Set up work surface Protect work surface with plastic trash bags. Cover with a layer of paper towels. Prewash fabric Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Choose a natural fiber fabric to best absorb the dye into the fibers (cotton, wool, rayon, silk). Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheet. Choose desired technique. If using wet technique, use directly from washer. If using dry technique, first dry fabric in dryer. Mix dye Wearing rubber gloves, add water to dye bottle, filling to line. Replace cap tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved. Use full-strength for intense colors. For a lighter shade of color, add more water using extra bottle if needed. Dye fabric Apply dye on fabric, checking to make sure dye has penetrated into folds. Do not over-saturate fabric. If dye is applied too close together, the colors may become muddy. Wrap, let set, rinse Cover dyed fabric with plastic wrap to keep damp. Let set 6-8 hours or longer for most intense colors. Fully rinse dyed fabric in warm water until all extra dye is removed and water runs clear - removing rubber bands if used. Fill washer to large load setting with hottest water suitable for the fabric and a small amount of laundry soap. Wash and dry separately. Wash separately the first few washes. Do not allow dyed fabric to rest wet on other items.
Tips & Techniques
Note: Do not add water to dye until you are prepared to apply it. Apply dye within 24 hours after mixing. Dye left unapplied after 24 hours will begin to lose concentration and will result in noticeably weaker color intensity. Plastic wrap can be used for larger areas. Place small items in laundry bag for washing. If darker dye drops on lighter dye, rub off to remove excess. Make sure excess dye dust is removed from work area. It is invisible until it reacts with water. Create new colors by blending dyes. Cover dyed fabric with plastic to keep it from drying out. Precautionary note: Always wear gloves when working with dyes. Dry dye powder can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Avoid inhaling dye dust over an extended period of time. Use in well-ventilated area. Supervise children doing tie-dye projects. Caution: May irritate skin and eyes. Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing. Do not swallow. Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses. Keep out of reach of children. First Aid Treatment: Contains organic dye and sodium bicarbonate. If swallowed, contact a poison control center or doctor immediately. Do not induce vomiting. If in eyes, rinse with water for 15 minutes. If on skin, rinse well with water. Adult supervision required.