Hi friends! When I was recently rummaging through my supplies I came across a couple of tie-dye kits. I had intended to make some matching T-shirts with my kids to wear on a trip but my teens quickly shot down that idea calling it “cringy” and so the supplies sat in my drawer unloved until now! I vaguely remember hearing about a technique called ice dying and I was curious to give it a try. Watch the video and see how it went and what techniques got the best results!
Supplies (affiliate links used)
- Powder dye (any brand, just make sure it is powder, not liquid when you get it)
- T Shirts or 100% cotton fabric
- Lots of ice cubes
- Soda ash (or table salt if you don’t have it) Rubber gloves *should come in tie-dye kit
- Other: Plastic to protect your work area
- Cookie sheets or some sort of grate to elevate the fabric for best results These are the ones I have and they have legs to elevate the fabric.
- Soak the fabric in hot water and soda ash so the colors will hold.
- Elevate the fabric for best results. If you don’t have means to elevate the fabric I suggest doing a regular tie-dye technique because it will look just as good if not better and use less dye so you can do more fabric.
- The longer the dye sits the stronger the color will be. The color will appear much darker [when dying] than it will turn out.
- Be sure to rinse all dye from the fabric and hang to dry.
- The first few times you wash your fabric wash it separately by and so and dye can’t transfer to another laundry.
This is a great project to do with your kid outside while the weather is nice and a fun way to cool off too! Some viewers had great ideas on elevating a bunch of fabric such as putting palettes, fence sections or chicken wire on cinder blocks and laying your fabric on that. I am sure you can find something around your home that will work just as well. Have fun and til next time happy crafting!