Tie dye is now an essential is ones home wardrobe and it's so easy to do yourself! All you need is a premade garment (like this hoodie) or some fabric yardage, a large bowl, textile dye, and elastic bands and you can recreate this look for less! Read on to see how... now just to sew up and tie dye a matching pair of sweatpants to complete the look.
- Simplicol expert Textilfarbe (textile dye)
- Fabric / garment
- Large bowl
- Plastic gloves
- Working clothes
- Protection for the floor
- Elastic/ties/zip ties
- For large amounts of fabric a wash stand or clothing stand is helpful
Tie fabric in regular intervals (with ties, elastic or zip ties). The bound places will not take on the colour or very little colour. This is how the light print is created on the darker dyed fabric. The better the equal placement of the strips, the better the final consistency.
Prepare color bath (or multiple colour baths with the different colours): The colour dyes at 60C/140F degrees. Add 4 Liters/1 gallon boiling water and 2 Liters/ 1/2 gallon cold water in a large bowl and add the textile dye to your color shade preference.
Lay the bound textile piece in the colour bath or immerse it and stir it regularly for 45 to 60 minutes for the dye to take hold.
We recommend large textiles to be dyed in a wash basin: You can use a wash stand or a pole between two chairs to hang it.
After the dye bath is complete, rinse the bound fabric under flowing water and rinse it very well until the water runs clear.
To keep the dyed fabric from fading with later washing, you will need to fix the colour. Pour 1 pack Fixative into 8–10 Liters/2-2.5 gallons cold water and lay the bound fabric in the mixture for apx. 15 minutes in the fixative bath.
Now you are ready to take off the bindings and rinse again (the bound sections will be light compared to your newly dyed fabric).