Monday, August 31, 2020

How to Tie Dye a Dress with Ice

I am seeing tie dye projects all over social media and Pinterest this Summer and decided it was time to give it a try. I was really interested in the ice dye technique, which results in a pretty watercolor effect. Here is how I gave a white sundress the ice tie dye treatment.


Supplies Needed for Ice Tie Dye:

Article of clothing

Tub or container to soak in

Wire draining rack

Powdered dye

Bag of crushed ice


Step 1: Soak the pieces in water and wring them out till they are damp.



Step 2: Find a tub/container with a rack over top to allow the ice to melt and drain. I used an aluminum casserole pan and sliced several slits in the lid. Scrunch up the damp fabric and lay it on top of the "rack" over the container.


Step 3: Fully cover the fabric with ice, then apply the dye. I used a powdered dye mixed with water in squirt bottles, but you can use it in powdered form for a more intense color. Do not use too many colors, or the piece will turn brown. I used pink, blue and purple generously in sections over the piece. Allow the ice to melt and sit for at least two hours; I let mine sit overnight.


Step 4: Rinse the dye out thoroughly in the sink or tub, then run through a wash/dry cycle by itself. Wear it!

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