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Tie-Dye For You To Try

Updated on January 30, 2013

This craft is soooooo 70's baby! Tie- dye represents everything colourful and free spirited about the 70's era. Hippies, flowers, peace and love. Tie-dye is synonymous with this decade. You can pretty much tie-dye loads of different materials from t-shirts, ties, blue jeans, pillowcases, blankets. Tie-dyed items make great personal creative gifts for friends and family. Or why not treat yourself by making your own summery, colourful tie-dye t-shirt. Tie- dye is totally unique and your t-shirt will be a one off because the way in which you tie the fabic and place the dye makes it virtually impossible to duplicate. So you will have your very own original T-shirt.

The materials you will need are:

* Bucket for dye bath

* Cotton thread for sewing resist patterns into fabric

* Cotton twine or rubber bands to bind fabric

* Disposable gloves

* Fabric (white works best)

* Fabric dye suitable for fabric chosen, 3 different colours

* Plastic bottles for applying dye to limited parts of fabric

* Plastic sheeting to cover work surfaces

* Sink with running water

Instructions for T-shirt

1) Starting in center of shirt, approx 4 inch below neckline, pinch fabric and gather in a point.

2) Wrap twine tightly around neck of the gathered fabric, crossing the loose end to prevent slipping

3) Wrap twine around a few times, knot and cut ends of twine.

4) Repeat steps 1-3, leaving 1"-2" between ties, until you reach the bottom

5) Mix dye as directed.

6) Apply dye to T-shirt. Squirt first dye colour to top point of fabric. Add a bit of second dye colour to same point of fabric. Squeeze fabric to mix dyes together. At the next section of fabric, use only first dye colour. Dye the next few sections second dye colour, then a few sections with third dye colour. Now back to first dye colour for one section. Finish by alternating colours. Mix colours to create varying effects.

7) Wrap T-shirt in plastic wrap and allow to set for recommended time.

8) Rinse fabric. Continue rinsing as you carefully cut knots. Be careful to not cut fabric as you remove twine.

9) Finally, finish fabric as directed on dye package. Dry T-shirt


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    • Ninasvoice profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from England

      Thankyou kashmir56! Glad you enjoyed the read :-)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub and well explained information on how to tie dye within this well written hub.

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I love to tie-dye. My favorite part is not knowing what I really have until I untie and reveal.

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      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Sounds like a neat idea just alittle confused on the switching of dyes so i will print this and and try step by step. I remember a little of this from my younger years but its been so long ago a must try with the kids i bet they will have fun and ill pull all my hair out trying to keep the dye on the shirts and not on the walls lol. Voted up!!!

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      Rand Zacharias 

      6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Tie-dye is niece was going to Africa this summer and we tie-dyed a pillow case for her to use and give to one of the local children after her three weeks.

      I grabbed all my white shirts, from T- to dress to tommy hilfiger...and now have a new super cool, super in wardrobe to wear without having to buy a single shirt.

      Love the's baaaaaccckkkk! Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • Ninasvoice profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from England

      Haha, tie dye makes you feel all bright and summery doesn't it! Thankyou for the tip about rinsing in salt water, i didn't know that. I know i feel the same, i want to grab a bucket and tie dye everything, it's addictive. Might do pillow cases next lol :-)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Oh Wow! this makes me want to go out and get the bucket, dye and just get all my plain T shirts and start doing it again! I used to do this when I was a kid, brilliant! lol!

      Forgot to say, don't forget to rinse in salt water, it sets the dye! see I am an expert! lol! or maybe just old....! haha!


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