Tyin' & Dyin'.

May 22, 2020

Oh how I love me some tye dye. I love the look of it, I love the fun of it and I love that you don't know what it's gonna turn out like till you unravel it. What I didn't expect was the mine field of contradicting information on google and youtube about it, literally watching 100s of tutorials at 2 am. At some point you just have to say fuck it and do it. 

I bought a pack of 5 fruit of the loom t shirts on amazon for under £15, I already had the sachets of dye from Dylon (planned to do this last summer and never got round to it). The game changer though, I got a pack of 8 squeezey bottles off amazon (thank god for amazon) for about £15 too. They made life so much easier. Especially as I wanted different colours on all the designs. I ended up buying 2 sweaters and a hoody, fruit of them loom too because I can't do things in halves. All or nothing. I'm gonna do a little step by step of what I did, mainly so I know for next time and don't have to trawl all the info again.

  1. Wet the fabric your dying in the sink. Ring it out so it isn't soaking.
  2. Tie it up with elastic bands in different designs. I did 2 swirl t shirts and a jumper. 2 crumpled t shirts, 1 jumper and 1 hoody and a sun burst t shirt. I wanted some white to show through so I tied some of them quite tight. Put them to one side.
  3. Mix the dye (wear gloves!) Put approx half the sachet of dye into squeeze bottle. Add 1 tbsp of salt and fill the bottles to the top with hot water out the tap.
  4. Dye your fabric! Think about where you want colours or just chuck it on. Once dyed, wrap in cling film and put in carrier bag. Leave for 24 hrs.
  5. After 24 hrs, take them out the bags and rinse in cold running water until all the excess dye comes out and water runs clear. I had this take 2 mins - 30 mins. I guess some colours just hold more and take more rinsing. 
  6. Put in washing machine on cold, quick wash with small amount of detergent. I grouped them together in colours so I wasn't just washing 1 item at a time.
  7. Let them air dry.

Just for reference I used passion pink, peony pink, goldfish orange, sunflower yellow, tropical green, paradise blue, china blue, navy and deep violet. In my defence, they were only £2.99 a sachet and I didn't buy them all at once. 

I think they turned out pretty good and look how cheerful they are. Summer wrote all over them!

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