Dyeing a backpack: is that even possible?

Dyeing a backpack

Don’t like the color of your backpack anymore? Or has the color faded more and more over the years and you want to freshen it up again?

Then you might be wondering if you can dye a backpack.

It depends on the material

Whether and how you can color your backpack depends on its material. Let’s look at the three common materials.

Dye backpack made of cotton and linen

If your backpack is made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen and is not coated, you can simply dye it with fabric dye such as Simplicol. 

Textile paint has the advantage that it is easy to work with and is available in many different colors.

Dye leather backpack

If you want to dye a leather backpack, things get a little more difficult.

In principle, it is possible to dye leather with leather dye, but the color should not deviate greatly from the basic color. Also, the leather color should not be lighter than the actual leather.

With regard to the possible colors, one is relatively severely limited in this respect. 

Dye backpack made of polyamide and polyester

Most backpacks are made of synthetic fibers such as polyamide (nylon) or polyester. 

These synthetic fibers cannot be dyed with conventional textile dye.

Meanwhile, iDye Poly ( available here from Amazon* ) is a textile dye for synthetic fabrics made of polyester and nylon that solves exactly this problem.

However, there is also a limitation. Because some polyester fibers have a coating made of special impregnations or light protection materials that cannot be dyed. Backpacks in particular could be affected as they are exposed to sun and rain.

You will only find out if this is the case with your backpack after you have dyed it. Namely when the dyeing didn’t work out or the dyeing was only very weak.


Whether you can dye your backpack largely depends on the material. You can dye natural fibers such as cotton and linen without any problems if they are not coated. 

With leather and synthetic fibers, however, this task becomes rather difficult and the probability that the dyeing does not lead to the desired result is quite high.

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