How to Tie Dye fabrics: first attempt
Tie Dye Surfbag. I always liked the idea of having handmade tie dye fabrics for unique creation. I used to do it when I was in the hippy phase of my teenager years. And now that I discover the shibori technique and its wonderful results I tried it again. And I’m so happy about the result of the Tie Dye Surfbag, now available in my shop online, that I want to share here the process.
There are millions ways to tie dye fabrics, I tried the simple one with the color bath and the folding technique. I used a dark blue powder for 1Kg of natural cotton fabric to obtain a lighter color. If you want a darker color you should follow carefully the weight instruction of the color you choose.
What you need:
- a spacious pot
- a ladle
- laces and elastics
- color powder for fabric ( I used the Deka batik)
- sea salt
- natural soap
First of all I use to prepare the textile for the color bath. This means that I folded the fabrics in different shapes. In the case of the Tie Dye Surfbag I immerse most of the fabric in the color. I folded some, just for the pocket: one piece in a triangle shape and the other in tube shape. For the tube I rolled the piece of fabric (top of the pocket) with laces to obtain light stripes. For the triangle I use just one elastic, but more elastics you use and more white circles you’ll obtain.
I added 5 lt of water for 150 gr of dark blue coloring powder (follow the color instruction for a darker color), 4 table spoon of sea salt to fix the color. I mixed all constantly. Once boiling, I turned off the hob and I immersed the fabric in, mixing for 15 minutes at least. To obtain the grade coloring effect from white canvas to blue, I immersed just one part of the fabric and with the ladle I poured colored water to make irregular shape of grading. Then I immersed the triangle and the tube (folded fabrics) for other 15 minutes.
Washing and Drying:
After the color bath I washed the fabrics with cold water and natural soap until the water turned clean. After I hanged the fabric to dry in the sun. Once dried I ironed the textile to give an extra fix to the color. All the process was easy to make at home and it will definitely gives your diy project sea vibes!