I’m a firm believer of not wasting things and a big advocate for not spending money where you don’t need to. This is why I get my clothes from charity shops, it’s why I make my kids ‘grow into’ things and it’s probably why I’m such a hoarder.
When Emma’s cardigan began to look a little tired she stopped wearing it, even when she was cold. My eight-year-old is very picky about how she looks – a perfectionist of sorts.
In her defence, the cardi was greying. You can see it’s of a fluffy nature and those fluffy bits looked really quite grubby. Even my go-to white washing powder, Daz, wasn’t doing anything to breathe life into into this sorry garment.
She had a point, I wouldn’t wear it either.
We hadn’t had it long, but because it started off as bright white, it got washed quite a lot. She’s quite the spiller and her two-year-old brother is a sticky fingered little fan of hers so it was never destined to stay clean for long.
It had cost me about £15 which isn’t loads but I wasn’t keen to discard it just yet, so I had the idea to dye it and I assumed that because it was so light in colour it would take really well.
I didn’t set out specifically to purchase dye when I was in The Range but I saw this ‘Powder Pink’ dye in the clearance section and thought of my daughter instantly. The link is to a slightly bigger packet but I think I paid about £2 so I recommend you check in store first.
The dying method was so easy I’m considering doing it for lots of other things. I washed the cardi, kept it damp, emptied the packet into the drum directly, set it to wash at 40 as per the instructions and the washer just did the work for me. You have to then wash it a second time with powder etc then I’d recommend doing a couple of dark washes after that so you don’t go accidentally dying everyone’s work/school shirts.
I’m really pleased with the results and so it my little girl. The colour is even in tone and beautifully vibrant. I feel like I’m kind of nailing this housewifing/motherhood thing that I’mm doing now.
Have you ever dyed your own clothes? Are you a fan of upcycling or buying second hand? I’m a charity shop addict!
Let me know your tips and tricks. The cardigan looks fab, doesn’t it?