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Beginners Guide to Tie Dye - How to Tie Dye Hearts and Rainbows the Diva Way

Format PDF (Download Only)
Author Tie Dye Diva
Price $7.50
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Do you want to learn to tie dye? Have you tried it and gotten results that are washed out, too white, muddy brown or just plain ugly? As the Tie Dye Diva, I have created and sold my boutique-style tie dye for years. My shop was a success, but I have hung up my dye-splattered apron for the last time and and I am ready to share my tips for tie-dyeing.

This PDF tutorial teaches you the basics of tie dyeing from choosing tees, folding, tieing, mixing dyes and creating custom colors, to applying the dye and curing and washing out. I'll show you step by step how to create three beautiful and popular tie dye patterns: perfect boutique hearts, Best Friends rainbow tees and a bonus section on the traditional tie dye spiral.

You'll learn how to get that perfectly shaped heart, make a nearly-solid background, how to control stray splatters and bleeds, and how to cure and wash out for a bright, bold, long-lasting effect. The Best Friends tees were a best seller for me, and now I am sharing exactly how to make this adorable matched set of rainbow tees with you.

Just like my sewing patterns, this 28-page tie dye tutorial is full of step-by-step full color photos and helpful explanations and tips. A computer-drawn heart folding template is included, as well as a section on where to buy dyes and chemicals.

What you'll need: This tutorial is for creating professional grade tie dye with fiber reactive (Procion MX or Procion MX-type) dyes. They won't fade, run, or bleed when you are done. You will also need some other ingredients for the reaction, like soda ash, which you can buy at ay hardware or pool supply store or pool supply section of a big box retailer. Almost everything else you already have at home. I'll tell you exactly what you need, where to buy it (it doesn't have to be online!), how to use dyes and chemicals safely, and how to get beautiful results. I do not recommend that you use RIT or other craft kit dyes with these techniques.

*Note: These are downloadable instructions for tie dyeing. Since it is a download, a window will open to download and when you are signed into your user account at the time of purchase, it will also be located in the "My Library" section of your user account immediately after purchase.

by Mitchell, Lynn
on November 17th, 2012

good pattern but a little more than I wanted to

by Babineaux, Andrea
on March 18th, 2012

Easy to understand and to follow! Well done. My daughter loves her new heart tye-dye!


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White, 100% cotton t-shirt or other garment or fabric.
Procion MX dyes
soda ash
rubber bands or string
miscellaneous household containers, etc. that you can dedicate for tie dye use
gloves and mask for safety
complete list of other miscellaneous items you are likely to have at home is in the eBook.