Introduction: Ice Dyeing Fabric

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I was so excited when I found this tie tying technique! I love that it creates a softer and watercolor appearance compared to regular tie dyeing.

Step 1: Supplies

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- Ice or Snow

- Fabric

- Powered dye ( I used Dylon permanent fabric dye in Flamingo Pink, Tulip Red, Intense Violet, Ocean Blue, and Sunflower Yellow)

- Plastic Container

- Helper Shelf that fits in plastic container

- Soda Ash (optional)

I used rubber gloves and wore an apron the entire time when working with the dye

Step 2:

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I started by soaking my fabric in soda ash for 20 minutes. I used Tulips soda ash for this. This brand requires one packet (2.25 g) of soda ash to one gallon of water.

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Next, I placed the fabric onto the helper shelf that is placed in the plastic container. Then, place the ice on the fabric until it is completely covered.

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Next, add the dye! When adding the dye, keep in mind that the color mixing rule applies (ex. red + blue = purple).

After some on the ice melted, I did go back and add another layer of ice.

Step 5: Side Note

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When I was done using the dye, I used painter's tape and a plastic bag to make sure it won't spill.

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I let the fabric soak in the dye overnight. In the morning, I carefully moved the fabric to the sink. Run water on it until clear water is shown when you ring it out. Next, put it in the washing machine by itself so it doesn't dye other clothing items. Let dry, and you are done!


shaunaxx (author)2016-10-28

how do u do this

KWDragon (author)2016-06-05

I have done traditional tie-dyeing before, and I didn't find it too difficult, but I really like the way your shirts turned out. This looks like my next summer project. Thanks!

PaulineTBolland (author)2016-06-02

Can I ask, when you say add the dye, that's the powder straight out of the packet not mixed with water? Thanks

I did not mix the dye with water, but I have seen other ice dyeing techniques where they added water to the dye.

parisusa (author)2016-06-01

I've never tried traditional tie dye. This sounds easier & like you, I like the water color appearance! Thank you for sharing.

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