DIY Mixing Marsala with Rit Dye

December 29, 2014

Use Rit Dye to mix Pantone’s Marsala Color of the Year 2015 to dye shirts and more!


I recently wrote about how much I adore Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015.  So naturally when I saw that Rit Dye was hosting a Marsala inspired giveaway, I entered.  And as luck would have it, I won!

A few days after contacting their rep with my address, a package from Rit arrived on my doorstep.  Inside I found a Rit Studio tote bag, apron, a spool of ribbon for dyeing, a Rit Studio project book and the colors needed to mix Marsala.
As part of my 2015 goals, I want to add more color to my wardrobe.  So I used my new set of dyes to create a couple new t-shirts in 2015’s Color of the Year.  I dyed a v-neck t-shirt bought on sale at Target as well as a white t-shirt that had seen better days.

Rit Dye Studio came up with a formula that perfectly creates Marsala.  All you need is a bottle of their Scarlet red dye and Cocoa brown dye.  I find that the stove top method works best for smaller projects while the washing machine method works better for larger projects.  Follow the directions on the bottle.  Make sure you use rubber gloves when dyeing projects!  My new Rit Dye apron also came in very handy!


  1. To dye a t-shirt on the stove top, wet the shirt and set aside.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and heat on the stove top until hot, not boiling.
  3. Add 8 tsp. Scarlet dye + 8 tsp. Cocoa dye.  Mix well.
  4. Add t-shirt to the dye and continuously stir until color is achieved.

I kept a plastic bag on hand to stick my shirt in once I achieved the Marsala color.  I used the basement sink to rinse the color out.  When the water ran clear, I washed the t-shirt in the washer machine.  Make sure to run your washer with bleach afterwards so your next load of laundry doesn’t turn pink!
I seriously cannot get enough of this color!  Since January’s all about updating rooms in the house, I might just dye new curtains for the living room.

What do you think about Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015?  What would you dye Marsala?


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