Tie Dye Kit Instructions
Tie Dye Kit Instructions:
Step 1: Pre-Wash Your Garment
Ideally, first pre-wash garments in HOT water and 3 teaspoons of DAWN or similar dishwasher soap, to remove any oils, dirt or anything else that might resist the dye.
Step 2: Soak garments in soda ash solution
Wear a mask & gloves! Use - 1 cup (8 oz.) of Soda Ash Fixer per gallon of warm water. A gallon will soak 10-12 adult XL tees - so way more kids tees, fewer dresses, etc. Soak the tied garments about 5-15 minutes. Squeeze out the garment so it is damp but not dripping. You can reuse solution until gone.
The wetter your shirt is the less dye will be able to saturate and the more white will be in your final tie dye designs. We like to put our tie dyes after squeezing out excess soda ash into a spin only cycle on our washing machine, but this is not necessary.
Step 3: Mix your dyes
Caution: This part has the possibility to get messy if you aren’t careful! Make sure you always work in an area where you can be a bit messy or that is well protected with plastic etc. Make sure you have a roll of paper towels on hand and as always wear your gloves! Once this dye is mixed it will be good for up to 2 weeks. It will still work after that but will slowly lose strength over time.
- Carefully open your bottle Add WARM water (not hot, 95-105 degrees F or less).
- Fill bottle up to just below the skinny part of the bottle, Screw lid on TIGHTLY.
- Add cap, cover cap with paper towel for good measure, and shake well to mix dye and water.
- At this point your dye bottle will be under pressure so just leave the cap on, leave the paper towel there, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. If you remove red cap too soon the dye may erupt out like a small volcano which is exciting but messy.
- When you are ready to dye carefully remove red cap, a small amount of dye may topple out so make sure you are working on a protected surface and have paper towels on hand!
- Your dye is now ready to work with! With the dye being warm it tends to come out slightly forcefully when dying so if you allow dye to cool down before using it is easier to control where the dye goes.
- As always if you have any questions about ANYTHING in this kit please feel free to message us in our shop at any time and we will get back to you asap.
Step 4: Fold and Tie Your Garment
Check out our Tik Tok/Instagram videos for inspiration (@Dbeachtiedye)! Or check out Youtube for super in-depth tutorials! (We like Roslyn Rags and Mr.Tie Dye channels.
Step 5: Squirt on Dye
Apply dye with squeeze bottles. Make sure your lids are screwed on as tight as possible and also be careful when applying the dye, go very slowly as the dye has the tendency to fly out slightly. I always start with the nozzle of the dye bottle pointed away from the shirt and going from the outside of the shirt to the center, this helps with the precision of the dye application.
The more dye you use the more saturated the design will be, we like to really saturate ours but it is nice to have designs with more white as well.
If you have most of your shirts done and only a bit of dye left in the bottles, you can add water to the bottles to top them off and to make a more pastel design.
Step 5: Let it Rest
Let your tied and dyed designs sit and cure for at least 4 hours but preferably 24 hours for the brightest colors.
You don’t need to put your tie dyes inside of a plastic bag when you are done you can cover them with a bag or plastic wrap instead to keep damp. Just make sure they sit in a room at least 70 degrees so that the dye can work properly and bond with the fabric.
Step 6: Wash it Out
Rinse the tie-dyes thoroughly before putting in the machine. Leaving ties on, rinse under cold running water (faucet, hose or shower), to stop the dye chemical reaction. Next rinse in warm water while you untie the folds, keep rinsing until water runs fairly clear. Throw in the machine as soon as it is rinsed, running it through a full cycle, use 3 teaspoons of dishwasher soap similar to Dawn to wash your tie dye the first time. Don't wash more than the equivalent of about 8 adult size t-shirts at a time or the water gets too muddy. As soon as wash cycle is complete move your tie dyes to the dryer, don’t let them sit while damp or the dye could run.