Ice dying

 Tie dying is so fun and makes a project unique and different. There are no rules to dying. This is just one way you can do it. 



•Cotton based fabric (mine is from Run Amok) 

•Soda ash or Super washing soda (I use super washing soda because it is cheaper and I can pick it up at my local Walmart over by the laundry detergent) 

•Tie dye (I used Dylon which I got from Joann’s. At the bottom of the blog I talk about the colors I used) 

•Old tupperwear/bins/racks (I use old tupperwear and bins that I won’t be using anymore for food etc. I have seen great success with racks I don’t use them because I like the fabric immersed in the dyed water to help spread it) 

•Old spoon (I use a spoon you can use a salt shaker or whatever you desire) 

•Trash bag/store bag 



STEP ONE:  (optional)

I begin by washing and drying all my fabric. I have done it without washing and drying and the dyeing portion comes out the same. I plan to cut my pattern out to avoid shrinking later I washed first this time.


STEP TWO: (optional) 

After washing and drying the fabric I am going to cut my pattern pieces out. You can cut out your pattern pieces or you can dye the whole piece of fabric. 

There are pros to both ways it is preference. 

A pro to cutting out the pattern is you will have left over fabric you can use white or dye later another color. 

A pro to not cutting is you will get a more uniform dye so your seems will probably match up a lot better and you will have dyed scraps that can be used for lots of other projects.




Fill up your sink or a deep pan with hot water and put in your super washing soda I just dump some in until the water gets a little foggy. Now put your fabric in that you plan to dye and let soak for 30min to an hour. 



After your fabric has soaked for 30mins to an hour take it out and wring it until there is no water coming out. You can also put it in the washer and set to spin cycle to get the excess water out. 



In a tote, tupperwear, rack, or whatever you choose to put your fabric on or in place your fabric in and crinkle it tight.

Search #ratiedyeblog for a small video on how crinkle the fabric and apply the dye.




Now that you have your fabric set up comes the fun part. I pick a color to start with and with my spoon I dip into the dry powder and sprinkle where I want that color to be. If doing a rainbow I start with red at the top and go down with the colors of the rainbow. If I am doing a galaxy style I take my one color and sprinkle it in different spots I want that color to be and then do the same with the next color. This part is very important some colors do not mix well together and can make it look dirty. Because we are putting ice on it that will spread the colors so we don’t need any of the colors to be touching when we sprinkle it on. A little dye goes a long way when ice dying.


Applying the dry powder to the fabric first can cause some spots if this bothers you then you can apply the ice first then the dye. 

I don’t mind the dots and I feel I have more control of where the color goes this way. 



Once you have your dye down then you apply a thin layer of ice to the top about one ice thick acrossed the whole tupperwear. 



Place your totes/tupperwear in your trash bag or store bag and tie it tightly closed. 



Wait 24/48 hours. I usually do mine in the morning then the next day or two after I can rinse. 



Bringing your tupperwear to the sink carefully dump out your dye and water. Turn the water to cold and rinse until clear. Once clear turn your water a little warmer and rinse until clear. Keep turning your water warmer until it is hot and rinses clear. 



Put all your rinsed fabric in the washer with some detergent. If washing a lot of different tie dyed pieces together put in a color catcher. Do not wash with other clothes/items you do not want dye to get on. 



Throw them in the dryer! We are almost done!! 



Take it out and pat yourself on the back for all your hard work. 

If you precut you can sew it up right away. 

If you didn’t precut you can cut it now or put it on your shelf for future projects.


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OPPS Didn’t love how it turned out? Don’t stress we can dye it again!! 


I didn’t love the red stripes as it wasn’t as orange as I was wanting and a lot of the water had drained out so the dye didn’t spread well. 



Go ahead and repeat the steps as above but this time we just have to be carful of color placement because you don’t want it to turn out muddy looking I repeated the steps and stuck to the yellow and orange I did before however, this time I added more ice and put them in a tupperwear that didn’t have holes on the sides so the water couldn’t drain out. 



•Rainbow stripe grow romper. Pattern by Appletree patterns. Size 3-6T

For this romper I used

Tulip red (I find this red pulls very pink and it more noticeable on its own or next to blue or purple)

Goldfish orange (I love this orange) 

sunflower yellow (Nice bright yellow) 

Tropical green (My go to green) 

Jean blue (If you want a true blue color stick to this one the other ones seem to pull purple or turquoise) 

violet (This purple is a great dark purple and has pulled pretty consistent) 

•Orange and red stripe pants. Pattern by brindle and twig drawstring leggings size 5/6

For these leggings I used

Goldfish orange 


sunflower yellow 

•Potion bottle stuffy. Pattern by BeeZee Art 

For this “love” potion bottle I used 

Tulip red (this shows how pink it can pull) 



•Cord fabric was died to use as cuffs/appliqués.

For this amazing fabric I used

Bahama blue (That is the turquoise color) 

Ocean blue (this one pulls very purple however it is a lighter purple then the violet dye so when I want purple but not super dark I use the ocean blue) 

Jean blue (the very dark spots are the jean blue, this is also a great alternative to black not as dark but gives that galaxy feel)