Tie dying is named for the practice of tying knots in fabric to prevent the dye from reaching certain areas of the material in order to create unique and often intricate dye patterns. Tie dying your own sheets can be a great craft project to create custom bedding to match any room. Tie dyed sheets can also be cut down and used to make other projects including pillows, curtains, a bed skirt and more.
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Things you need
- Pans or squirt bottles
- Plastic sheet
- Plastic gloves
- Rubber bands
You will need to buy clothing dye in the colours that you want to use for the project. It is important that the dyes be fibre reactive and colour fast.
Pre-wash the sheet so that it shrinks before dying, and so that any chemical residue or starches used in packaging are removed from the material and will not affect the dye.
Mix your dyes. Be sure that you follow the instructions on the packaging carefully for best colour results. Put the dye into squirt bottles or shallow pans. Picnic-style ketchup and mustard bottles work well for this, or if you prefer pans, small plastic storage boxes are the right size for submersion.
Tie knots all over the sheet. There are several methods for doing this, including stitching knots into place, tying literal knots into the fabric, or wadding fabric and securing them with a rubber band. These all work equally well, and result in different tie dye patterns. The point at which the knot is secured will remain white while the surrounding area will be dyed. There are multiple sites online which offer folding and knotting instructions for specific tie dye patterns.
Saturate the cloth with dye of the colour or colours you have selected. The more saturated the material, the less white will remain at the knot. This can be done two ways: you can submerge a section of material into a pan filled with dye, or you can squirt dye into the material.
Allow the shirt to dry completely, usually about 48 hours, before removing the rubber bands or knots. Once it has completely dried, and the knots or bands have been removed, wash it normally before wearing.
Tips and warnings
- Protect your work space by covering the area with a plastic sheet.
- Protect your hands from staining by wearing plastic gloves.
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