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Fabric Gradient Dye Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Fabric Gradient Dye Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay
At last, the long awaited Gradient Dyeing Tutorial! I'm sorry it took so long to make, but here you go!

I've had a lot of practice with this method, and this is the formula that works best for me, so I hope it can help you dye your fabric with ease. Fabric dyeing is actually one of my favorite parts about costuming, so please don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any - I'll be glad to answer them!

Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and
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Given 2011-09-08
Fabric Gradient Dye Tutorial by *FireLilyCosplay Suggesters Words: I personally have struggled with the woes of dying fabric, and I think cosplayers everywhere will agree with me that this is an extremely helpful tutorial. The steps are clear and the results are even more promising. Hats off to *FireLilyCosplay for sharing this with us! ( Suggested by simonsaz3 and Featured by shelldevil )
Who-The-Hell-Am-I Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
I have to do a red to light green fade. The garment is a kimono and its only green at the bottom and the ends of the sleeves. Would you suggest bleaching my red fabric and then dying the bleached area green, or would you suggest something else?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would start with white fabric and dye it both red and green. Red fabric won't bleach to a white base so dyeing it green may result in a brown color.
Who-The-Hell-Am-I Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
Do you have any suggestions on specific ways that I can get the desired fade?
BluecrownStudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was JUST wondering how to do this the other day.  Thank you for this great tutorial.  You rock!
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
b18j Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Would the same process work for bleaching?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would assume so, but it depends on what type of fabric you are bleaching (natural fiber vs synthetic).
fantalover405 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
say that you were to take orange fabric and try to use this method with yellow dye.. would this work? or would i have to purchase white fabric and the two different colored dyes.?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm, I'm not sure, but I wouldn't think that would work.  You would have to bleach the orange first or remove the color from it, then try the yellow.  Dyeing generally doesn't work well on darker fabrics to lighter dyes.  You could always start with yellow fabric and go to orange.
LunaticLenny Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would this tutorial also work for satin?
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