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Fun with Tye Dye

Tips and Methods

Note to Parents:

When you plan to tie dye keep the following in mind:

  • Protect the work area with plastic, newspapers or towels.
  • Have children wear old clothes.
  • Adults should always mix the dye. Some dyes are harmful if swallowed.
  • Wear rubber gloves and make sure children wear rubber gloves.
  • Have all materials ready before beginning to tie dye.

    There are several fabric dyes available. Both powdered and liquid dyes can usually be found in department or craft stores. Professional dyes can usually be found at craft or art supply stores. Some dyes need salt or soda ash added. Read instructions before purchasing to see if these are needed.

    Rubber bands (elastics) are the most common tie used. You can also try tieing knots in fabric or wrapping cording or string around different areas. Whatever you use the key is to do it tightly so dye will not seep under the tie.

    The easiest way to dye something is by dipping in a bucket of dye. Be sure the item dipped can be removed easily. Stirring often will insure the whole object is dyed. You may also use a squeeze bottle or paint brush to apply dye to specific areas.


    • Always prewash garment before dyeing.
    • Do not use softeners or fabric sheets when pre washing.
    • When mixing dye use hot water.
    • Rinse project after dyeing with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse.
    • Always follow manufacturers instructions on garment.
    • Length of time in dye determines depth of color.
    • 100% cotton fabrics or other all natural fibres work best.
    • Rinse project before untieing to keep color off tied area.
    • Let the garment dry flat.
    • No two projects come out the same.
    • If the weather is good - tie dyeing outside is recommended.

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