxed paper to will prevent sticking as you spray the surfaces with a sealant. Space them out so no edges are touching.

In a well-ventilated area, spray the buttons with a sealant (artist varnish), following the directions on the sealant container. When the buttons are dry, turn them over and spray the other side.

I ran into a dilemma last week. I was completely out of a specific colour of craft buttons and I needed some ASAP! After frantically searching the internet for the exact same buttons (same size, same colour, same shape) I came out empty handed.

I was at my wits end when I decided that the only route to take would be to dye some existing buttons I had in a different colour that were the exact same shape and size.

After doing some research, I found out that RIT dye was pretty much the only dye that would work on plastic buttons properly.

Then came my adventure to find said dye in my little town. Five stops and 4 phone calls later… thanks to stores directing me to other stores, who directed me to other stores… I finally found my RIT dye!

As luck would have it, they didn’t have the colour I needed, but I managed to grab a couple of alternate colours to mix.

When I got home I started my button dyeing project.

Before I begin…

Before I begin my little tutorial though, I wanted to explain some things I learned as I was attempting this.

The directions I was following said to mix the dye with hot water and let the buttons sit in it for 2 to 5 minutes. So I did this. And nothing really happened.

The buttons changed colour only slightly and after about 5 attempts with different dye-to-water ratios, I was about to call it a bust.

That’s when I started thinking about the “hot water” step. There was some reason that the water had to be hot… so I started over with the goal of making the solution BOILING HOT and keeping it that way until the buttons were done. Well, guess what… it WORKED AMAZINGLY! On to the tutorial…

How to dye craft plastic buttons

You will need:

  • Lightly coloured plastic or nylon buttons
  • Newspaper
  • Rubber gloves
  • RIT dye of your choice (powder or liquid)
  • A non-sentimental mug or dish
  • Tinfoil
  • Microwave
  • Plastic spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Water

Prepare your area with newspaper because things are gonna get messy! Wear some rubber gloves to protect your hands. Then grab some white or lightly coloured buttons. Mine were a very light pink:

How to dye buttons

Step Two
Line a bowl or a mug with tinfoil. Use a dish that you don’t care about, because it WILL get dye on it. Unfortunately there was little way around this even when lined with tinfoil. I decided to use tinfoil to help “trap” the heat.

How to dye buttons

Step Three
Take a plastic microwaveable bowl and fill it with water. Pop it into the microwave for about 2 minutes or until you can actually see it boiling. This is SO important that you have the hottest water! Be careful taking it out!

How to dye buttons

Step Four
Grab your Rit dye! Pour the boiling water into your tinfoil lined mug or dish. Add your dye. I used about a tablespoon for a mug full of water. Your buttons will be darker if you add more dye, or lighter if you add more water. I used green and navy dyes to make a dark teal shade.

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Step Five
Add your buttons to the mix, and stir! If you can, try to keep the buttons separated because I noticed that if you have a lot of buttons in there at once, and they clump together, you get weird un-dyed bits of patterns on some of them.

How to dye buttons

Step Six
Cover your boiling hot mug or dish with another piece of tinfoil. I did this to “trap” in the heat. Leave the buttons for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to mix them around a bit.

How to dye buttons

Step Seven
When they get to a shade you like, pull them out with a plastic spoon! Rinse them all off under cold water with a little dish soap.

How to dye buttonsHow to dye buttons(These ones were a little too “green” for my liking so i popped them back into some navy dye afterwards)

New buttons!! Give it a try and let me know if it worked for you!

Just remember: heat is the key! I would have tried this on the stove in a pot if I wasn’t so scared of ruining everything with dye, but the tinfoil definitely helped hold the heat!

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Last Updated on December 29, 2020

How to dye buttons

By Dana Fox

Founder of the Wonder Forest blog and brand and bestselling author of the Watercolor With Me book series.

Buttons come in a wide range of colors. You just can’t always order the exact color of buttons you need. This is most times the case when trying to replace a missing button from a unique piece of apparel. Moreover, sometimes you don’t have the time to wait on delivery or you need a unique shade of a certain color.

If that is the case, then your best option is to dye your buttons by yourself. To help you out and make this process as simple and easy for you as possible, we provide you with a lot of useful information and tips for when you decided to dye buttons.

2 Methods on How to Dye Buttons

There are two most widely used techniques or methods when it comes to dyeing buttons. You can either use all-purpose dye or alcohol ink. Now both methods get the job done, but there situations when one is more suitable than the other.

The all-purpose dye is what you will use if you have multiple buttons or a whole batch of buttons to color. It is simpler, faster, and a lot less messy. On the other hand, the alcohol ink method is the one to be used when you really have only one missing button to color or you want each of your buttons to have a unique look.

As such we will focus on the All-purpose dye method herein.

The All-Purpose Dye

Before you start you should have all the buttons you plan to dye on the working surface. Keep in mind that in order to get out the same matching colors, you must use the same batch. Also, we recommend you add a couple of extra buttons so you will have some for testing and some spear ones later on.

The material of the buttons plays no role, they can all be dyed successfully. The thing to keep in mind is the buttons’ original color. It is much easier to dye light colors than dark ones. Furthermore, buttons with certain patterns will be hard to conceal; patterns usual remain visible.

Moreover, to dye buttons successfully, make sure to do it in one sitting. It takes usually about an hour for the whole process.

Dye Buttons Step-By-Step

1.) Protect the working surface.

2.) Put on latex gloves.

3.) Mix the dye and water according to the directions given on the dye’s package (make sure you have enough dye and color all buttons in a single batch).

4.) Pour some dye-water ready mix into a small cup.

5.) Start with a test button, to see if you are satisfied with the results. Measure how long you leave the button inside the dye. (NOTE: wet dye appears darker in most cases)

6.) Once you have determined the time, you can immerse all of your buttons. If you want perfect results, use an individual cup for every button. Use tweezers to turn buttons a couple of times to make sure both sides get equal dye distribution.

7.) Once your predetermined time is reached take the buttons out and rinse them with cold water. Then use the mixture of two teaspoons of dishwashing soap dissolved in two cups of warm water to wash the buttons. Then use paper towels to dry pat them.

8.) Place completely dry buttons on a waxed paper (cooking paper will do) and spray them with sealant according to the sealant container directions. Repeat on the other side of the buttons.

This is it. You now have your own colored buttons.

We hope our detailed instructions will help you out with your future dye buttons endeavors.

When I saw that you could dye buttons on the Rit Website I knew I just had to try it. I’ve been going through my vintage stash of old buttons. I know that I have so many I just couldn’t justify buying more. Especially when I found this lovely Kerr jar filled with lots of vintage beauties! Alas, big jars come with lots of buttons. I like the cool ones, so the rest, well, they just get sorted and moved and never used. I also tend to use bright colors so a whole bunch of other colors just sit. I also mainly use big buttons, so all the little buttons get left behind. Its sad. I think you get the gist. So I gathered all the buttons I don’t intend on using and put the best in my Etsy shop. Take a look at them here. I did all the work for you.

Rit Dye will color buttons made from nylon and plastic. Some of the buttons I tried did not dye well. I had a lot of transluscent buttons that were very shiny. Those did not take dye as a rule. Many of the vintage buttons that were semi opaque dyed in a wide range from very deep to very pale. My favorite white molded, vintage buttons came out very good or very bad. I threw a few new buttons in the mix. They as a rule took the dye beautifully. The colors were intense and bright. The top photo shows all of the buttons I dyed. You can see how glass and other plastic type buttons did not take any color on.

Here is a good image showing the new buttons in the foreground. The older buttons are behind them.

Here are the tools you will need.
Plastic table cover
Disposable gloves
Measuring cup and spoons
Eye Dropper or Paint Dropper
Disposable cups, bowl, spoons
Rit Dye
Paper Towels
Very Hot Water

Gather all your tools together.

I used 3 colors
Lemon Yellow

They are close to primary colors. I was able to get a nice purple, orange and green by mixing these 3 colors.
They are less than 4 dollars each. I recommend using the liquid dyes. First of all, you wont need to wear a dust mask. You never want to mix powered dyes without respiratory protection.
The liquid dyes are concentrated and you don’t need to use as much.

Rit Dye has the formulas for dyeing over 500 colors! To get those recipes click Here.

The Rit Dye website on how to dye buttons is here.
They recommend that you add 1 teaspoon of dye to 1 cup of very hot water. I used a tea kettle to heat the water. I want the dye bath to stay hot for a longer time so I used Styrofoam cups. This dye is heat sensitive. Once it cools it is not as affective. To prolong a dye bath once it has cooled, add very hot or boiling water and add more dye.

I used less than a cup of water. You only need as much water as it takes to submerge your buttons. I also used more than a teaspoon of liquid dye. I wanted the dye bath to have a better concentration of dye to water.

Add your buttons to the dye bath. I recommend dropping them in with a spoon to avoid splashing dye onto your clothing or kitchen floor.

Let the buttons sit in the dye for at least 2-5 minutes. Here is a picture of what they look like after 5 minutes.

I left some of my batches in for 20 minutes. Once the solution cools, the dying process is ineffective, so why leave them in longer? The buttons were a bit darker with the longer dye time, but not by much.
If you want your colors to be more intense, just add more dye.

I decided to try dyeing some secondary colors, green, purple and orange. I just mixed some of the dye colors I had mixed on a disposable plate. Just be sure to cover your buttons completely.

Then rinse and wash in soapy water. I used dish soap and did not see any of the dye come out. Then rinse again and let dry.

I totally recommend putting the drain cover over your sink opening with holes small enough to stop any buttons from going into your garbage disposal. Believe me. Digging them out after you hear that awful clattering is something you or your hubby do not want to hear!

Have fun with your new buttons!

Here are some beautiful examples of fiber art using buttons. I found these on Pinterest. I’ve added the artist’s website when available. I hope you find them very inspirational.
Some of them have tutorials and one site has an Etsy shop which contains lots of amazing vintage buttons. I’ll be ordering more soon. Doh! I’m supposed to be destashing! Well, buy some of my vintage buttons here so I can go buy more from someone else.

click here to find Simply Stephy’s blog. It will take you to her Etsy shop where you will find more goodies.

Find a cute blog and a tutorial for these cute hair pins at A Home Makers Journal

These are so cute and there is a link to a tutorial on Red Brolley’s blog.

I love this mixed media piece. I found this one at Life is A Beautiful Place to Be, which is also a lovely blog to visit.

Here is a simple button bracelet and a tutorial. I found it at Hope Studios

Here are a few more jewelry pieces from the following sites in order of the images shown: Sew Many Ways and An Era’s Ambiance Jewelry

Of course you can use buttons on your crazy quilt blocks, glue magnets or thumb tacks on the back to use on your fridge or bulletin board. You can use them as is or stack them for more texture and interest. You can sew them on your favorite blouse or sweater to update it and make it more “you”.
Give this craft a try. Its fun and easy!

Here are a few of the buttons I have in my Etsy shop now. You can purchase the buttons I dyed for this tutorial in lots of 100 for only $7.00. You can purchase Lot 1, Lot 2 or Lot 3.

A few more tips when using Rit to dye cloth-
Add salt when dyeing cotton, rayon, linen and ramie.
Add vinegar when dyeing nylon, silk and wool.
To determine how much salt or vinegar to use, go to the Rit Dye website

I hope you give this a try. It was a lot of fun and not too messy. Just don’t forget to use your gloves!
Check out my home page by clicking on my logo at the top of the page to see more tutorials and musings on my blog- fiberluscious!

When I wanted to try dyeing MOP buttons for my silk blouse the first person I called was my friend Sharon. Sharon is very experienced with dyes and paints and dyed a bunch of plastic buttons a couple of years ago – yes, you can dye some plastic buttons too! She recommended I use Rit dye and experiment first with one button to check the color and time.

I used one cup of water with four capfuls of liquid dye in a small Corningware dish. I prefer to use a glass dish because it’s non-reactive. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Thread the button(s) on a string (I used some topstitching thread) and put into the mixture. I looped the thread around one of the dish’s handles so it wouldn’t completely fall into the liquid. I checked my button every 5 minutes. After 20 minutes I realized that this was going to take a very long time! But, by then I could already see that the color was going to work, I just needed to simmer it for a long time to get the saturation I wanted. I strung up the rest of my buttons (make sure you dye a few spares!) and simmered them for three hours. I turned off the stove and left them overnight when I went to bed.

The next morning, I decided to try to get them a bit darker so I started with a fresh batch of undiluted dye. After a couple of hours they finally looked good to me so I rinsed and hung them to dry. I can’t imagine that they will fade but we’ll see. Due to all of the gathers on my blouse I will probably dry clean it so I’ll let you all know how they hold up to those chemicals. Hopefully, they’ll be fine because I have a ton of men’s MOP shirt buttons and plans to make a few more silk blouses.

Because MOP buttons require such a long cooking time, I really recommend you use a dish with a lid. Not only does this prevent all of your liquid from evaporating, it also prevents the dye from getting into the air. It’s not just a little stinky, it can’t be too good to breathe in either. If you are going to be standing over the pot a lot I’d recommend a mask of some sort too. Most of my dying consists of quick jobs like lingerie elastic (which dyes in mere minutes) so it’s not been a problem before. I just wanted to mention it to you so that you can be prepared.

PS: Don’t forget that anything you use for dyeing should never be used for food again. I’m you already knew that but it bears repeating.

  • Tintex Fabric Dye
  • Colour Remover
  • Whitex Wonder Whitener
  • Colour Chart
  • SDS
  • Tintex Product FAQ
  • Dyeing Method FAQ
  • Dyeing Problem FAQ
  • Tintex Shipping & Stores FAQ
  • Fabric Dyeing Tips
  • Product Instructions
  • Wood buttons or other small wood item (clothespins, beads etc.)
  • Tintex Fabric Dye(s) of choice
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons (Tsp & Tbsp)
  • Dyeing container (plastic bowl, stainless bowl or glass bowl)
  • Plastic cover for workspace
  • Rubber or plastic gloves
  • Paper towels to test colour
  • Fine sandpaper (optional to remove finish)
  • Sewing supplies (needle, thread, scissors) or glue gun (optional to attach dyed buttons to garment, accessories or crafts)
  1. Protect work area with newspaper and plastic; protect hands with rubber or plastic gloves to avoid staining.
  2. Prepare wood by sanding to remove existing finish, wipe with damp paper towel to remove dust.
  3. Prepare dye powder: measure 2 tsp Tintex with 1 cup very hot water (140 F is preferred, so use a microwave or a tea kettle if needed). You can also make your own custom colour using 1-3 dyes of your choice.
  4. Test dye color to be sure that you are satisfied (use a small piece of fabric or a light coloured paper towel)
  5. Use a plastic container, glass or stainless bowl; all items need to be fully covered with dye solution.
  6. Dye for up to five minutes (or until color is ideal) item will appear slightly darker while wet.
  7. Rinse items to thoroughly with cool water to remove extra dye, use soap and water to hand wash and air dry as usual.
  8. Attach buttons to garment or use in crafts or accessories

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‘How do you dye buttons?’ I’ve been asked, and I’ve been ‘dyeing’ to tell you! I’ve been practicing, having some ‘wow’ and ‘oooh look at these’ moments, turning the little critters into bright, colourful little beauties. It’s quite amazing! Are you ready for a tutorial?
Use dye and hot water.
1. Dissolve some fabric dye in an old metal pot with boiling or very hot tap water. I’ve used as little as a teaspoon of dye to 250ml of water for a small lot. I’ve also used more dye and/or more water. There’s no need to add salt.
2. Place the plastic buttons into the dye so they are covered. Leave them there for 10 minutes, stirring and shuffling now and again with an old spoon or kitchen implement. Keep the water simmering – hot but not boiling.
3. Remove the buttons and rinse them with warm water until the water runs clear.
4. Admire the results as you spread them out to dry! That’s it!

Some hints:
I’ve used both Dylon and Rit brands, powder and liquid, and have been happy with all of them. Use the ‘multipurpose’ Dylon, as t he one with ‘cold’ written on it only works on certain buttons. Chemists sell the little tins of Dylon. Try to negotiate a deal, because Dylon has a new line of sachets out now, and chemists are going out of the old stock. Rit comes in little boxes about the size of a jelly packet. Craft suppliers and Big W type shops also sell dye. You don’t need a lot, so start small.
Use rubber gloves. Cover bench tops with a thick layer of newspaper. Chux is useful to put the buttons on to dry.
Expect the unexpected. The buttons will not all end up looking the same, as different materials absorb the dye differently. Some will be very dark, some light and some won’t take at all. The same plastic materials will take the dye equally the same, but glass buttons don’t dye!
You will think it’s not working, but it will work. The buttons will look strange during the process. For a stronger result, increase the heat briefly, and/or give them a longer time. For less depth of colour try taking them out earlier or diluting the dye. Or try not using any extra heat at all. Try putting them back in again for more colour. Extra time and heat won’t hurt, and it will give deeper colour.
Pearl buttons and beads take the dye well.
Op shops often supply used, white shirt buttons. Reuse, recycle , repurpose and upcycle them!
Use a curtaining net type fabric as a makeshift sack when you have lots of small buttons, to save ‘fishing them out.’ Use the same net sack for rinsing, or use a colander.
Keep dyeing lot after lot in the same hot dye solution.
Try mixing colours. Make some pink, then add a little blue to get mauve, etc. Maybe turn some blue buttons mauve by putting them into pink dye. Or change emerald green into mint green by adding a little blue. Remember the colour wheel and be creative! White and light coloured plastic buttons work best.
You can use a microwave instead of the stove top.
The dye can be tipped down the sink. You could keep it, but I haven’t bothered as it’s quite cost effective in small amounts.

Let me know how you get on! You know I’m dyeing to hear from you!

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17 Oct 5, 2012 4:48 pm

Just a small update. The dye seeped about 1/2 a mm into the silicone. I need to take a picture of this. I’ll to that soon. Also after a week under 3 high power UV lamps, the dye did not fade in any noticeable way. I’d say this is a good (only?) way to change the color of silicone. I have only tested black so far though.

Last edited by Xevin (Oct 5, 2012 4:51 pm)

18 Oct 7, 2012 10:40 am

Did you test these in a gameboy

19 Oct 7, 2012 10:54 am

Did you test these in a gameboy

20 Oct 7, 2012 7:21 pm

I was thinking about dying the silicon button pads that go underneath the dpad/A/B buttons. Would that work the same way?

21 Oct 8, 2012 9:22 pm

Here’s the pictures I promised.

After a week under 3 high power UV lamps. (I forgot which side was which, but it’s safe to say they are identical; NO loss of color)

The dye seeped about 1/2 mm into the silicone. The thinnest part of the silicone was black all the way through.

I haven’t actually put them into a gameboy just yet, but I’m certain the color will hold permanently and not transfer to the gameboy. I rubbed on this test piece and got no dye transfer at all. I’ll report back if this is not the case.

It should work fine on the other silicone pads. I started dying 3 sets of A/B and D pads. I got them both to dark grey after 3 passes. Maybe 3-4 more passes and they will be pitch black. I think it takes more passes to get them to black because they are white to start with and not grey like the start/select buttons.

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1 Sep 26, 2012 4:31 pm

A Little Bit About Me:
I’m a long time lurker on these forums. I love chip tunes, but I have absolutely no musical talent. I also love retro gaming hardware and games. So I’ve had a business idea floating around in my head for a while and over the past year I’ve been slowly gathering my resources to make my ideas happen. Right now I’m in the process of restoring/modding

30 DMG-01 GameBoys. I had a neat idea for a “PianoBoy” (That is white case and black buttons) and everything was coming together perfectly until I got to the start and select buttons.

The Problem:
The start and select buttons are made of silicone – a durable and rubbery like substance. Silicone is known for the fact that it acts very much like human skin. Like human skin, paint will not stick to it for long. I didn’t know this going in so I tried everything to make the buttons black. Spray paint, vinyl dye, permanent markers, Rit dye with acetone, even car bumper restoration dye. Nothing would stay on this stuff. I mean it would paint on fine, but even after 2 days of curing it would just peel right off with a little rubbing. Unacceptable.

The Solution:
I’ve been googling for some answers for a few weeks until I came across an article about how someone had accidentally spilled some hair dye onto the calking in their bathroom and they were looking for help to remove the dye. *CLICK* Calking is sometimes made with silicone. And they could not remove the dye? This is something I had to try.

I went straight over to my local Walgreens and grabbed some Revlon women’s black hair dye ($4.50).

Found some suitable yellowed “test” buttons.

Mixed up about 1/4 of the dye in a small plastic cup.

After a few hours the buttons appeared to be changing color. EXCELLENT! I left them in over night and this is what I got:

Awesome! I can’t rub or wash the coloring off the buttons.

Some Notes:
It takes a LONG time for the dye to get it this dark. I checked on the buttons numerous times over a 4 hour period and on the last check of the night they were only half dyed. I then left them in the dye overnight (8 hours) and that seems to have made them nearly completely black.

I washed the buttons with dish soap (Dawn brand) to remove grease and clean them between each “treatment.” This may or may not help the silicone take the dye.

Fresh mixed hair dye may be more effective then old dye. I made a new batch of hair dye every time I checked on the buttons. This may have helped dye them.

Heat may speed up the dying process. When human skin is heated it expands and I assume the same is true for silicone. If the microscopic gaps in the silicone enlarge when heated, this could help it absorb the dye faster and easier. More testing is needed to confirm this.

I tried adding acetone to the mix to make it speed up the dying process, but it made the hair dye ineffective against the silicone, so plain old hair dye seemed to work best. There may be another additive that could help though.

I’m letting them go for another day to make sure they are pitch black, then I intend to cut one open to see how far the dye permeated the silicone. My guess is it goes deep.

The dye seems to change the exposed portions of the buttons (the tops) faster then the rest of the silicone. I’m not sure if this is because of previous exposure to light (and UV) or because this is the part of the button that has been touched and roughed up from use.

I have not tested this whole process in the long term and this may result in dye failure over time. I have heard that UV light breaks down the color in hair dye, so that could be a potential pitfall. I plan to leave one of the buttons under a powerful blacklight and two reptile UV lights to simulate long term exposure to the sun. I will post back with my findings.

As far as I know, I am the first person to come up with this technique. If someone knows a better technique or finds a way to improve this one, please post it here.

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Dye to Match Buttons, Zips and Threads

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Jil Sander, SS11, Milan. Buttons from Mrecht.

While you’re enjoying the myriad of colours available for the Spring-Summer 2011 collections, spare a thought for the production teams who are responsible for co-ordinating every last colour matched detail.

–>While buttons, zips, threads and other trims and fastenings can appear to be available in a variety of colours, they seem to have a knack for always being not quite the colour that you need on your newly designed garment. A thread which is slightly too dark, too light, or slightly the wrong tone can become the detail that distracts the eye away from the silhouette. With the wrong thread colour, messy stitching suddenly becomes more obvious and makes the garment look less professional and using an incorrect zip colour can make a hidden closure become a strange focal point.

The phrase most commonly used for specifying that a trim is to match the fabric colour is “dyed to match” or abbreviated to DTM. Which is a way of specifying to your manufacturer that the fastening will need to be colour matched if possible or otherwise dyed the exact colour of the fabric. This seems to be simple enough though it can be quite a subjective term, one persons “perfect match” can look disasterous to someone else. Especially when garments from the same collection are made by multiple manufacturers. Then you can end up with threads being chosen in many variations surrounding the desired colour, but not actually matching the shade exactly.

The best way to avoid colour matching disappointment is to provide manufacturers with all the accessories, fastenings and threads where possible. This will mean that even if different people are sewing the garments, they will all be using the same coloured components.

If you are creating a sample collection and need a certain shade of button or zip dyed in a small quantity then you can get it dyed by a specialist or you can do the dyeing yourself. Just make sure that you have bought the correct dye for your fibre type – cotton dyes won’t dye polyester zip tapes, for example, as the colour will not set and will just wash away when rinsed. And always buy a spare or two in case the colour doesn’t turn out as planned.

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Jil Sander, SS11, Milan.

Below are some examples of the type of sample cards that are available from suppliers. From these you can choose which buttons you want and have them dyed to match your chosen fabric:

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The sample cards below show an array of different colours for zips. They show samples of the colour of the zipper tape (the fabric section running either side of the zip) but the actual zipper teeth and zipper pull are not specified here.

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Christopher Kane, SS11, London.

Below are examples of thread colour cards for standard sewing thread. Embroidery thread manufacturers also provide separate sample cards.

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Our model is 5t10″ and is wearing a UK size 8

In collaboration with Leah Prather, the artist behind MILK DYES – an artisanal dyeing studio. Leah’s technique evokes strokes of a paint brush or a flurry of falling flower petals. Each is beautifully one of a kind.

  • Large oversized pockets
  • Medium weight, brushed cotton twill with a hint of stretch
  • Premium quality buttons sourced from deadstock – Your jacket will have either style button shown in the product and model photos
  • Garment dyed in non-toxic AZO-free dyes then hand tie-dyed
  • Pre-shrunk for consistent fit right out of the box
  • Easy care with machine wash gentle cold, tumble dry low or hang dry. Wash with like colors, low iron. Do not bleach.
  • Length is 28″ in size Medium. -/+ 1″ each size down/up
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Inspired by artist work jackets, our handsome Painters Jacket is the versatile jacket you’ll reach for everyday. Five contrast buttons next to oversized pockets provide visual interest. Cut and sewn from our high quality, medium brushed cotton twill fabric. Ethically made in California.

Kaitlyn (first photo) is 5’4″, bust 36″, waist 27″ and wears size 2 in this photo.
Karina is 5’3″, size 2/4 and wears S in this style. She also wears Lakeside Jumpsuit In Tie Dye Chateau & Lakeside Jumpsuit in Dark Moss.

Approximate measurements all around with garment laid flat, unstretched.
XS – Bust 39″, Waist 38″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 26.5″ – Overall Length 26″
S – Bust 40″, Waist 40″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 26.5″ – Overall Length 26.5″
M – Bust 41″, Waist 41″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 27″ – Overall Length 27″
L – Bust 42″, Waist 42″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 27.5″ – Overall Length 27.5″
XL – Bust 43″, Waist 43″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 28″ – Overall Length 28″
1XL – Bust 46″, Waist 46″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 28.5″ – Overall Length 28.5″
2XL – Bust 48″, Waist 48″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 29″ – Overall Length 29″
3XL – Bust 50″, Waist 50″ – Sleeves (collar to sleeve hem) 29.5″ – Overall Length 29.5″

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At Jones, we pride ourselves on bringing you superb quality products and to be able to bring you the best, we need the right modern equipment to do so. The dye house has been an integral part of supporting the button department since 2005 when we commenced an investment program to improve the capacity and capabilities of what we offer whilst developing a more environmentally friendly process.

We were one of the first in the industry to develop this feature, and it has become essential to the day to day running of the business.

The dye house specialises in dying Polyester and Nylon buttons, and at the hands of our experienced and talented specialists, we have become one of the very few companies in the country to be able to offer an extremely high level of colourfastness on surface dyed buttons.

This is achieved through a precise process of heating the raw button material, which opens up the surface of the button, much the like the pores of human skin, to allow dye to penetrate the surface, a mixture of safe and environmentally friendly dyes and chemicals are used to help seal in the colour.

Our dye specialists have spent years building on skills and perfecting the formulas that make our buttons some of the best in the industry. Our laboratory is fully equipped with state of the art equipment, to allow us to constantly check and maintain quality.

We are proud to be one of the only places in the industry to be able to do this, combined with being the largest trade supplier in the UK, we have all the tools to provide you with the highest quality products to help your business thrive.

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Our girls’ tops are made with soft, cotton-blend fabric and a relaxed cut that promise easy wear. The collar and plaid pattern lend classic style. A tie-dye finish updates the look. The sleeves are ready to be styled her way—cuffed or straight. The rounded hemline makes sure these tops add structure to outfits—even when untucked. Plus, eight tortoiseshell-inspired buttons give her the option to style them buttoned up or layered over a tee. Make it an easy outfit with Justice Denim jeans.

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Our girls’ tops are made with soft, cotton-blend fabric and a relaxed cut that promise easy wear. The collar and plaid pattern lend classic style. A tie-dye finish updates the look. The sleeves are ready to be styled her way—cuffed or straight. The rounded hemline makes sure these tops add structure to outfits—even when untucked. Plus, eight tortoiseshell-inspired buttons give her the option to style them buttoned up or layered over a tee. Make it an easy outfit with Justice Denim jeans.

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“My hands are always doing something,” says Barbara Bryan — sewer, knitter, weaver, spinner, and quilter, just to name a few of the craft practices that have captured her attention since childhood. “Usually, it involved thread and some sort of needle,” she says. “But I’ve also made furniture, bound books, stained glass, and blown glass. I’m all about the making.”

Even more, she is about the process: piles of wool are spun into thread, the thread woven on a loom into fabric, and the fabric made into something wearable. Her teachers have included her mother and grandmother, who sewed their own clothes; farmers shearing sheep at the annual Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville; and a woman in Charleston who worked in indigo dye.

How to dye buttonsPhoto by Colby Rabon

In her home in Columbia, SC, Bryan had multiple rooms dedicated to her multiple interests, along with multiple collections of materials from buttons to batik, from yarn remnants to fabric scraps collected off the floors of sari factories in India and sold to crafters.

Her hands were also the tools of her professional life, first as a teacher of the deaf, and then as a massage therapist and childbirth attendant. When the midwife that she assisted retired, Bryan decided it was time to fulfill her dream.

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An element of the abstract (not to mention innovative framework) distinguishes Bryan’s vivid work in stitching, weaving, and quilting.
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“I’ve lived almost my entire life in Columbia, South Carolina, but since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to grow old in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a handmade house with handmade stuff. I threw a prayer out to the universe to find a place in Western North Carolina.”

When she moved into a timber-frame home she had built in Old Fort five years ago, one of the first things she did was go to the Visitors Center and tell them she was interested in crafting; she was pointed to Arrowhead Gallery and Studios directly across the street.

How to dye buttonsPhoto by Colby Rabon

“In this area, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a maker,” she says. “In Columbia, I was a big fish in small water, and here it’s the opposite, which is wonderful. There are guilds and classes and so many makers. Basket makers, broom makers, and a couple in Black Mountain [who have] a forge working in iron. It’s so exciting.”

How to dye buttonsPhoto by Colby Rabon

Downsizing from 1,600 square feet in Columbia to 600 in Old Fort, Bryan says she charged herself with using what she already had for her projects. “I’m nearly out of buttons, but there’s the ribbon pile and the batik pile. There’s always another pile,” she says with a laugh.

How to dye buttonsPhoto by Colby Rabon

Since she took a studio at Arrowhead a year ago, she also has more space, which is especially useful for her spinning wheel and the loom she vowed not to get. “Until recently, the only thing I hadn’t done until [now] was weaving, I just couldn’t let myself go down that rabbit hole.

“But I was seduced — and and now I have a table loom.”

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Tailoring involves creating new shirts, pants, skirts, shorts, and hats at the sewing machine located inside Emily and Haley’s house. Boots and shoes can also be custom-tailored, which does not create a new item, but transfers the stats from one pair to another.

Tailoring and Dyeing are unlocked in a cutscene the day after the player acquires at least 1 Cloth. Emily will appear in front of the player’s house and tell them that they can tailor clothes using the sewing machine at her house.

Each item requires Cloth in the feed and one other item on the spool. Prismatic clothing is random, so Cloth + Prismatic Shard can produce any of the 5 prismatic clothing items (including duplicates).

Shirts, Pants, and Hats cannot be sold anywhere in Stardew Valley. Boots/Shoes can be sold to the Adventurer’s Guild.


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Shirts chosen at character creation at the start of the game are not dyeable. Their corresponding tailored versions may be dyeable, after being created at the sewing machine.

The Oasis sells a random Shirt each day of the week for 1,000g . Shirts that can be chosen at character creation but cannot be Tailored or obtained any other way may be sold at the Oasis.

Note that there are three shirts called “Bandana Shirt”, none of which are dyeable. The non-dyeable “Sailor Shirt” chosen at character creation is visually nearly identical to the dyeable “Sailor Shirt” that can be created with a variety of fish, and has a dyeable neckerchief.

For dyeable shirts that can be created with more than one item, the color depends on the item used to Tailor it.

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The past year has brought increased scrutiny throughout the fashion supply chain, specifically within the textile industry. Join our webinar “Brace for Impact: Addressing Impact in Your Supply Network & Product” March 8 to learn what to do.

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YKK’s latest development follows through on its commitment to incorporating more recycled fibers into its offerings. On Tuesday, the global trims manufacturer debuted a collection of two zippers and a button made with Econyl regenerated nylon.

Manufactured by synthetic fiber producer Aquafil SpA and supplied in collaboration with Tokyo-based trade company Itochu Corporation, the circular material is made from nylon waste collected from around the world. Some of its biggest sources include industrial plastic, fabric scraps, fishing nets from the aquaculture sector and old carpets. In 2020, the company launched Aquafil Carpet Recycling, a division focused on the recovery and processing of post-consumer rugs and carpets used to create Econyl. The company previously reported that its facilities have the capacity to collect and treat 36 million pounds of carpet each year, making a sizable dent in the waste stream.

YKK’s new collection features a Vislon Natulon plastic injected zipper, an Excella Natulon brushed metal zipper and a sew-on button to use on nylon garments. All are made with Econyl, which can be continuously recycled without loss of quality.

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“YKK understands circular fashion as a regenerative system where garments are circulated for as long as their maximum value is retained, and then returned safely to the biosphere,” said Hitoshi Yamaguchi, president of YKK Italy. “Not only do we want to optimize the use of raw materials and increase the recycled content, but we also work to understand the end of life of the garments and verify the compatibility between our proposals and their subsequent recycling.”

The collection builds off YKK’s Natulon range, which includes materials made from PET bottles, old fiber and other polyester remnants. In a sustainability report published in December, the trims manufacturer reported that 10,000 Natulon zippers of approximately 23 inches in length give new life to 3,600 recycled plastic bottles. YKK increased its Natulon zipper sales by 88 percent in 2021, bolstering its effectiveness. Looking ahead, it plans to increase its waste recycling rate to 90 percent and shift entirely to sustainable textile materials by 2030.

“As a small part of the supply chain, we firmly believe that circularity is the key to building sustainability,” Yamaguchi said. “This is our motivation when we design the highest quality recycled and recyclable fastener products.”

The range is a part of the YKK Spring/Summer 2023 Collection, and available to the European market.

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T.B. Scott Library presents “Baskets Galore and More” by Cindy Leskey

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Cindy Leskey’s unique pine needle basket designs incorporate many organic and found items, such as this one that uses an antler as an integral part of the design. Submitted photo.

Cindy Leskey, a longtime resident of Merrill, says she has always been interested in creative and artistic endeavors, including (but not limited to) painting, sewing, and miscellaneous craft projects, said a recent press release from the T.B. Scott Library announcing the return of ArtShare exhibits to the facility.

Now Leskey’s passion is creating stunning handmade pine needle baskets. Though fairly new to the world of pine needle basketry, her creative designs make a statement and intrigue crafters, artists, and viewers alike.

“A friend, Carol Schlintz, introduced me to this craft five years ago,” Leskey said when asked how she got started. “She winters in Florida and would harvest the needles, bringing several totes back to Wisconsin.”

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A 12″ ruler beside harvested pine needles from Florida shows the length of the needles Leskey uses to make baskets. Submitted photo.

Leskey uses loblolly and long leaf pine needles that are 12-15” in length to create her pine needle baskets. Some are woven using the natural color of the needles, but in most cases, she and her friend would hand dye the needles to create brilliant colors.

Originally, Leskey and Schlintz “Camped at the same campground and would spend several weekends dyeing the needles and pouring the resin bases,” Leskey said, “then splitting our work.”

“Since then, Carol now resides in Florida full-time,” Leskey said. Now … “My neighbors visit Florida every year and harvest needles for me to dye myself.”

Leskey said she never knows what the finished product will look like until she completes the last stitch.

Each of her baskets are unique and designed using organic materials and reclaimed jewelry, beads, buttons, and keepsakes, mostly found at second-hand stores and garage sales. The bases are sealed with polyurethane or set in resin.

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Leskey hand dyes pine needles to brilliant colors for her basketry. Submitted photo.

Leskey has also expanded to rope baskets made with clothesline, fabric, and trinkets. Each basket is one-of-a-kind.