How to Dye Sheepskin

By Melanie Fleury ; Updated April 12, 2017
Sheep skin is often used to make shoes and jackets.

Sheepskin is the skin of a sheep with the fleece left on, and is used most often in clothing. Jackets and shoes are among some of the clothing items that sheepskin can be used to make. When buying sheepskin, it can come in a variety of colors, however, it is also possible to dye sheepskin later if you so desire. Dye that will work on wool and leather will work on sheepskin.

Pour hot water into a bucket up to about 4 inches from the top of the bucket.

Mix 2 cups of hot water and a packet of powder dye into a bowl. Mix carefully with a spoon. Once all of the powder is dissolved, pour contents of bowl into the bucket.

Soak your sheepskin in water. Use running water as it will also help to pull off any debris that is on your item.

Put your sheep skin item into the bucket. Stir your item constantly and smoothly so dye evenly distributes on sheepskin. Keep the item in the dye for approximately 30 minutes to ensure that the sheepskin is saturated.

Rinse the item off with warm water. Water will start to run clear. Once it runs clear, run cold water onto it for two to three minutes. Put the sheepskin in a well-ventilated area to dry.

Things Needed

  • Bucket
  • Powder dye
  • Bowl
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • Spoon

Warning

If you do not clean the bucket immediately with water and bleach, it will remain stained by the dye.

About the Author

Melanie Fleury has been writing professionally since 1995. She has written for various educational websites such as Edhelper.com and is the educational consultant at the Knowledge Tree Center for Education. She enjoys creating curriculum for children with various learning styles. Fleury holds a master's degree in education specializing in early childhood from Ashwood University.