Instructions for a Fast Tie Dye

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The tie dyed look is a popular style, but it's always been difficult to create, requiring several hours and creating a big mess. New products make it much easier to tie dye your clothes. In fact, you can have a great looking new item in around an hour. You also no longer have to do the tying part of tie dying, a process that involves using rubber bands or string to create white spaces in the shirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothing to dye
  • Spray dye for fabric
  • Rubber bands (optional)
  • Protect your working area. Whether you're working on a table or a floor, you should protect the area to avoid staining it with dye. For example, you could cover it with plastic bags or newspapers.

  • Scrunch up your fabric. You can choose from a number of tie dying styles. To create a spiral, pinch the fabric in the middle and twirl it around. You can also simply bunch the fabric up for an all-over tie dye effect. At this point you can use rubber bands to secure the fabric, but it's not necessary.

  • Spray the fabric with one dye color. The areas that are most exposed will receive the most dye.

  • Open the fabric, and spread it out to see the work that you've created so far. Then, re-scrunch it in the design you've chosen. Doing this a second time will expose new areas for dye.

  • Spray the fabric with a second color.

  • Repeat the scrunching and spraying steps until your shirt looks the way you want it to look.

  • Allow the dye to dry. This should take about an hour, depending on how much dye you used.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not wash the fabric until 72 hours have passed. This is how long it takes spray dye to set.

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  • Photo Credit tie dyed green image by Steve Mann from Fotolia.com
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