Modern Tie Dye: How to Dye Nylon

Miriam Dorsett
3 min readJun 24, 2020

Tie-dye has been making a big comeback. Shibori (Japanese dyeing techniques) has been making a splash as well. Big brands have been jumping on the trend, and teens have been diy-ing sweaters and shirts on tik-tok all quarantine. There are many ways to dye clothing, but what about items made from nylon or protein fibers, like fur, wool and silk?

Well, apparently you can now dye your own tights, socks, and anything made of nylon / spandex from the comfort of your home, using professional grade acid dyes. We Love Colors has released Color Pills in three colors: red, royal blue, and yellow. And the cool thing is you can mix and match them to make any color or shade you want. So, what are Color Pills? They are highly pigmented dyes in powder form, packed in a safe, cute and easy to handle pill that dissolves in water. These dyes are made and packed in USA.

Here is the easy 4 step process on how you use Color Pills:

Let’s move into the fun part! How to dye.

*The garment you are dyeing must be made out of nylon or nylon / spandex.

Or any protein fiber such as silk or wool.

  • Make sure your garments are clean before you dye them.
  • Find a cooking pot large enough to fit the garment you want to dye so that it completely submerges it with water.
  • Drop your color pills in the water and stir until they are completely dissolved. (the casing will dissolve, or alternatively, you can pop them open and pour the contents directly in the water if you choose)
  • Add your fabric or garments into the water and bring them to a boil
  • Once boiling add a ½ cup of white vinegar
  • Stir constantly and boil for 30 minutes to obtain an even color.
  • The longer you boil it the deeper the shade
  • Once you achieve your desired shade take it off the fire, bring into the sink and rinse your garments with cold water until the water is clear.
  • Add fabric softener to make your garments extra soft (optional)

Please note: When you want to launder it, try to wash it on it’s own or with similar colors to prevent bleeding.


  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Avoid contact with the eye and / or inhalation
  • Do not ingest.
  • Wear a mask, safety glasses and gloves when using this product.



Miriam Dorsett

Hi! I’m an aficianado of loving life. I live mostly in Miami, & write from wherever. Like Nadura. Do Chibur. Believe #whynot!? Necessito practicar mi espanol.