NHTieDye.com Do It Yourself Directions - Cinnimon bun!

We Have A DIY (Do It Yourself) Tie Dye KIT! Now available!
Witht the same Dye and Supplies we use in our studio!

PDF Tie Dye Directions

You will need:
Trash bags to protect working surfaces, plastic grocery bags to store your creations in, Paper Towels to clean up and wrap your work in, Rubber Bands to tie up your shirt with, Rubber Gloves to protect your hands, Eye protection, and clothing protection, Plastic Bucket to soak your shirt in, Chop Sticks to spiral shirts with, Dye squirt bottles, Dyes, Fixative, detergent, Clean Shirt, Or our tie dye kit :-)

In the bucket, Soak in the right fixative, for the fiber reactive dye, that is a solution of one cup Soda Ash, or Sodium Carbonate in a gallon of water. Wring out the shirt really really well so that there will be space in the fabric for the dye.

Use only the right fabric for the dye you are using and follow the directions. I use a fiber reactive dye. So It won't react with synthetic fibers Nylon, Polyester, Spandex etc. But will work on any plant fiber based fabric, Cotton, Rayon, Hemp, Linen, bamboo, etc. Cover your work surfaces with plastic! Cover your hands with gloves eyes with glasses and wear an apron, or smock. Mix your dyes and fixative just before your tie dye session. Dyes don't keep well.

Step 1 spread out

Spread out the shirt on a clean surface. If there are stains or spots from other tie dyes, they add character, Groovy!

Roll it up!

Starting on the corner you want to be lightest, Roll the shirt so it is a long snake, the tighter the better! Once you have a Long Snake, roll the snake like a cinnamon Bun.

Tie It Up!

Tie the shirt like a spiral, going across the center. It doesn’t take many bands to keep the pattern together, and i usually just use 3 just to split it up for the dyeing part.


Dye with LOTS of dye but slowly. the shirt is very tight, and it takes lots of dye to get to the center of the shirt and because it is tight it takes some time to get there. you will find when you unwrap that the colors slowly fade to white.
Starting with lighter dyes, overlapping darker dyes. In this example, a rainbow, I started with yellow on Half the design, overlapping blue on half the design overlapping a third of the yellow making green. Finally using Red on half the design overlapping a third of the yellow and a third of the blue making orange and purple giving all 6 colors on the design
Flip once one side is well saturated and saturate the second side.

Finishing Your Shirt!

1.  Wait 24 hours!  The toughest part as you want to see your new creation!  Your Tie Dye needs to be kept from drying out, and left to sit for the dye’s chemical reaction to take place.  If you don’t wait a good 12+ hours the colors will not be as strong.  Waiting several days is just fine.

2.  Rinse in cool water!  Wearing rubber gloves, and protective clothing, remove the rubber bands.  Rinse out the shirt in comfortable running water until there is little color coming out of the garment.
3.  Wash in HOT water!  After rinsing, wash the Tie-Dye with only other Tie-Dye garments in the hottest water you can.  If LOTS of dark colors were used in dyeing your garments you may need to wash more than once for the water to be clean of excess dye.  Only a small amount of detergent is necessary. 4.  Finish with a good fabric Softener and dry.  Add a good fabric softener.  The Tie Dye process is hard on the fabric, a good fabric softener will help restore the soft ‘hand’ of the cotton.  Dry and your shirt is ready to wear!
5.  Send John and Sarah a photo In your new Tie Dye! at: sarah@NHTieDye.com! and we will put  you on our website!  Congratulations you have a cool NEW shirt!

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