Maybe you already know this, but tie-dying isn't just a fashion trend. It's a fantastic way to give boring (or stained) fabrics a second life – and a fun, easy craft that results in pieces that look like art (regardless of your artistic skills – or lack thereof).
And if you're looking to go the natural route, indigo is the perfect place to start. Created from the fermented leaves of the indigo plant, evidence of indigo-dyed cloth has been found with Egyptian mummies going back 5,000 years – and it’s also been found in archeological ruins from Peru, Guatemala, China, Japan, and Africa. While indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for fabrics, it’s still used today to color blue jeans! And now, whatever you want to dye, too!
The Hello Bello Indigo Tie-Dye Kit dyes up to 5 lbs of fabric or 15 t-shirts.
Part of the fun of tie-dying is you never know quite what you're going to get – but it almost always looks amazing. While string is the traditional material for tying, rubber bands are great, too. Whatever you use, just make sure it's tight.
For Circles or Spots: Pull up the fabric at a point and put a rubber band around it or place a small pebble, bean or popcorn in the tip of the fabric and the bind placed just under it. For concentric circles, place more than one rubber band on the pulled up area (spacing them apart).
For Unpredictable Art, Use an Accordion Fold: This simple back forth fold can be done in many ways such as starting from the side or from a corner. Clamp folded fabric with rubber bands. With slight variations, you can get endless patterns.
Repeat steps 2-4 for darker shades or you can rinse thoroughly, untie, and wash with a mild detergent and warm water. Gently stir the dye and replace the cover.
Thanks to @summercamptiedye for sharing her photos with us! Follow her on Instagram for more inspiration or to order custom tie-dye pieces!