One of my boys has an affinity for hats. He always has a hat on his head – sometimes even when he sleeps!
His favorite hat is a black driving cap he bought with his own money. He wears this hat everywhere. And it was starting to show some wear.
The hat had gotten dirty (he is a boy, after all) and despite a label that said “Spot Clean Only,” I had washed it a few times. So now it had a few spots and it was really faded. In fact, it almost looked brown.
He wanted a new hat. But with my pledge to live greener this year, I didn’t want to rush into buying something new. I didn’t want to toss a perfectly good hat.
I wanted to bring some new life to this old thing.
I decided that the best way to do that was to dye the hat. We found some good ol’ fashioned black Rit fabric dye at my local discount department store.
I read the directions on the package (there are four different ways to use the powdered dye) and opted to dye the hat in an old ice cream bucket we had. I made sure to wear a pair of latex gloves for the job. You’ll also need either salt or vinegar depending on the type of fabric you’re dyeing to help set the dye.
Note: Check the bucket for cracks in the bottom BEFORE you put the black dye in it. Learn from my experience!
I dyed the hat and then rinsed it (per the directions) and then hung it out to dry. The dye process only took about 1/2 hour, and the hat dried fairly quickly outside.
The pictures don’t do it justice, but it is a big improvement!
My boy is thrilled to have his black hat back again.
And I am thrilled to have found a solution for less than $5 that kept something out of a landfill.
So before you toss something out, take another look. Consider bringing new life to old things. Perhaps there’s something you could do with that old sweater or an old t-shirt. Fix it up, clean it up, upcycle it, recycle it, and save money, too!
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