How to Make Tie-Dyed Fabric!

Tie-dye is a term for a technique of coloring fabrics that involves folding, twisting, and crumpling fabric and then tying it with rubber bands or string tightly. Then, you dip it in a fabric dye for some time until the dye to take hold in the fabric.


The areas that are twisted or banded tightly will have no dye or faint traces. Once you remove the ties, you will find unique patterns on the fabric based on the way it was bound.


No matter what technique and colors you use, every tie-dyed item will turn out different.

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Fabric to dye
  • The fabric dye
  • The ties – rubber bands or string
  • A bucket – to mix the dye and soak the fabric.
  1. Before you dye your fabric, you should wash it.
  2. Lay your fabric out flat first and then fold and tie it as desired.
  3. Start dyeing with the lightest color if you are using more than one color.
  4. Some dyes require you to rinse immediately and others require you to let the item sit for at least 24 hours, the exact directions you follow will vary depending on what brand of dye you use.


Creating tie-dyed fabrics can be a lot of fun, unlike other projects, tie & dyed fabric remain a mystery until they are untied and reveal a variety of new, colorful treasures.

This post is a part of a monthly challenge with Creatively Crafty Link Party. For the month of September, we were challenged to create with fabric.
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4 thoughts on “How to Make Tie-Dyed Fabric!

  1. Wow! Super fun project and your fabrics turned out lovely. One summer my husband got on a tie dye kick. Everyone had a t shirt (some of us more than one). He had a blast!

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