Nike By You: Ice Dye

November 22 2022

Arguably the coolest…and easiest technique. Grab the Nike by You Tie Dye Kit this winter, shovel up some snow (or ice) and watch the (colorful) magic happen.

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Supplies
  • Nike By You Tie-Dye Kit
  • Cotton Garment (Must contain no less than 60% cotton)
  • Plastic Container
  • Wire Rack
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Blow Dryer
  • Iron
Instructions
  1. Prewash fabric in warm, soapy water without any fabric softener. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Wring out excess water and leave fabric damp.
  3. Lay fabric on a flat, clean surface and scrunch randomly.
  4. Place scrunched fabric on a wire rack over a container to prevent dye from puddling underneath.
  5. Cover scrunched fabric entire with ice.
  6. Sprinkle powder dye directly onto the ice, one colour at a time. More powder will yield darker results. For more white space, use very little dye.
  7. Allow ice to melt all the way through.
  8. Once ice has melted, allow fabric to sit and absorb the dye for 30 minutes.
  9. To help set the dye, wrap fabric with plastic wrap and apply heat with a blow dryer. 5 minutes per side. Alternatively, place the wrapped fabric in the sun for 3 hours. Heat opens up the fibers in the fabric to allow for maximum dye absorption
  10. Remove fabric from plastic wrap and rinse thoroughly in cool water until rinse water runs clear. This is a very important step to prevent bleeding.
  11. Carefully remove any rubber bands with scissors.
  12. Dye patches separately or secure onto fabric prior to dyeing.
    1. To properly secure patches, place patchers on fabric as desired and press for 15-30 seconds using a household iron. Do not move the iron around.
    2. For added security, use a needle and thread to sew patch onto fabric using the backstitch. For sewing machines, zigzag stitch works best. Wash in cold water with a mild detergent.

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