How to Tie Dye tutorial

Posted by Renee O'Regan on

Tie Dye has made a resurgence in the last 12 months. Shops are filled with tie dye fashion, and what's not to love with its vibrant colour and unique finish.

There are many different techniques, please see below for instructions on just some ways you can tie dye:

Ice Dye:

The ice dye technique is popular because of the water colour style finish that can be achieved. To ice dye, you will need your fabric (pre washed), ice powdered dye, rack, container and gloves.

Crumble your wet fabric into a ball and place it on a rack that will allow the water to drip through. Place the rack over the container to catch the dye that melts through. Place ice onto the top of the fabric, sprinkle the powdered dye over the ice a little at a time. As the ice melts the dye will drip into the fabric.

One you are happy with the results, place wet fabric into a microwave safe zip lock bag, ensuring there is nothing metal on your fabric. Then place the bag into the microwave for around 2 minutes. The bag will puff up and this will create a heat chamber that will allow the dye to bond with the fabric. If you do not have a microwave, then follow the same steps, but leave the bag out in the sun for an hour or two.

Make sure to rinse out your fabric until the water runs clear. Machine wash on cold and then allow to dry.

Marble Dye:

Marble dye is a fun but slightly messy technique. You will need shaving foam, powered dye, drop cloth, plastic cups, spoons, gloves and your pre washed fabric.

Place powered dye into the cups and half fill the cup with water, then stir. Place a drop cloth down, and then spread a layer of shaving cream over the drop cloth. Sprinkle dye over the shaving cream and swirl it through, creating a marble look. Then place your garment on top of the shaving cream, smooth it applying just a little pressure, leave for 2 minutes. Carefully lift it back up and the swirls should have transferred onto the fabric. Remove the excess foam and lay fabric out in the sun to allow heat to bond the dye to the fabric - leave in sun for an hour or two.

Rinse well, then cold machine wash. 

For more traditional tie dye techniques, please watch our video:

 

 

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