Tie-Dye With Rit

What made Rit so popular in the 60’s is a trend again today. Here is everything you need to know to embark on your tie-dyeing adventures. Add multiple colors or stick to just one. With hundreds of color options, you can’t go wrong.

Our Everything-You-Need-To-Know Video

We’ve put together this short tutorial that you should watch.

Supplies Needed

You don’t need much! You’ll want to use squeeze bottles (more on this below). If you don’t have any, you could purchase them from us here. There probably also is something in your house you could use like an empty dish soap or hot sauce bottle. You could even use an empty bottle of water and poke a hole in the cap. You’ll also need a baking rack so that the dye doesn’t puddle under the fabric when you apply it. And of course you’ll need dye and rubber bands! For a complete list of supplies, check out our full tie-dye tutorial here.

Tie Your Fabric

After pre-washing the fabric (to remove any finishes), it’s time to tie the fabric. You can’t really go wrong here. We’re really into the scrunch method right now, where you scrunch random sections of the fabric and hold them together with rubber bands. You could also go old school with the swirl by pinching the center of the fabric and twisting in a spiral direction until you can’t anymore. For more on folding techniques, check out our more in depth tie-dye tutorial here.

Techniques Demoed In Video

Scrunch
Scrunch
Swirl
Swirl

Which Dye Should I Use?

As long as the item you are dyeing contains less than 40% polyester, you can use our All-Purpose Dye. If the item has more than 40% polyester, then use our dye for synthetics, Rit DyeMore. However, the process is different as you won’t be able to use squeeze bottles. You can find more on how to dye synthetics here.

Dyeing Synthetics?

Don’t worry — you can use our dye for synthetics, Rit DyeMore, to dye fabrics with more than 40% polyester. Check out our tutorial to learn how to tie-dye synthetics. 

Pick a Color

We have many many colors to choose from. You can also use one of our thousand color formulas. If using our formulas, after you pick a color, select any item in the small category and cut the recipe in half.

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How Should I Apply the Dye?

After you tie up your fabric, apply the dye either with a squeeze bottle or by putting it in a dye bath. We are going to focus on the squeeze bottle method here because it gives you the most control when applying the dye and is needed when dyeing with multiple colors. If you are looking for directions on using a dye bath, you can find them here.

Prepare Your Squeeze Bottle(s)

Mix two cups of water with two tablespoons of dye and pour into a squeeze bottle. If you are using one of our thousand color formulas, after you pick a color, select any item in the small category and cut the recipe in half.

It's Dye Time

You can apply multiple colors or stick to just one. There is no right or wrong here! Make sure to dye both sides. If you are trying to achieve a lot of white space, leave some sections undyed.

Reduce Bleeding and Fading with ColorStay Dye Fixative

Use ColorStay Dye Fixative after dyeing to reduce bleeding and fading so you can enjoy your newly tie-dyed item for the long run! Apply it 30 minutes after you’ve dyed with a squeeze bottle.

Set the Dye with Your Microwave

No need to wait 24 hours for the reveal anymore. By microwaving your item for two minutes, you can set the dye so that it can be revealed in a matter of minutes. The heat from the microwave opens up the fibers in the fabric to absorb the dye, ensuring that you get long lasting and vibrant color. If the item has any metal parts on it, then this cannot be done. Instead, leave the fabric out in the sun for a couple of hours.

Rinse and Reveal!

After the item has cooled down, rinse it for a good amount of time to get rid of any unabsorbed dye. This might be the most important step as it removes any unabsorbed dye that might come off in the wash. If you are trying to keep some part of the fabric undyed, rinse it flat so that the unabsorbed dye doesn’t bleed into the white areas. Once rinsed, undo the rubber bands and reveal your tie-dyed creation!

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