It seems to me that the tie and dye trend is becoming something very popular this summer, even celebrities are wearing a Tee or dress that seems self made. If you have a little of free time and th courage to work with colours, well you can start right now. I guess you have already at home all the materials you need:
- Rubber gloves
- Rubber bands or hair ties
- Plastic spray bottles or squeeze bottles
- Dye or bleach
- The item(s) you want to tie-dye
Grab an old sheet or towel, the clothing or fabric you want to dye, and take all of your supplies outside or to the garage. If you’re doing this inside your home, you can use a plastic bin, your tub, or shower or lay down a garbage bag to protect whatever surface you plan to use as your work area.
Here’s how to do it
- Pull the shirt from the center area (or wherever you want the spiral to be).
- Twist in one direction so the entire material is knotted tightly in a circular form.
- Use rubber bands to secure the shape. If you want to do a rainbow, you can use more rubber bands to create six sections (like pie pieces) for each different color.
- Dye sections with your chosen colors.
Get creative and use the rubber bands to tie and knot in various directions. This is arguably the most crucial step, as how you tie your material will result in the pattern of the dye. If you want a more monochrome look, you can dilute some of your dye with water before you apply to your clothing.
Let your material absorb for at least 1 hour (for an overall lighter dye job) and up to 24 hours (for a more saturated one). Less than 12 hours: The shorter time it rests, the lighter the dye will turn out. About 2 hours is ideal if you’re going for pastel shades. Undo your rubber bands and rinse your items out under cold water until the runoff is clear. Then throw them in the washer, followed by the dryer, for a regular cycle time. Yes, use detergent!
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