Did you know that the earliest tie dye fabric dates back to ancient China and Japan?
China and Japan started this craft with dyes from berries, leaves, and flowers. Recently, tie dye clothes became a massive trend in the fashion industry. Tie dyeing is a great way to upcycle your old shirts and pants into something new.
Want to start making your own tie dye clothing? Keep reading to learn how to tie dye fabric.
1. Prepare Your Materials
The first thing you need to tie dye fabric is to prepare the space you will occupy and all the materials you need.
You will need a spacious place to work on your tie dye. Remember that you’re going to use colorants, and they may scatter and stain the floor. You can cover the surface using old newspapers or clothes that you don’t need anymore.
You’ll need dye, fabric, rubber bands, and gloves. You also need stirrers, a bucket or container, water, tongs, and a ziplock bag.
The best fabric for tie-dye is 100% natural or synthetic materials such as cotton, silk, rayon, and nylon. These types of fabrics can hold dye best after several washes.
2. Create a Pattern
Decide on the pattern you want on your fabric. There are several patterns that you could choose from, such as spiral and a scrunch design. A fan and mirror effect is possible, too.
Wash or wet the fabric you’re going to use before proceeding to dye.
To do the spiral design, you need to lay your shirt flat on a surface. Then, pinch the middle part and start twisting until it looks like a disk. Using the rubber band, tie it in a way the bands will intersect.
If you’re a beginner, start with the scrunch design. Scrunch the fabric into a ball, then cover it randomly with the rubber bands.
3. Start Dyeing
In a bucket of half-full water, pour the powder dye and mix it. Use a tong to dip the fabric into the bucket.
You can put the whole thing in if you’re using a single color. Pour the dye straight on the fabric if you have a ready-made dye or liquid dye.
4. Setting the Dye
When you’re done tie dyeing, put the fabric in a ziplock bag and seal it. You can use a plastic bag if there’s no zip lock available.
Leave the fabric inside the zip lock overnight or for 24 hours to ensure that the dye sets in the fabric.
5. Rinse Then Untie
After setting the dye in, you can now rinse the fabric.
Use a bucket of warm water mixed with a half bottle of vinegar to rinse the cloth. This will prevent the dye from bleeding.
6. Wash and Dry
Remove the rubber bands and throw the fabric into the washer. Don’t mix the new tie-dye fabric with other clothes because it can stain them.
You can upcycle some of your clothes by tie-dyeing them with different patterns. You can check out this tie dye fabric wholesale for more ideas.
How to Make Tie Dye Fabric
You now have your first tie dye fabric. Tie dyeing fabric is a great way to upcycle your old clothes. If you have kids, you can make this an arts and crafts project to do at home.
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