Tie dying your clothes at home has become quite a trend during the COVID19 lock-down. Give yourself something to do for the day and add a pop of colour to your basics. Here’s how to do it:
Here’s some tie dye kits that you can use:
If you are not using a pre-packaged kit, you may need the following:
Procion dye, rubber bands, rubber gloves, squeeze bottles for the dye, urea and soda ash, large zip-lock bags and a tub for soaking the shirts. A funnel and a measuring curt are also useful for mixing the dye. It may also be helpful have paper towels and paper plates to hold your shirt while it’s being dyed, and old rags to mop up the spills.
The Fabrics that work best for tie dying are 100% cotton, but you can also use 50% cotton/50% polyester.
First, wet the shirt with warm water and lay it flat. With your fingers, scrunch and wrinkle the fabric, gathering it into a tight disk. Wrap several rubber bands around the disk. The tighter you bind it, the more white there will be in the final shirt.
This design looks like flowers. Start by laying a T-shirt flat. Pinch a 2-inch section through both layers and rubber-band it. Push your finger down through the rubber band to make a donut shape, and repeat as many times as you want.
Choose a spot in the center of the shirt, between the armpits; with your thumb and forefinger, press down and twist the fabric clockwise. Try to keep the resulting folds at approximately the same height, creating a shape like a flat cinnamon roll. Wrap the shape tightly with rubber bands, as shown. The tighter you bind the shirt, the more white there will be in the design.
Here are some helpful videos:
If you can’t be bothered to tie dye but still want to wear the trend, here’s some tie dye fashion that you can just purchase instead. No judgement here.