Tie-dying is a fun and simple way to revive your old or plain fabric items, from towels to t-shirts, yielding a surprising result each time. You can experiment with all the different techniques to create a variety of styles and items, ensuring that you’ll always have a selection the public will love.
- Venus fabric dye
- Item to be dyed (i.e. shirt, scarf, towel), at least 80 percent cotton or another natural fabric that can be dyed
- Table salt
- Rubber bands
- Large pot or container (not galvanized and enough to hold all the items to be dyed without crowding)
- Long-handled utensil (i.e. old spoon, BBQ tongs)
- Rubber gloves
- Large towel
- Cleaning items (i.e. cleaner, dish cloth, paper towels)
- Old newspaper
Step 1. First, wash the t-shirt in order to remove any possible dirt and prepare it for dye absorption. Tiedying is best done on damp fabric.
Step 2. Cover your work area with newspaper to protect it from any spills, and assemble all your tools.
Step 3. Wear rubber gloves to prepare the dye. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided on the package. Our particular fabric dye, Venus, for example, calls for the powder to be dissolved in boiling water to get the best, fastest results possible. So fill the large container with lukewarm water, bring to a boil, and pour in the dye, starting with the lightest color if you are using more than one color.
Step 4. While the water is coming to a boil, lay the t-shirt flat on your work area. Grab the center of the t-shirt with your thumb and index finger, and lift it up. Run your other hand down the cloth, twisting the fabric as you gather it together tightly.