Tie-Dye

Take on one of the summers’ biggest trends and try some tie-dye! Tie-dye is a fun and easy project that anyone can do. It’s great to be creative with colors and different styles. Below is three styles of tie-dye; spiral, shibori, and ice-dye. All will give you a fabulous outcome!

Wondering what to do with your newly dyed fabric? Check out some of our free patterns that you can use your fabric to make.

Materials

  • Fabric
  • Assorted Colors of Dylon Dye
  • Bottles
  • Drying Rack
  • Plastic Bin
  • Rubber Bands
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Ice Cubes
  • Salt

Instructions

Making the Dye for Spiral and Shibori

To mix your dye follow the instructions on the packet. We mixed our dye with 250ml of water and 1 TBSP of salt. Shake your squeeze bottle to combine the mixture.

Spiral Tie-Dye

Ensure your fabric or garment is clean before dying. You will want it to be damp for the dying process. Lay it flat on a clean surface and pinch the middle of the fabric. Begin twisting the fabric. Continue twisting until you form a circle. Wrap three rubber bands around your circle to create size equal sections.

Place your cooling rack on top of the plastic bin. You will want to dye on a surface you don’t mind getting messy. Place your banded fabric on top of the cooling rack. Using your mixed dyes begin dying each section. You can use multiple colors or just stick to one. Once the top is covered with dye flip it over and dye the back of the fabric the same colors as the front. Leave to dry for 6+ hours. Remove the rubber bands and untangle the fabric. Wash with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Wash by itself to prevent any more dye bleed.

Shibori Tie-Dye

Ensure your fabric or garment is cleaning before dying. You will want it to be damp for the dying process. Lay it flat on a clean surface. Start twisting a corner and keep twisting to create a twisted rope. Turn your rope of fabric into a circle and secure with rubber bands.

Place your cooling rack on top of the plastic bin. You will want to dye on a surface you don’t mind getting messy. Place your banded fabric on top of the cooling rack. Using your mixed dyes begin dying each section. You can use multiple colors or just stick to one. Once the top is covered with dye flip it over and dye the back of the fabric the same colors as the front. Leave to dry for 6+ hours. Remove the rubber bands and untangle the fabric. Wash with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Wash by itself to prevent any more dye bleed.

Ice Tie-Dye

Ensure your fabric or garment is clean before dying. You will want it to be damp for the dying process. Lay it flat on a clean surface. Bunch your fabric together. You can secure with rubber bands but it is not essential for this type of dying. Place your bunched fabric on a cooling rack over the bucket. Place ice cubes on top of the fabric.

Take your unmixed dye packets and sprinkle the powder over the ice cubes. We used four different colors for this dye.

Leave the ice to melt and the colors to soak into the fabric. Leave to dry for 6+ hours. Wash with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Wash by itself to prevent any more dye bleed.

Video

https://youtu.be/OTnpYDTghRA

Free Patterns

Check out these free patterns that are perfect for your newly dyed fabric! Click the image to be redirected.

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