Ice Dyed T-Shirt

May 16 2018

The perfect festival (or summer) #OOTD. With our ice dyeing technique, you can create beautiful watercolor effects that you won’t find on any store-bought garment. All you need is powder dye, ice and an item to dye. Learn how to achieve this look below!

  • T-Shirt
  • Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye (We used Golden Yellow and Tangerine)
  • Ice (Enough to completely cover your fabric)
  • Cooling Rack
  • Storage Bin or Pan to Catch Dye
  • Spoon
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative (Recommended)
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. Prewash t-shirt, rinse and leave wet.
  3. Lay out damp t-shirt flat on your work surface and completely crumple into a small, flat ball. Twisting material produces a nice watercolor type pattern. Place crumpled fabric on top of drying rack, over the plastic tub (to catch dripping dye).
  4. Cover fabric completely with ice. Different ice sizes will yield different patterns.
  5. Open dye packages. Use spoon to sprinkle dye on the ice. Sprinkle dye on as you might sprinkle salt on food. Use very little dye. You will probably think you aren’t using enough, but you are!
  6. Let the ice melt completely through the fabric.
  7. Recommended: Use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following instructions on bottle. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into the white areas.
  8. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

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