Lesson: How to Tie Dye Square & Triangle Patterns
Achieve shibori-inspired tie dye in just a few simple steps!
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- Tub or large bucket of water
- Powder Tulip One-Step dye
- Squirt bottles
- Rubber bands
- Plastic table cloth
- 2-Ply Paper towels
- Rubber gloves
- Apron or smock
- Gallon-sized Ziplock bags or plastic wrap (plus a Sharpie if you’re doing this with friends!)
Head here to learn how to prep your item for dyeing. Once your item is damp and ready, lay it flat. The first step is to fold your fabric into a long strip, hot dog style by folding it in half, then in half again. If you need to fold more than twice, be sure to do so accordion-style, do not roll it up like sushi. If dyeing a t-shirt, be sure to fold in the sleeves.
Next, accordion-fold your fabric in either a triangle or square shape, going back and forth from the front of the item to the back to create a true accordion fold.
Cut two pieces of cardboard slightly smaller than the shape of your fold. Sandwich folded fabric between the cardboard and wrap rubber bands around to secure. The cardboard prevents dye from filling in the complete surface of the outside, creating the same shape of negative space that will be revealed between the rest of the folds.
If you want a true shibori look, you can dye your item using one color, such as blue. However you can totally add different colors to the fabric to create a funky multi-colored mix. Be sure to dye all exposed white fabric. The more white you want to appear, the tighter your rubber bands should be to prevent the dye from dripping inside the folds, so adjust accordingly. Alternatively, if you prefer more color, squirt color slightly into the creases between folds.
Example of triangle pattern!
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