Tie-Dye with Wildjoy
It's time for our first at-home Wildjoy experience! Introducing Tie-Dye with Wildjoy where you receive a package from us with EVERYTHING you need to have a stellar tie-dye experience.
It's time for our first at-home Wildjoy experience! Introducing Tie-Dye with Wildjoy where you receive a package from us with EVERYTHING you need to have a stellar tie-dye experience. Create your masterpiece in whatever pattern you like best with the rubber bands in place. You could do a bullseye or splatter!
In this blog, we are going to show you how to tie-dye with wildjoy through easy steps and photos. If you haven't purchased the kit yet, you can find it here.
Our tie-dye kits include:
- one of our soft white logo tees in the fitted or loose style
- dye (fill to top with water)
- rubber bands
- plastic bags
Let's get started! This process will take about 20 minutes.
Step #1: Set-Up Your Workspace
Open your package and carefully unpack everything. Create a safe-space to spill some dye with covering your work surface with a trash bag or something similar.
- Prewash your shirt in warm, soapy water in large bowl to remove anything from the fabric.
- Lay damp shirt out on a flat surface.
Step #2: Mix your Dye
- Wear the gloves provided in the bag and unscrew the lids from the dye bottles. You'll add 1/4th of a teaspoon of salt to each dye bottle after unscrewing the lid.
- Pour water into the top of each squirt bottle. Fill up to the top. Shake well with your finger on the top.
- Repeat for each color.
- For best results, place shirt on baking rack with a tray under it. It will help keep the dye from puddling under the fabric. If you don't have this, use a large bowl instead.
Step #3: Tie-dye Time!
- Pinch, pleat or fold shirt to make a design. Wrap rubber bands tightly around fabric at various points. The rubber bands act as a resist and create white spaces. The more rubber bands you use and the tighter they are wrapped, the more white space there will be.
- Use the rubber bands to engineer where the dye will soak into the shirt. If you want to achieve a bullseye look, look at this Youtube Tutorial.
- If you are trying to achieve sections of white space, purposely leave certain sections of the fabric white and un-dyed.
- If using multiple colors, plan to put adjacent primary colors (red, yellow, blue) or secondary colors (orange, green, purple) next to each other. In the areas where they run together, they will blend together and create a third color. Keep paper towels handy to remove any dye that seeps into an area where you plan to place another color.
- After the dye is applied, let the fabric sit for 30 minutes to allow the dye to absorb.
Step #4: Microwave Time
- Wrap the fabric in plastic wrap and seal the edges. Place the wrapped fabric on a paper towel in the microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Plastic will puff up, creating a heat chamber that helps bond the dye with the fabric. Once the microwave is done, remove the fabric and open the plastic, letting it cool down.
- If you don't have a microwave, you could place it out in the Sun instead!
- Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear. This is very important to prevent unabsorbed dye from bleeding into any white areas.
- Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric.
- Wash in cold water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
We manufacture and ship our garments from Phoenix, Arizona.