I have a huge love for tie-dye. The Summer calls for fun tie-dye projects, and tie-dye tea towels look always pretty in the warm Summer months! I love making shirts for my kids, table linens and sheets using all sorts of tie -dye techniques.

For some of tie-dye colored tea towels I applied a bit of a different coloring technique. In addition to the traditional tie-dye look, I also was  looking for a lighter watery pastel look. To achieve this light colored pastel look I started by diluting the dye with water 1:3, using much more water in the dye solution than dye. I also only left the dye on the fabric for about 10 minutes instead of a couple hours,which results in a deeper stained fabric. For a more subtle and intense look I follow the usual ratio instructions on the dye package and let the dye set for a few hours.

Both looks are beautiful, one lighter and one more intense in color.

 

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels

Handmade Tea Towels

 

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels

 

I used

Flour Sac Tea Towels, pre-washed

pink, blue and green Dye

plastic water bottle for diluting dye

Rubber Bands

Gloves

 

Start by putting rubber bands around your tea towel. A simple technique is by grabbing the middle of the towel and wrapping 3 or 4 rubber bands around it.

 

tie-dye technique

 

Dilute the dye with water in a 1:3 ratio for the light colored pastel dye-look.Your dye solution should look pretty light colored.

 

diluted dye

 

Put fabric into sink and apply dye. If you want you can apply multiple colors.

 

Tie-Dye Techinuqe

Put towel in a plastic bag for about 10 minutes. Take it out of bag and rinse with water until fabric rinses clear. Let dry. I let my dyed fabric dry outside in sunlight, so the colors penetrate even more.  Machine wash on gentle cycle before use.

 

Tie-Dye Techinuqe

 

Tie-Dye Techinuqe

 

Tie-Dyed Tea Towel

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels

 

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels

Handmade Tea Towels

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels look also beautiful when you prefer a more subtle color look. To achieve this look do not dilute as much and leave dye on for a few hours. The result is a much deeper colored look, and is just as beautiful.

 

Tie-Dyed Tea Towels

 

 

Handmade Tea Towels

 

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