Time to Make
1 hour + drying time for dye
Adult Supervision Needed
How to Make
- Before you start:
- Rinse the tie by hand then squeeze out most of the water until it is damp then pull out ant creases or wrinkles. Place the polythene sheet from the kit over your work surface. Fold the tie in half so the 2 ends meet. Fold it in half again then wrap elastic bands tightly around the fabric. For a diagonal colour effect, fold the tie in half so the 2 ends meet. Wrap the tie around a thin cardboard tube covered with a plastic bag.
- Wrap elastic bands around the fabric to hold it tightly in place around the tube. There are lots of ways to make exciting tie-dye patterns. The results will vary depending on the number of folds, how the fabric is folded and where the elastic bands are tied.
- Wear the disposable gloves in the kit then follow the instructions for adding water to the dye bottle and applying it onto the fabric. Squeeze the dye over the cushion cover. Press and roll the bag to make sure the dye covers the fabric. Leave the tie to dry for 6-8 hours hanging over a bowl with newspaper or paper towel underneath.
- Remove all the elastic bands (with gloves on) then open out the fabric. If it still feels very wet, remove any excess dye with paper towel or leave it to dry for a bit longer. Rinse the tie in water then leave it to fully dry. Cover it with a pressing cloth then iron out the creases.
To dye the tie:
The canvas tie fabric is fairly absorbent so the dye colours will blend together to create interesting merged patterns.