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Batik Tie Dye Technique


Add a batik pattern to a shirt or other fabric with this tie-dye tutorial from I Love to Create. This tutorial uses household materials, such as a fork, to create the unique batik design.

Before beginning this project, read the instructions for the Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye or Tulip Permanent Fabric Dye.  Refer back to them for standard steps.


Batik 1

Create batik design

Prewash shirt to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth. Insert shirtboard or coated cardboard between shirt layers. 

Stamp or draw designs desired.  We used the tines of a fork and a spray bottle top to stamp the circles and a pencil eraser for the dots in the circles. The resist should penetrate the fibers so that it blocks the dye.  It can be thinned slightly with a few drops of water. 

Practice first on paper towels.  Let the resist dry thoroughly.

Batik 2

Mix dyes and begin to apply dye

Add warm water to fill the bottles of dye and shake to mix.  Dilute each dye to half-strength.  We used spray tops on our bottles.

We sprayed the back of the shirt first with Orange and Fuchsia.


Apply dye to the design

Wipe the excess dye off the plastic-covered work surface and turn the shirt over. 

Spray Fuchsia and Orange dye on the front of the shirt.

 Batik 4  

Continue to apply dye

Continue to apply dye until the shirt is completely covered.  Do not over saturate fabric.

Cover fabric with plastic. Let set 4 to 6 hours. The resist will gradually melt away.  Fill washer to large load setting with hottest water suitable for fabric and a small amount of non-bleach laundry detergent. Wash and dry separately.












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