Basic Supplies Needed:
Rubber bands, string, or 2-inch wide strips of cloth
Plastic to cover your work surface (you can split open a large heavy trash bag to do this)
A 3-gallon bucket or tub for each color
Rit or other Dyes
Long-handle stainless steel spoon
Masking Tape and Permanent Marker
First you will want to pick the pattern or design you want for your tie dye. Here are some quick examples:
|Image found on Flickr via weavingmajor|
|We used two packets of dry Rit Dye per tub. 8 Colors in all to chose from.|
*I think you should be able to use as many colors as you want to, just keep in mind you have a possibility to make brown if you mix too many together.
When using more than one color, it's usually best to start with the lightest color. When tie-dyeing with two or more colors, plan to put adjacent primary or secondary colors next to each other. In the areas where they run together, they will create a third, great-looking color. For instance, red and yellow will produce orange; blue and green will make cyan; fuchsia and blue will create purple.
|I thought the curbs would be helpful for the kids to be able to step up and tie dye w/ help.|
|Here I am giving a quick dye lesson on choosing colors.|
|So many color options|
|Annette @TasteePastree shown dyeing a tote pictured below|
After the item has set for a full 24 hours it can be washed. Read the instructions paired to the type of dye you use to make sure of the best washing instructions for the colorfastness of the dye - however, I like to suggest that you rinse with warm water first until it runs clear then shifting to the same with cold water before adding any additional soap and cleansers. Do keep in mind that the item has been dyed when laundering it after the initial cleaning. Treat the items like all other laundered items that may bleed by washing separately OR with like colors.
Here is some totes we dyed at the Etsy Craft Night at CRAFTED:
|Great way to freshen up all those tote bags!|