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How to Make a Tie Dye Box Pattern

Learn how to make a tie dye box pattern in this Howcast video.


I'm going to show you how to make a box pattern using tie dye. This is an example of what you can make. You can see how neat it looks and it's a great technique to use on shirts and bags and it looks really complicated and it's actually really easy. So again, it's a folding technique, so we want to fold our fabric in an accordion way, so back and forth.

And with these accordions that I just did, I pretty much built one set of stripes, so now I want to build the other one to create the grid-looking pattern. So I'm going to fold it into squares and the bigger that I make my squares or I imagine if I don't make them a square, if I transform them into a rectangle, that means instead of a square in my pattern, I'll have a rectangle. So I'm going to like pretty much copy what I did in these examples, so you can understand.

So I'm going to fold it into tiny squares always accordion folding to the back and to the front, until I run out of fabric and all I have left is a small square. Because I'm going to dunk it into a dye bath, I'm going to put some rubber bands around it to just keep it in place, because otherwise all these folds would unfold as soon as they touch the dye bath. So this is it. You see that all the lines that form the grids are in here.

The front and the back will get dyed and that will be a square here and in the corner too. If you want to avoid that you could find a square piece of wood or plexi-glass and just put one in the front and the other one in the back, and then just sandwich it using clamps or rubber bands. Then you would be protecting the front and the back, and you would actually have a grid without any full square like I have.

Sometimes I'll leave it open, because I like the full squares appearing in the pattern, so this is what we are going to do this time. So it's ready to go. I'm going to dunk it into my dye bath, just made by mixing some dye and dye activator and it's going to stay in there for about an hour. After that we can remove it and rinse it. This is a simple way of how you can do a box pattern using tie dye.

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