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.
Flour Sac Tea Towels, pre-washed
pink, blue and green Dye
plastic water bottle for diluting dye
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.
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.
Put fabric into sink and apply dye. If you want you can apply multiple colors.
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-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.