Four simple techniques that can be used with children in class to create a tie n dye design:

  • Bull’s Eye or Sunburst design: Pull up a large section of fabric like a tee pee through both layers where you want the circle to be. The more you pull up, the larger the circle will be. Wrap rubber bands tightly around the fabric every 1″ to 2″ apart along the length of it. The more rubber bands, the more white areas there will be. The rubber bands create a resist and prevent the dye from going into those areas.
  • Small Circles: Pull up small sections of fabric through both layers all over the shirt and tie one rubber band tightly around each circle.
  • Scrunch or Marbleized Effect: Start at bottom of shirt and crumple up all the fabric into a ball. Wrap 5 to 7 rubber bands tightly around the ball in a crisscross pattern.