Tie dye is a technique used to dye interesting patterns into fabrics. The technique involves folding up the material and tying it with string or rubber bands, before dipping it into the dye. It is common for multiple dye colors to be used; when choosing colors, you must ensure that, when mixed, they create a nice color — red and blue is a good choice, for example, as together they make purple.

Things You'll Need


Wash the fabric you wish to tie dye. Once washed, fold it and tie it.

Wearing your dust mask and gloves for safety, mix a solution of soda ash fixer and warm water — use one cup of the soda ash fixer and a gallon of water. Soak the fabric in this solution for about 15 minutes.

Mix 15 ml of urea in 250 ml water, add one of the dyes to this solution. Repeat this step for the other dye.

Use squeeze bottles, paintbrushes and sponges to apply the dye to your fabric. Leave the fabric to rest for some time, ideally 24 hours.

Rinse the fabric in cold water until the water runs clear, then rinse in warm water as you untie the ties. Put the fabric in a washing machine for a full cycle, then leave it out to dry.