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Important Notes


  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the fabric. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Prewash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Lay fabric out on a flat surface.
  3. Traditional Tie Dye: Pinch, pleat or fold fabric to make a design. Wrap rubber bands tightly around fabric at various points. The rubber bands act as a resist and create white spaces. The more rubber bands you use and the tighter they are wrapped, the more white space there will be.
  4. Other Designs: 
    • Sunburst: Pinch a section of the fabric or where you want the center of the circle to be. Pull it up toward you to make a tee-pee shape. Then pull up more of the fabric for a larger circle. Close one hand around the point of the tee-pee and tie it off with a rubber band; then add rubber bands down the length of it.
    • Stripes: Fold shirt vertically or diagonally, like an accordion or fan, in 2” to 3” wide folds. Then wrap with rubber bands every 2” to 3” or as desired.
    • Checks: Accordion pleat fabric in 2” to 3” wide folds. To achieve a sharp line, press folds with an iron. Then accordion pleat strip into a square. Wrap a rubber band loosely around square fabric in both directions.
    • Spirals: Decide where to place the center of the spiral. Then position your fingers around the center point and slowly begin to twist fabric in a spiral direction. Loosely wrap rubber bands around fabric to hold spiral together.
  5. Dip fabric in water; squeeze out excess water. Set aside.
  6. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 2 tablespoons of well-shaken liquid dye or 1/2 teaspoon of powdered dye with two cups of hot tap water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dye bath.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  8. Pour into a squirt bottle. Shake well.
  9. Repeat for each color.
  10. Place fabric on baking rack with a tray under it. This keeps the dye from puddling under the fabric. Squirt each dye color on fabric as desired.
    • Tip: Plan to put adjacent primary colors (red, yellow, blue) or secondary colors (orange, green, purple) next to each other. In the areas where they run together, they will blend together and create a third color.
    • Keep paper towels handy to remove any dye that seeps into an area where you plan to place another color.
  11. To help set the dye:
    1. We recommend using your microwave. Wrap the dyed fabric in plastic wrap and seal the edges. Place the wrapped fabric on a paper towel in the microwave and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Plastic will puff up, creating a heat chamber that helps bond the dye with the fabric. Once the microwave is done, remove the shirt and open the plastic, letting it cool down.
    2. If a microwave is not available or feasible to use and it is a hot sunny day, lay the wrapped fabric out in the sun for an hour.
  12. We strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative while the fabric is still tied up and before washing. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these instructions.
  13. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  14. Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric.
  15. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

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