How To Ice Dye Fabric – Tie Dye Techniques

Ice Dyed Shirt

In this week’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to ice dye!

Ice dye is one of the easiest tie dye techniques I’ve ever done – the ice does most of the work for you! I can’t think of too many projects better than this for a sunny, summer day 🙂 It doesn’t take long to do and the results are beautiful!

 

Time needed: ~20 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials List:

  • Powdered fabric dye (it’s best to use colors that are next to each other, or analogous, on the color wheel, so things won’t get muddy)
  • Container large enough to fit the items you’re dyeing
  • Screen or cookie cooling rack 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Mask
  • Ice cubes
  • Shirts or other items to dye (the higher the cotton percentage, the better) I used this tee

*Any items such as the container you use, or cookie cooling racks, should not be used for food again after doing this. I recommend buying some inexpensive ones from the dollar store or Walmart just for dyeing with.

Tips:

  • Do this outside, or where it won’t matter if things get messy
  • The more ice you use, the more effects you’ll get
  • Be generous with the amount of dye you use
  • Use analogous colors together such as red, orange, and yellow or pink, purple, and blue
  • Wear a mask to prevent breathing any dye
  • I let my dyed items sit overnight with the dye still on them, just to make sure the dye would take full effect. If you have time, I recommend doing this – but this way, the powder will dry and be harder to wash off.
  • Before wearing, wash items in the washer without other items they could stain

 

Good luck, and if you have questions, feel free to comment below!

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How to Ombré Dye a Shirt (Single Color)

 

People call it different things – dip dye, ombre, gradient – whatever you call it, this video tutorial shows how to make it!

This project uses one color of dye and fades into the color of the shirt. It takes a little time, but is actually really easy to create!

 

Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~1 hour

Materials:

  • Shirt
  • Hanger
  • Bucket or other container
  • Spoon
  • Dye (I used this dye in Navy blue)

FAQ:

  1. Can I do this with other things besides shirts?

Yes! It should work with other items, but be aware that the material they are made out of may affect how the dye will look. 100% cotton typically takes dye best.

2. What temperature should the dye be?

It depends on the dye you use, but it is usually best to use hot water in the bucket of dye. You’ll definitely want to use hot water for the rinse – hot water will set the dye.

3. Where should I put the shirt while it sits for 24 hours?

It works great to leave it on the hanger and hang it up outside for the 24 hours. If you can’t do that, hang it over a bath tub or sink where drips of dye won’t stain anything.

 

This is a messy project, and it’s best to do it outside, like I did, if you can.

If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to comment it below 🙂

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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