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Published on May 27, 2013, by in Au Pair.

The process of tying up fabric and dyeing it dates back to at least 500 A.D., and its popularity has come and gone throughout the years. This trend was especially popular in the 1970’s, and it’s enjoying a come-back now. It’s also a fun craft that you can do with your children, and with a little adult supervision your kids can create their own tie-dyed masterpieces. The dying process works best on natural, light colored clothing, however, if you have dark colored clothing you can do a reverse tie-dye with bleach and extract the color out of the clothing instead of adding it.  There’s even a new method for tie-dyeing that incorporates markers to make the process easier.  To learn about different tie-dying methods, read the following 27 blog entries.

Using Fabric Dye

Traditionally, tie-dyeing fabric has been done with a fabric dye.  The T-shirt is tied up in a spiral or a fan shape and then tied with rubber bands or string.  The dye is applied using squirt bottles to allow the dyer a bit more control over where the dye goes, and can be applied in spirals or in blocks of color.  For more details on how to tie-dye a T-shirt to get different effects, take a look at these nine blog articles.

Using Bleach

Have you ever gotten bleach on an item of clothing and thought that it was ruined?  Well, it may not be.  You can twist and tie up that shirt and add bleach to it for a reverse tie-dye effect.  You need to be very careful with this method though, because bleach can literally eat through fabric and make holes if applied in too concentrated of an amount or left on for too long.  If you don’t want to lose all of the original color, it’s important that you tie the shirt very tightly so that the bleach doesn’t soak into some areas.  Unlike traditional tie-dyeing, you should wash your bleached shirt right away to stop the bleaching process.  To get all of the details on how to have a successful reverse tie-dye experience, check out these blog posts.

Using a Sharpie

If you don’t want to go through all of the mess that regular tie-dying entails, try this new way of tie-dyeing with markers. This method also allows you to control where the color goes and what the end result will look like, and it’s a bit easier to execute. Using colored Sharpie markers and isopropyl alcohol you can make stunning designs on a T-shirt or other natural fiber fabric.  For a look at these tie-dye techniques, look over these nine blog entries.

Once you learn how to tie-dye, you may find that the process is addicting.  No two shirts are ever alike, and it’s always exciting to open up your shirt to see what it looks like. This activity is also a perfect one for kids to participate in, and would be a fun activity to do at a birthday party or on a rainy day.

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