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How to tie-dye in 3..2..1!

Team StoryWeavers|December 11, 2020| 11

How dye-do tie-dying?

If you’re looking for a way to bid adieu to 2020 while having tonnes of fun, we have just the activity for you. Presenting the Tie-Dye DIY, where you colour a t-shirt or any other white garment of your choice into patterns as random, crazy and different as 2020. You can look at it a souvenir from 2020!

While reincarnation of human is a matter of fiction, but it can be a reality in the case of your old white t-shirt.  We guarantee you that with this DIY.

Tie-Dyed T-shirt 

For safety and accessibility reasons, we are limiting this DIY to just yellow colour, with the use of turmeric. You can experiment with other colours too if they’re available to you.  So if you don’t have a white t-shirt to spare, you can also take a black t-shirt and ti-dye it using bleach. You can easily find bleach in your use. It is advised to take the help of an adult while using bleach..

Did you know?

The scientific name of turmeric is curcuma longa. Apart from being used in food, turmeric is also known for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and dyeing properties.  In fact, turmeric has been used as a dyeing agent for a very long time. Archaeological evidence shows that dyeing with turmeric was a widespread industrial enterprise in India, Egypt and Mesopotamia around the third millennium BC. It is also used as a colouring agent in cheese, butter and other foods.  In the 1870s, chemists discovered turmeric’s orange-yellow root powder turned reddish-brown when exposed to alkalines.  This led to the development of turmeric paper, a variation of the litmus paper to test for alkalinity. It is also known as Curcuma paper.


So let’s gear up and begin dyeing right away, because any day is a good day to dye hard!

Materials required:

2 tbsp turmeric

1 cup salt

1 litre water

White cotton t-shirt/handkerchief/any other cotton garment of your choice

1 large pot

rubber bands 

Tie-Dye Patterns

Source: Pinterest


Swirl Tie-dye pattern



  1. Mix water, salt, and turmeric in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Then let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. While the mixture heats up, dampen your t-shirt by immersing it in water. Use rubber bands to make tie-dye designs (refer to the image to choose your style). The tighter you bind it, the more white there will be in the final shirt.
  3. Put the t-shirt in the dye (turmeric and salt mix)  and let it simmer for 45 minutes. 
  4. Stop heating the pot. Let the cotton fabric sit in the container for another hour. 
  5. Take out the cotton fabric from the pot. Drain the turmeric and saltwater. Now rinse the t-shirt with normal water.
  6. Let it dry and then set the colour into the t-shirt by pressing it with an iron.
  7. Now you can wash the t-shirt normally, but don’t wash it with any other clothes, as they may get unwanted stains from the dye.
  8. Your tie-dye t-shirt is ready! 


Source: delightedmomma

You can wear this reincarnated t-shirt of yours or even gift it to your friends and family. And the best part is how simple and amusing it is. “It’s virtually impossible to tie-dye incorrectly,” says textile artist Shabd Simon-Alexander, author of Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It. And just as the name of her book suggests we urge you to – dye it, wear it and share your Tie-Dye DIY experience with us in the comment section below!

About the Author

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Charu Verma

Charu, a feminist and an accidental writer, is yet to master the art of writing about herself. Always curious to learn new stuff, she ends up spending a lot of time unlearning the incorrect lessons. She enjoys all sorts of stories – real, fictional, new, old, hers and would love hearing yours too. Feel free to ping her at to share anything that you think is worth sharing.

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December 11, 2020


Parvathi Ajayakumar

December 12, 2020

That’s Wonderfull……..😀😀

Surashri Sinha.

December 13, 2020

This class is interesting


December 15, 2020



December 15, 2020

It was an amazing DIY


December 16, 2020


Nehal Pohane

December 17, 2020

Amazing 😎😯

Sampriti Das

December 18, 2020

Very useful..😊😊

Muskan bhatiya

December 24, 2020

Very nice

Akshita pandey

December 25, 2020

very nice


January 8, 2021

WOW! I tried it it’s looking amazing 👍😊


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