To create tie-dyed fabric, pretreat the fabric by washing it, shape the fabric, and use rubber bands to tie it. Prepare the dye and works station, soak the fabric in the dye solution, and rinse the dye out. Remove the rubber bands.
- Pretreat the fabric
Wash the fabric, and remove any tags. Dry the fabric completely.
- Get the shape ready
Lay the fabric flat on a table. Grab the center of the fabric, and pull it up. Smooth the sides, twisting slightly as you move down the fabric with your hand.
- Tie the fabric
Work a rubber band over the point that you are holding. Secure it enough times to make a tight hold. Work more rubber bands over the fabric between 1 to 2 inches apart.
- Prepare the dye
Cover the work area with newspaper, and put on rubber gloves. Mix the dye in a plastic tub according to the manufacturer's instructions. If using more than one dye color, mix the lightest color first.
- Dip the fabric
Place the fabric into the dye solution, making sure it completely soaks in. The longer you leave the fabric in the dye, the more vivid the color becomes.
- Rinse the fabric
Rinse the fabric in cool water until the water runs clear. If you are using additional colors, dry the fabric completely before dipping it again.
- Remove the rubber bands
Once you have applied the final dye, cut the rubber bands away.