Oh, Faux You Didn’t: How to Dye Almost Any Synthetic Material (Like a $13 Faux Sheepskin)

How to Dye Almost Any Synthetic Material (Like a $13 Faux Sheepskin from Ikea)

I’ve been known to dye pretty much anything that isn’t nailed down, but there’s one project I’ve been wanting to try for a while that I’m only just now getting around to. Why? Because I totally wasn’t sure that it would work.

I’ve dyed everything from napkins, to shoes, to baskets, even hangers. So what the heck was my DIY dyeing mountain that I was scared to summit?! A $13 faux sheepskin rug from Ikea. I know, I know…pretty anti-climatic. Why was I stressing over this?

In all honestly, I couldn’t tell ya. It was just one of those things that seemed simple, but I knew deep down it could be a total failure. ANYWAY, long story short, I finally rolled the dice on this thing a couple of weeks ago (remember that orange bucket mess on Snapchat?) and am sharing the tutorial today.

Ikea Hack // How to dye a $13 faux fur rug from Ikea

Since this Ikea rug is made of a synthetic material, you won’t be able to use a standard dye, but it’s still super easy! Pinkie promise.

Ikea Hack // How to dye a $13 faux fur rug from Ikea

FYI – It’s recommended that you use the stovetop method for synthetic materials, but I wanted to try it my tried and true way to see if it would work. And it did! So, that’s the way I’ll show you how to dye this puppy.


  • TEJN faux sheepskin mini rug from Ikea
  • fabric dye that works with synthetic materials (I used Rit synthetic)
  • large bucket
  • rubber gloves
  • dowel rod or similar to continue pushing rug into dye


1. Start by submerging the faux sheepskin in water. Then, wring out the excess water and set aside.

2. Pour a full bottle of synthetic fabric dye into a bucket filled with 3 gallons of hot water. The hottest water you can get (just from your sink is fine – as long as it is hot).

3. Stir the dye bath thoroughly with a dowel rod or large spoon.

4. Lower the rug into the dye bath, all the way, making sure that the rug is fully submerged in the dye. Keep the rug submerged in the dye bath for 60-90 minutes. And stir every few minutes with dowel rod to ensure that the dye adheres properly. This is a lot longer than I would normally keep items in a dye bath, but I found that in this case, it needed to be in for that length of time, with the bucket method that I used.

5. Remove the rug from the dye, as you squeeze out any remaining water/dye from the rug. Lay flat until dry. Heat set in the dryer and its ready to use.

NOTE: Running the rug through the dryer did change the texture of the rug a little bit (made it fluffier) and I kind of with I wouldn’t have done it. So, keep that in mind… If you like the texture of the rug when it air dries, you may want to just leave it as is, without heat setting.

Ikea Hack // How to dye a faux fur rug from Ikea

Ikea Hack // How to dye a $13 faux fur rug from Ikea

How to Dye Almost Any Synthetic Material (Like a $13 Faux Sheepskin from Ikea)

Photography by Rachel Brewer and Amelia Tatnall
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Curious to know… Have you ever had a project that you put off starting for pretty much no reason at all? Really wondering if I’m a lone ranger on this one.

P.S. I just saw that Sweet Paul did an overdyed rug project with a regular rug, using a different method that looks pretty cool too, if you want to give that one a try.

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Hi Rachel- I need your help! I own these boots in the same black color, but my fur is black- a product they no longer sell (trust me I have even requested a special order!). This may seem extra, but I want to try to dye the faux fur on the inside of these black- I don’t know how to do this without submerging the boot- which will damage the leather. I’m thinking about using cotton ball application- but please help! You are the expert and this is a project I am scared to attempt but really want to have the black fur!


I’m currently dying a cream colored faux fur jacket *hopefully* mustard yellow! fingers crossed it turns out as lovely as this!


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This looks like a cool way of doing it. I’m going to have to try it! When I wash and dry my faux fur, I machine wash in cold and put the item in a pillowcase and dry on low in the dryer. It will keep the end of the fur from melting and changing the texture. Now…what color am I going to try? Lol


Hi Alexander.cI think bleach would be your only option there. But sometimes bleach doesn’t work either, depending on the coating on the fur.


What would you suggest if I want to take a pale pink fur to white? Any ideas?


Hi Evenlyn. I don’t have any experience with doing this with a darker faux fur. BUT if the fur is dark to begin with, you will probably have a harder time with the dye. My guess would be that it would probably add a sheen of color over the dark, but it’s possible that it wouldn’t be very noticeable. You could try bleaching the darker material first before dyeing with a color to see if that helps?


I was wondering if I can dye dark color fur as well with any shade of synthetic dye. If any of you know please let me know thank you.


Hi Theresa. Each material will dye differently and dye times can be important too. For example, if you bought a fuchsia dye but it came out light pink, that would would mean that you either needed to leave the material in the dye much longer before rinsing OR the material that you are dyeing is not accepting the dye very well (it could have a coating on it that keeps it from dyeing effectively, etc).


I read how u dyed ur faux rug, my faux material is for a piñata I’m making for my niece, and I’m running out of time. I used a whole box of rit dye fushia bit it came out light pink & I really need it to be dk pink so it looks like the little girl poppy from the troll movie, any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


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Hi Lindsey. You need to be able to wash the dye out of the material and then heat set it, as outlined in the tutorial. So if it’s a slipcover, that can be removed, washed, and dried – great. If not, I wouldn’t feel as comfortable recommending the dying. Hope that helps. Wishing you the best with your project.


Does the fabric dye transfer to other materials? I want to dye a synthetic chair and I don’t want it to get on my clothes.


Hi Vicky. If there is not a sealant on the fabric that stops it from absorbing dye, it should work. Hope that helps.


Hi Pam. Yes, the end will result with typically wash and dry lighter than what you see while still in the dyeing process. As for microfiber being dyed – I’m not 100% sure since I’ve not dyed microfiber before, but my guess would be using the dye specifically for synthetic fabric will work, just like it did for me.


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Hi Rose. I did rinse the rug, to make sure all of the dye that had not fully adhered was completely gone. You can submerge it in a bucket of clean water or rinse underneath the sink. And then I put it in the dryer to heat set it, once it was all ringed out. But I didn’t wash it in the washing machine. Hope that helps.


You didn’t rinse the rug when removed from the dye?? Only squeezed excess water and dried it? Just want to make sure I don’t make a mistake!!

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This looks great! Do you think it would work dying a faux fur coat from grey to black? Thanks!

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