Time Required :
Over an hour
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

tie-dye socks

Add some unique bursts of color to your socks with this easy DIY project. If you haven’t heard, tie-dye is back! So why not extend the trend to everything you own? Rock these trippy prints from the festival grounds to all around town.
Step 1

Prewash socks in warm, soapy water and leave wet. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
TIP: Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.

Step 2

Lay socks out on a flat surface. Pleat socks.

Step 3

Wrap rubber bands tightly around the socks at various points. The rubber bands act as a resist and creates white spaces. The more rubber bands you use and the tighter they are wrapped, the whiter space there will be.
TIP: If you want more control where the dye goes, apply the dye with squirt bottles. However, you could also create a dye-bath in a plastic container.

Step 4

Wearing rubber gloves mix ½ cup of well-shaken liquid dye with two cups of hot tap water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt. Pour into a squirt bottle. Shake well. Repeat for each color.

Step 5

Place socks on baking rack with a tray under it. This keeps the dye from puddling under the fabric. Squeeze dye in between rubber bands.

Step 6

To help set the dye, use your microwave. Wrap the dyed socks in plastic wrap and seal the edges. Place the wrapped socks on a paper towel in the microwave and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Plastic will puff up, creating a heat chamber that helps bond the dye with the fabric. Once the microwave is done, remove the socks and open the plastic, letting it cool down.

Step 7

Before removing the rubber bands, use Rit® ColorStay Dye Fixative on the socks. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow package instructions.

Step 8
Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

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