Tie Dye Like a Pro Workshop

Learn how to fold three classic patterns (spiral, stripes, and circles)
and apply vibrant, professional dyes on your own garments
so you can proudly wear what you’ve made!

What Students Will Learn

Students will leave the class knowing how to:

  • Select garments and materials for tie dye
  • Prepare cloth for dye 
  • Fold garments to make various patterns like stripes, spirals or circles
  • Apply liquid dye to saturate the garment
  • Rinse and wash out clothing
  • Source their own supplies

“Thank YOU! The tie dye workshop was great, and our kids had a lot of fun.”

Jacob Zvolanek, Family Ministry Director, Faith Presbyterian Church

Who This Class is For

Complete beginners without any experience will thrive in this class, but artists with experience in other art mediums will also learn a new artform. Students should feel comfortable working with their hands, sitting and standing, rolling up and squeezing out wet fabric, wearing gloves, bending and stooping into bins. The dye will stain clothing, students may want to bring an apron or wear already beat up clothing. This class is appropriate for all ages.

Class Overview

  • Introductions & Overview
  • Throw your garments into the pre-soak
  • What fabrics, dyes, and designs work best
  • Examples and types of folds
  • Demonstration of folds and applying dye
  • Find your garments and start folding and applying dyes
  • Troubleshooting
  • Tagging and bagging your garments

Time Commitment

The class runs for up to 2 hours with a flexible break in the middle as needed. Students will create their own tie dye garments. Students should bring at least two natural fiber garments but may bring as many as five as time and supply allows. No sheets or towels please.

What’s Included & Needed

Students will leave the class with two to five tie dyed garments that they make in class. The garments will be bagged, still wet, with rinse out instructions. Teacher will provide 5 to 7 colors of mixed dye in squeeze bottles, the garment presoak, extra garments for examples, fold design diagrams for reference.

Additional supplies that are needed include rubber bands and string for tying, gloves, zip lock bags, plastic table cloths, clean up supplies, liquid-absorbing pads (puppy pads) to work on, and printed handouts with instructions, examples, supply lists and resources. We can decide who sources these items.

The 2 hour workshop with hands-on instruction and take home materials and tools requires a minimum of 8 attendees and a maximum of 30 per workshop.

Venue Requirements

This workshop is best done outdoors over grass or dirt. Numerous 6-8 foot tables are needed, about 2-4 people can fit at a table. The dye will stain the tables so plastic table cloths are recommended. A few trash cans and access to a sink or hose is required.

Schedule a workshop

If this sounds like the right workshop for you, yey! Let’s talk!

We can discuss the needs of your group; timing, facilities, registrations, options, and budget. I’ll need at least a week to prepare materials for your event. Once we come to an agreement, I’ll put it all in writing and hold the dates on my calendar for you.

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