Ever put a load of washing on and pulled it out to find that a red sock has been smuggled in there turning all your washing a hideous colour? It’s definitely happened to me. I have a solution that might fix this if it happens and will make your clothing wearable again – tie-dye! That’s right, it’s no longer that weird hippy craze and it’s easy and cheap! I’m telling you that this trend is making a come-back. So start being the trend-setter you want to be and get your DIY gear ready. My personal favourite tie-dye wardrobe would consist of a tie-dye maxi dress, tie-die T-Shirt (teamed with jeans and plain coloured vest with boho-chic jewellery), tie-dye scarf (can also be worn as a headband) and leggings – obviously not worn together all at once!
What you need:
– clean piece of clothing you want to tie-dye.
– rubber gloves
– rubber bands or string
– tap water
– Fabric dye (try spotlight or lincraft).
What to do:
– Saturate your fabric with water and wring out any excess water. This will allow the dye to distribute evenly.
– Start by wrapping rubber bands or tying string around your fabric according to the design you wish to achieve. Remember that the tighter you tie the string or rubber bands, the less dye will be able to reach the fabric. The fabric will not dye wherever the rubber bands or string are.
– Prepare your dye according to package directions. Make sure you wear your rubber gloves to protect your hands.
– Once your piece of clothing is ready, place the fabric into a dye bath as per the instructions of your dye. The longer the fabric remains in the dye, the darker and deeper the color will become.
– Remove the fabric from the dye and rinse in cold running water until the water runs clear.
– Carefully remove rubber bands to reveal your very own one-of-a-kind tie-dye design!
– Hot water will shrink cotton, so I would recommend you choose a cold dye.
– Dye won’t take well to polyester, so cotton is your best option. –
– Read the instructions on the die packet.
– Practice on a piece of scrap fabric first. You don’t want to ruin anything special.
Designs to try:
– Stripes: Gather fabric into a tube-like shape. You can twist it for lots of white wrinkles, or leave it as is. Or you can fold into a fan or accordian style. Strap rubber bands all the way down the tube or fan. The more rubber bands you add, the more white stripes you will have when finished.
– Many Small Circles: For lots of small circles, pinch up fabric and tie it off with a thick rubber band or string.
– Spiral: For a spiral design, pinch up a section in the middle of your fabric and twist it. Continue twisting until you have a spiral. Lay the spiral down onto the fabric and curl the rest of the fabric around it like a tight nest. Take two large rubber bands and secure the nest so that it stays put.
Happy tie-dying dolls!
Love Kirst xx