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How to Make Tie Dye Circles

Learn how to make tie dye circles in this Howcast video.


I'm going to show you how to make circle patterns with tie-dyeing.

I have two examples that I want to show you. In this one I followed a pattern to position my circles, so you can see I have this swirly line that I created with my circles. I

n this one over here I sort of just placed them randomly. I'm going to show you how to make the circles but then the way that you apply the circles is totally up to you and you can follow your creativity.

To make the circles you have several options. The most basic one is just simply pinch the fabric and, using a rubber band or a piece of string, just tie it pretty tight. The place where I'm putting the rubber band won't get dyed and that will create a somehow uneven circle or shape.

If you wanted your circle to be really even, then you can use something with a circular section such as a button or a quarter coin, or even a chickpea or a marble and you would place it under your fabric like this, and then you gather the fabric around. Kind of like making it trapped inside of a pocket. And then again, using a rubber band, or a string, you would tie it around it as tight as you can because the rubber band is what's making the resist for the dye to get in.

Using these you'll get more of this effect, where you have a really neat circular section. And you can even play with different sizes. You can have big circles and small circles. For instance, if I wanted to make a really big circle just by pinching it, I would pinch in the same way, and then, instead of putting my rubber band really close to the tip of the pinch, I would just put it here in the bottom and then I would have a huge circular section created by this. So I'm going to do that also.

And always remember to have your rubber bands as tight as possible because that is really the only thing that is working here to make the circles. And if you get them too tight in the end you can always cut them and not have to bother with untying them.

So in this example I made a couple of ways you can do your circular shapes, and I'm going to dip it in a dye bath that I previously made, just by mixing the dye with a dye activator. And as usual, it will just stay here for one hour and then you can rinse it and you will be ready to go.

So this is how you make circular shapes using tie-dyeing.

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