How to dye a quilt - perfect for old dingy quilts that you LOVE but just need a refresh!

How to Dye a Quilt

Instructions for how to dye a quilt using rit dye.
Keyword How to dye a quilt, Rit Dye, Rit Liquid Dye
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1 quilt
Author Pretty Providence
Cost $10



  • 2 bottles Rit Dye
  • 6 gallons Hot Water


  • Choose dye colors and decide what you will dye your quilt in. You can do this in a bathtub, a washing machine, a kiddie pool, etc. (I used a kiddie pool.)
  • Follow directions on bottle of dye to decide your ratio of dye to water.
  • To dye a large quilt, you will need a lot of water. Fill buckets or pots with hot water from your sink or bath tub, and pour them into the kiddie pool with Rit dye.
  • Submerge quilt in water and stir often.
  • Continue process until you feel your dye has saturated your quilt well enough. I kept mine in for about two hours, because I knew I wanted mine to be really blue, and it just kept seeming like it needed more time.
  • Rinse quilt in washing machine. (I did two full wash cycles without soap.)
  • Dry quilt, tada!