How to tie-dye your clothes perfectly. What has this lock-down taught you? How to adapt to boredom or learn a new skill?
Well, I learnt a new skill and think you learn too. A number of us took some lessons in tie-dying our clothes during the almost 60 days of staying at home. Many are of the opinion that tie and dye is a business for old folks but I think differently.
Tie-dye is forever going to be around and there is no age limit for joining the value chain. So, with that in mind, here’s how you can change up your clothes perfectly using some rubber bands and dye.
Gather Your Materials
You can buy kits online that contain everything you need to dye clothes. However, chances are you already own most of them.
- Rubber gloves
- Rubber bands or hair ties
- Plastic spray bottle or squeeze bottle
- Clothes dye or bleach
- The clothes you want to dye
Prepare Your Space
You cannot dye your clothes without the proper materials. So, grab an old towel, the clothes you want to dye and a plastic bin or bath tub.
Choose Your Design
This is where you let your creative juices flow. Use the rubber bands to tie and knot your clothes in different directions. Just remember that how you tie your material will result in the pattern of the dye.
You can make as many or as few sections as your want. Just do what makes you feel good.
For a classic spiral design:
- First, pull the shirt from the centre area or wherever you want the spiral to start.
- Next, twist in one direction so the entire shirt is knotted tightly in a circle.
- Then, use rubber bands to secure the shape. If you want to do a rainbow, use more bands to create six sections – like pie pieces – for each colour.
- Finally, dye sections with different colours.
Soak or spray each section with different colours or the same shade – just go with what you feel. A little tip? If you want a monochrome look, dilute some of your dye with water before applying to your clothes.
Let your clothes soak in the dye for at least an hour – for an overall lighter look – or 24 hours for a more saturated finish. To prevent leaks, wrap your item in a plastic bag. Just try and make sure that the colour do not touch each other.
Less Than 12 Hours: If pastel shades are your thing, the shorter time the dye rest, the lighter it will be.
12 To 24 Hours: The more time you leave your clothes to sit in the dye, the more the dye bonds to the fabric. This results in an intense, saturated colour.
Rinse & Dry
Now it’s time to undo the rubber bands and unveil your t-shirt. But first. You have to rinse your clothes in cold water until it runs clear. Then, throw them in the washing machine and leave them to dry. To speed up time, you can chuck them in the dryer.
Applicable to larger fabrics
The same steps are applicable to larger fabrics, you only need to scale up your volume. Give it a shot and send us a feedback via facebook.com.