You can turn any old pair of jeans into a weathered, dark shade by learning how to dye jeans a faded black color. This two step process will give you a new sexy look that goes well with high heels and tight tops. You’ll first dye your old jeans a dark black, then use pumice stones to rub some of the color out and fade the jeans here and there as if from wear. You can decide how much you want to fade your dyed jeans and exactly where. So here’s everything you need to know to dye jeans a faded black color.
What You’ll Need to Dye Jeans a Faded Black
2 packages of RIT dye, black
Mixing stick that you can throw away
Detergent and access to a washing machine.
3 Pumice stones
1 cup of salt (in case of over-dying)
Follow These Steps to Dye Jeans a Faded Black
Step #1. Prepare the Dye Mixture
In a bowl mix 3 cup of warm water with 2 packages of black RIT dye and stir until dissolved. Pour into a bucket full with enough warm water to submerge the jeans fully. When you dye jeans a faded black color take into account that the seams will turn black as well, blending in with the pants. It’s not recommended to try and fade them later with the pumice stones as this will weaken the jeans. So if you like having the highlights provided by the seams, don’t dye these jeans a faded black color.
Step #2. Dye the Jeans
Submerge the jeans in the dye and water solution and stir them continually for 15 minutes. If you want really dark jeans, leave them for another 15 minutes. But for the purpose of dying jeans a faded black color, less dying time is more in tone with the fashion style.
Step #3. Rinse the Dye Out
Rinse the dye out of the jeans by holding them under running cold water. As the dye runs out it will stain the sink or tub, so be prepared to have to clean them with chlorine. Otherwise, use another bucket to submerge the pants in with clean water (although you’ll still need to empty the bucket down the drain either in a toilet or the sink). When all the dye is out, wash the jeans in the washing machine with detergent and warm water on a normal cycle.
Step #4. Fade the Black Dyed Jeans
Spread the clean wet jeans on a table protected against scratching. Hold a tennis-ball-sized pumice stone in your hand and start rubbing the pants where you’d like to created faded areas. If you over-dyed the jeans black, the pumice stones may not work well enough. If so, you’ll want to soak the dyed jeans in 1 cup of table salt and a 1/2 bucket of warm water for 48 hours. This will weaken the dye and allow the pumice stones to rub off some of the black color as you rub the jeans. Work on the jeans when they are wet and do not rinse the salt out.
Step #5. Wash and Dry the Dyed Jeans
If you’ve immersed the dyed jeans in salt, wash them again in the washing machine. Dry the dyed jeans in a clothes dryer or on a clothesline.
The beauty of dying jeans a faded black color is in the fading, so take the extra time to immerse the jeans in salt water for the required time. You can also rub away color with a 40-grit sandpaper, although pumice stones have traditionally been used for stonewashing jeans.