How to Tie Dye
Create a work of art that you can wear. Tie dye is an easy craft project, whether you use a tie dye kit or do it yourself. It can be done using a new shirt but it is a great way to recycle your old shirts too. Tie dye isn't just limited to shirts either. You can tie dye socks, shorts, towels, tote bags, pajamas and even your underwear. Tie dye is a simple process that involves tying parts of the fabric with rubber bands so that it won't dye and will give it a streaked or mottled look. It can be done using one color of dye or a multitude of colors.
There are several types of tie dye kits on the market. These kits include everything you need and make tie dye easy. If you chose to not use a kit and do it yourself instead, here are the items you will need.
- Garment - A white cotton shirt or any other cotton, wool or silk garment.
- Ties, rubber bands or string - You will use these to tie off parts of the garment.
- Soda ash (optional) - Pre-soak your garment in soda ash to make your colors brighter and last longer.
- Dye - Use fiber reactive dye, which can be found at a craft store.
- Rubber gloves - This will help to prevent the dye from staining your hands.
- Squirt bottle (if using more than one color of dye) - If using more than one color of dye, you will need a squirt bottle for each additional color.
- Plastic bag - You will place your garment in this for about 8 hours while the dye sets.
Tie Dye Instrcutions:
- Prepare your workspace. You may want to put down some newspapers or garbage bags. This will help with spills and make for easy clean-up.
- Tie off several areas of your garment with ties or rubber bands.
- Pre-soak your garment in soda ash for one hour then squeeze the garment to remove the excess water (use gloves when working with soda ash).
- Prepare the die according to the instructions on the package.
- Die your garment, paying extra attention to the tied areas.
- Wrap your garment in a plastic bag or in Saran Wrap and let it set for 8 hours.
- Rinse in cold water and then in hot water. Rinsing with water helps to dilute the excess dye so the colors won't run together.
- Remove the ties/rubber bands.
- Dry in the dryer on medium heat.
*Wash your garment alone for the first wash.
Photo:Tie Dye Beach Towel
This tie dye kit includes everything you need to create a groovy tote. It includes instructions, tote, 3 dye colors (just add water), plastic gloves, bands, and fabric stickers for decorating your finished project.
Tie dye is not limited to shirts. Here are a few other things that you can tie dye.
- Tote Bags
- Men's ties
- Infant onsies
- White canvas sneakers
- Towels/beach towels
- Tissue paper
- Hair ties
Soda Ash is optional when you tie dye. However, it does help to set the colors so they don't fade faster. To use, tie your garment with ties and then pre-soak it in the Soda Ash for about an hour. Squeeze out the excess water before dying your garment.
2 Scarves Included!
Everything you need for this tie dye project is right in the box, including 2 cotton scarves, 3 bottles of dye, 13 tie dye tools, 40 decorative beads, rubber gloves and more!
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