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What are some simple methods of tie-dying?

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A few simple methods of tie-dying include applying the dye by hand to specific spots on fabric, and then allowing the dyed fabric to rest in a plastic bag for up to 24 hours before washing it. Applying the dye on a covered work space makes for easy cleanup.

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Squeeze bottles, paintbrushes and sponges are all viable tools for applying dye to fabric. Folding fabric into different shapes and securing it at intervals with rubber bands yields different patterns. A sunburst design is created when one color of dye is applied to knots made in the fabric, and another color is applied to the areas around the knots.

Washing fabric before applying the dye helps to remove any chemicals, oils and dirt, which resist dye.

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