Dye Stardew Valley Clothes: Your Complete Guide to Colorful Customization

Stardew Valley is a game that invites creativity and personalization, and what better way to express yourself than customizing your own clothes? From achieving the blackest of blacks to the whitest of whites, and all the colors in between, this guide will walk you through the multifaceted world of dyeing in Stardew Valley.

Dyeing 101: Sewing Machine vs. Dye Pots

Before diving into the colors, let’s clarify the two main tools you’ll be using: the sewing machine and the dye pots. Both are located in Emily’s house, and each has its own unique mechanics.

  • The sewing machine combines the current color of your clothing with the color of the item you use.
  • Dye pots offer you digital sliders to adjust the color after you place an item of each color in them (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple).
the sewing machine and dye pots
the sewing machine and dye pots

Dyeing Clothes Black

If you’re going for a gothic or just classic black, you have several options:

  • Squid Ink Method: Place the clothes and squid ink in the sewing machine. You might have to repeat the process depending on the original color.
  • Mineral Method: Use black minerals like Neptunite, Bixite, or Basalt.
  • Bat Wings: Surprisingly, bat wings can also be used to dye clothes black.
  • Prismatic Shard: This item unlocks custom color options, including black(After Click Power Button).

examples of black clothes dyed using different methods

Dyeing Clothes White

White can be trickier to achieve but not impossible:

  • Hue/Saturation Sliders: Collect one item of each color and use the sliders. Set saturation to 0 and brightness to 100.
  • Dye Pots: Place items for each color in the dye pots at Emily’s and adjust the settings.
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white clothes dyed using different methods

Color Saturation and Strength

Whether you’re using the sewing machine or dye pots, keep these points in mind:

  • Dye Strengths: Base (25%), Medium (50%), Strong (100%).
  • Multiple Dyeing: For full saturation, you may need to dye the item up to four times.
  • Quality Doesn’t Matter: The star quality of the item used for dyeing has no effect on the final outcome.

Using Special Items: Prismatic Shard and Rainbow Shell

Both of these special items unlock a wide spectrum of colors:

  • Prismatic Shard: Offers color sliders similar to those in character creation.
  • Rainbow Shell: This can be used in the dye pots and opens up a diverse palette of colors.

Final Tips

  • Preview: The sewing machine menu gives you a preview of how the dyed item will look.
  • Consumption: The item on the spool at the upper right of the sewing machine will be consumed in the process.
  • Stardew Valley Wiki: For a comprehensive list of items that can be used for dyeing, refer to the Stardew Valley Wiki.


Dyeing your clothes in Stardew Valley is a fulfilling process that allows you to express your style in the game. With a multitude of methods and items to use, the sky—or rather the color spectrum—is the limit. So get those dye pots and sewing machines ready, and start adding color to your Stardew Valley life!

With this guide in hand, you’re now fully equipped to make your Stardew Valley experience as colorful as you like!

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