1.Knit your own natural, hand-dyed luxurious silk shawls, scarves and wraps as birthday gifts and holiday gifts! Include a recycled paper card letting your special someone know that their gift was hand-knit and hand-dyed using natural dyes made with love from your very own garden or local farmer’s market!

2.Revive your wardrobe. Everyone has something white or pastel that they cannot wear because of some annoying food or beverage stain. Instead of pitching it, bring it back to life! Revitalize it with some homemade natural dye (and have fun doing it!)

3.Knitting shawls, scarves or comfy-cosy wraps as gifts is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care. Use undyed silk, wool, cashmere or silk/wool blend yarn and dye it in a natural dye of your choosing. Your loved ones will love it and the environment will thank you for it!

4.Add some passion to your bedroom curtains and dye them naturally with pomegranate, beet or mangosteen. You can even mix a little indigo in with any one of the above to create some purple passion!

5.Transform a stained white or pastel tablecloth into something beautiful again! Choose a dark-colored natural dye made from indigo, walnut hulls, pomegranate, beet or mangosteen so your next stains won’t be as visible!

6.Gather your old shawls, scarves, sarongs, sheets, dresses, t-shirts, towels and tablecloths and transform them into creative works of art! Using your own handmade natural dyes, you can make prayer flags, holiday flags, wall hangings, tapestries, wall art and more.

7.Get creative in your art space at home and at work. Make natural dyes for use in fabric art, dyeing canvas, batik art and whatever else inspires you. The possibilities are endless!

8.Go Green in the classroom! Take your class on a field trip to the local botanical garden, farmer’s market or nursery and select your plants for natural dyeing. Prepare natural dyes together as a class, bottle them up and use them to make safe, environmentally friendly arts & crafts projects and holiday gifts.

9.Get creative with your kids over summer vacation! Make your own natural dyes as a family and use them to make cool, tie-dye t-shirts that are colorful, safe and environmentally friendly!

10.Design your eco-friendly clothes or accessories line! Buy undyed organic cotton, hemp or bamboo fabric and dye them with your own natural dyes. You can even reuse patches of old fabric and dye it with a complimentary color, creating a textured, patchwork look to your design.

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There are many applications for budding tie dyers to show off their new craft skills, but having the right tie dye supplies helps to get you started off on the right foot. Here’s a description of all the tie dye supplies you need:

Procion MX Dyes:

Procion MX Fiber Reactive Cold Water Dye

Procion MX Fiber Reactive Cold Water Dye


Tools for the mixing process:

First you should wear a plastic apron to protect your clothing from accidental staining.

When mixing your dyes and pre-soaking solutions you’ll need the following tie dye supplies:

– long handled plastic or metal mixing spoons or tongs
– plastic or metal measuring spoons
– squeeze bottles for your different color dyes

Empty Squeeze Bottles (Pack of 12)

– measuring cups
– and funnels (for mess free filling of dye bottles).

To enhance the vibrancy and help improve the retention of dye color quality over time you should add soda ash, cooking salt, Dharma dye fixative and/or urea in the suggested amounts to your dye colors.

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You’ll need  – Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate)

Jacquard Soda Ash Dye Fixer 1 lb. Jacquard Soda Ash Dye Fixer
1 lb.

Soda ash is a mild alkali that promotes the chemical reaction between fiber reactive dye and cellulose fiber. Soda ash is also known as sodium carbonate, washing soda, or sal soda. One pound of soda ash is required to activate and “set” Procion dye for approximately 15 T-shirts.


To thicken your dye for greater control of the ‘spread’ of the dye colors you can also add a:
Jacquard Sodium Alginate 2 oz. SH thickener. (Optional)

Urea (helps dye dissolve and retains moisture) It attracts moisture from the air, keeping the fiber damp longer allowing a greater reaction time for the dye. Urea is used with sodium alginate thickener when printing, painting or directly applying  to Procion Dye to fiber or is added to Procion dye for super intense color.

Jacquard Urea 1 lb.

You’ll also need: wet towels or newspaper to line your flat bottomed basin, bucket or even a clean litter tray to place dye and squirt bottles while pouring and mixing dyes – unless you are using a plastic tarp or a drop sheets to protect your surfaces from unwanted dye and chemicals.

Safety equipment:

Safety equipment is necessary to prevent inhalation or skin/mucus membrane exposure to dyes or other tie dye chemicals that may be mildly carcinogenic, can cause lung ailments and/or can cause damage to the skin (in the case of soda ash).

Tie dye supplies you should also have include:

a good quality dust mask – Use your dust mask when measuring out dye powder !
clear work goggles to prevent airborne powder and/or dye, chemical splashes from getting into your eyesand good quality disposable rubber gloves.

Contamination and stain prevention:

During the entire process of dyeing, from preparing your articles for dyeing and mixing the dyes, to rinsing and washing the excess dye from your freshly dyed items, you should wear gloves to prevent your hands from coming in contact with the caustic soda ash to becoming stained by the dyes.

Articles for Tie Dying

In your quest to create your own tie dyed masterpieces, one of the most important considerations when obtaining tie dye supplies is to select your articles for tie dying.

For best, immediate results, especially for beginners, these should be a white, pure cotton or silk articles, and can include:

– clothes
– pillow cases
– lengths of fabric
– sheets
– table cloths
– or any other kind of item that can be dyed

Another tie dyeing option is to take old cotton or silk clothes you may have and dye them as a freshening up technique.

Tools for the dyeing process

To prepare your articles for dyeing you’ll need to hold the folded, scrunched or spiraled items in place by tying with flat sinew, dental floss or rubber bands.

Plastibands Plastibands

Plastibands are a better alternative to rubber bands. They are made of a latex free material that is stronger than rubber and it will not deteriorate. These are great for any need from tie dyeing and batik to use in the office.


When applying the dye you should use squirt bottles or, if you’ve chosen to dip-dye you will need a shallow pan or bucket to hold the dyeing liquids and another to place the dye dampened items. Also have on hand plastic or ziploc bags to batch up your dyed articles and to keep them damp while the dye sets.

Finishing your project:

To finish your dyed projects and help them retain the quality of the dye colors, enhancing light and wash fastness, you may want to use a washing liquid called Synthrapol. Jacquard Synthapol 6 oz.

To restore the natural pre-dyed feel of your cloth you can use Milsoft liquid textile softener.

Cleaning up:

To remove any unwanted dye stains that might have occurred on your work surfaces or anything else, you can wipe them down with cotton rags and light bleach solution. To remove dye from fabric you can use Dharma’s Dyehouse Color Remover. And to remove dye stains from your hands you can use Reduran Hand Cleaner.

To help make your tie dyeing session trouble free, make sure you’ve got all your tie dye supplies ready and available in your work area before you get started with the actual tie dyeing process.

 

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This is a homemade tie dye gift idea we had some fun with a number of years back. Tie-dye clothing make good homemade tie dye gift ideas because each one is unique, you can customize the colors, they are fun to make, fairly easy and many people love to receive them. This might be one of those elusive homemade tie dye gift that men would like. You can apply tie-dye to almost anything that is cotton… T-shirts, socks, clothing for toddlers. There are also many techniques to create unique designs.

Materials...

Ritdye. This brand worked really well, creating nice vibrant color. I was unsuccessful with another brand that came in squirt bottles, as the color turned out dull.

Cotton clothing. Socks, t-shirts, clothing for toddlers, anything made of cotton will work. I’ve seen examples of bedsheets and curtains as well. Just remember to use items that are at least 60% cotton, preferably 100%. Polyester blends will not turn out as vibrant. The more cotton that is in the item, the more vibrant the color will be. You can get a bunch of cheap 100% cotton tshirts at Michael’s.

Rubber bands or string to tie the item up with. This creates the unique tie-dye effect.

A 3 gallon bucket for each color

Rubber gloves

Long wooden spoon that you don’t mind getting permanently dyed

Clothes or sponges for cleanup – again, they will be permanently dyed

Something to cover your work surface like plastic garbage bags, as the process can be really messy

Instructions:

There are a number of techniques for designs that you can find on the internet. Rit has a few pages from their website on techniques as well as tutorials.

Consider preshrinking your garment in the washer and dryer.

Prepare your dye bath(s) according to the instructions on the Rit dye container. The hotter the water is the more vibrant the color will be.

Working from the lightest color to the darkest color, immerse your garment in each bath for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally. After each immersion, rinse the garment.

After the last dye bath, rinse the garment in warm water then in cold water until the water runs clear.
Wash garment with warm water and detergent and rinse in cold water.

Repeat step 5 one more time without detergent. This is just so that the garments don’t bleed on your gift recipients other clothing when they wash them together.

Let hang dry and you are done.

Dude… you now have some wicked-cool clothing to give as tie dye gifts!

 

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