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Tie DIY FAQ:
There’s a couple reasons your colors might be blending too much. First, you’re giving the dye too much time to set. After you apply the dye, wrap it in plastic or put it in a plastic bag and allow it to set for about 30 to 60 minutes. Then cut the bands and hang the project up to dry. Once the product is completely dry, heat-set the project in a dryer for 25 minutes before washing. The second reason your colors might be blending is because you’re using too much dye on your projects. Our dyes are heavily pigmented so only a small amount is required for full coverage. The third reason your colors might be blending too much is that you’re working with a completely wet material. Dyes tend to move more when applied to wet projects, or not move enough when applied to dry projects. We recommend misting your projects with a spray bottle, then adding your dye for a traditional tie-dye style.
Our dyes work best on damp, not wet, materials. Wash and dry your project before beginning to release the factory chemicals for a better hold from the dye. Then mist your project with a spray bottle and apply the dye. After you apply the dye, wrap it in plastic or put it in a plastic bag and let it set for 30 to 60 minutes, then cut the bands and hang it up to dry. Once it’s completely dry, heat-set your project in a dryer for 25 minutes before washing it. Letting your project set in the dryer is a very important step! This should ensure a well set design.
Since our dyes are heavily pigmented, less is sometimes more. If you want to keep your colors separated with white space where you’ve placed your bands, use less and only allow your projects to set in a plastic bag for about 30 to 60 minutes. If you want your colors to blend into each other a bit more, use a little more dye and let your projects set for longer before cutting the bands and hanging it up to dry.
Heat-setting is using a heat source such as a dryer to help dyes set into the fibers of your projects. Using a dryer creates a dry heat environment for the fibers of your projects to soak up all the dye that you used so that the designs remain even after you wash your projects. That’s why heat-setting is such an important step.
The longer you let your color set, the more integrated the colors will become. We recommend letting your project set for 30 to 60 minutes, then removing the bands and hanging up your project to air dry. Once your project is completely dry, throw it in a dryer for 25 minutes to let the color really set in before you wash it.
After doing a little experimenting of our own, we’ve found that our dyes work on just about everything! Try using materials like cotton, polyester, rayon, and more.

1. Pre-wash and dry your project, then mist it with a spray bottle
2. Tie it with bands in the desired pattern
3. Shake the dye bottle well. Apply the dye directly to the project. A little goes a long way!
4. Wrap your project in plastic or put it in a plastic bag. Allow it to set for 30 to 60 minutes
5. Remove your project from the plastic, then carefully cut the bands. Hang your project up and allow it to air dry completely
6. Once completely dry, heat set the project in a dryer for 25 minutes
7. Wash and dry your project with laundry detergent on a regular cycle and enjoy!