Procion Dyes

This information is taken from the instructions that come with Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dye. If it sounds a little like an advertisement, you can understand why. Hopefully it will give you some idea of what to expect if you are thinking of dyeing your own fabric at home. Procion Dyes are available in many craft and quilting stores.

Brilliant, Colorfast Dye

Procion dyes are permanent, colorfast and very washable. You can easily create a palette of brilliant colors ranging from light pastels to deep, vibrant hues.

Versatile and Easy to Use

Perfect for all natural fibers - cotton, rayon, linen, silk, wool,paper, reeds & wood. They will not dye synthetics.


Typically, 1 oz can dye more than 5 yards of fabric, or about 9 t-shirts.


Procion dyes are considered non-toxic when used properly. Common sense should be used when handling any dye or chemical.

Tub Dyeing

(for cotton, linen & rayon)

One lb. dry weight (3-6 sq. yards of fabric or 3 t-shirts)

  1. Be sure to wash fabric to remove any dirt, grease or sizing. We suggest using a liquid detergent or Synthrapol.
  2. Fill container (such as a 5 gallon plastic bucket) with 3 gallons of hot (105*) tapwater, add salt and dye in the proportion listed in the quanties chart. When salt and dye are completelty dissolved, add wet fabric and stir for 20 minutes. Stir constantly or at least every 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate container, dissolve the soda ash in one quart of hot tap water. When completely dissolved, add to the dyebath in 3 parts a 5 minute intervals while stirring. Do not pour directly on fabric. Continue stirring every 5 minutes for the next 50 minutes, 30 minutes for pastels.
  4. Remove from dyebath. Rinse in cold water. Wash in 3 gallons of hot tap water & 1 1/2 tsp liquid detergent or Synthropol. Rinse & dry as usual.

For information on purchasing Procion dyes wholesale, or to locate a retailer near you, contact the Pro Chemical Company at (617)676-3838.

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This page last updated on: October 20, 1996.