The tie dye technique goes perfectly with our new Back to Black kit. The final product is both striking and timeless. Jet Black All-Purpose Dye, our darkest, richest black yet, is included in our new Back to Black kit. Our secret weapon for removing bleeding and fading is ColorStay Dye Fixative. Also, gloves! Learn how to tie-dye with it in the video below!
What you will need:
Cotton T-Shirt + Shorts from Rit's Back to Black Kit
Plastic Table Cover
Baking Rack + Tray
Measuring Cup and Spoon
Warm, soapy water should be used to pre-wash clothing items. This aids in the removal of any finishes that may obstruct dye absorption. Lay the fabric out on a level surface while it is still damp.
Choose a location for the spiral's centre. Then slowly begin to twist the fabric in a spiral manner by wrapping your fingers around the central point. To keep the spiral together, loosely wrap rubber bands around the fabric.
Mix 2 tablespoons of well-shaken dye with two cups of hot tap water while wearing rubber gloves.
Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the mixture.
Fill a squirt bottle halfway with water. Shake vigorously.
Place the shirt and shorts on top of a baking rack with a tray below. This prevents the colour from penetrating the fabric.
We squirted the dye onto the entire fabric for the shirt. We squeezed the dye in random parts for the shorts. Repeat on the other side.
Allow 30 minutes for the dye to absorb after it has been applied to the fabric.
While the fabric is still tied up, perform the following to set the dye: With a squeeze bottle, apply Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative to intensify the colours and eliminate bleeding. 2 teaspoons ColorStay Dye Fixative, well mixed with water, applied liberally to both sides of the fabric.
We strongly advise using your microwave if the cloth does not include any metal pieces. Wrap the fabric in plastic wrap and secure the edges after applying ColorStay Dye Fixative. Heat the wrapped fabric on a paper towel for 2 minutes in the microwave. The plastic will inflate up, forming a heat chamber that will aid in the bonding of the dye to the fabric. Remove the cloth from the microwave and open the plastic to allow it to cool. Note: If you don't have access to a microwave and it's a hot, sunny day, leave the wrapped fabric out in the sun for a few hours.
Rinse with cool water until the rinse water is clear. To avoid unabsorbed colour from seeping into any white areas, this is critical. Rinse with the fabric bundle flat on the baking rack if feasible. As it is rinsed off, some of the unabsorbed pigment may run into white areas if it is held vertically.
With a pair of scissors, carefully remove the rubber bands and unfold the fabric.
Rinse and dry in cool water with a light detergent.