This is the final of the 3 gift ideas I promised you on the run up to Christmas. I get a lot of questions about tie dying, its pretty straight forward but can also be a disaster. So here is my tutorial with TOP TIPS along the way to help you achieve better results... let's go!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Dylon Dye sachets (not the machine wash ones) in one or a selection of colours - I like to colour mix to get a more professional look.
  • COTTON socks - whaever you choose to dye, go for the highest pecentage of cotton mix as you can for best results.
  • SALT - 1kg is optimal - this sounds exsesive but is the first TOP TIP when dying.
  • Elastic bands.
  • a Pyrex jug or mixing bowl big enough to hold 4 pais of socks.
  • Pyrex dish
  • Kitchen Towel - always handy for spills and also for colour testing.
  • empty condiment bottles - I actually use hair dye bottles I've saved.
  • Rubber gloves
  • spoons.

Let's start with the sock gift set ... It's super easy to create up to 4 different looks using one pot of dye...

Step 1:

Fill a bucket with approx 5 litres of cold water and add 1kg of salt. Table salt is absolutely fine. This is the first TOP TIP I every learnt when tie dying - there is no such thing as too much salt. Stir the salt in the water as far as you can, you may find that you cant disolve all of it and that is fine.

STEP 2:

Put the socks (or whatever you choose to tie dye) into the slat water and submerge fully, making sure that the fabric is completely saturated.

STEP 3:

Leave your fabric to soak for a minimum of 30 mins - use this time to prepare your dying area. Cover all surfaces, get your jugs, dishes, spoons and dye at the ready. When you have allowed enough time for your fabric to soak, squeeze out your socks (or pop on a SPIN ONLY cycle in your washing machine at 1200), the socks need to be damp but not dripping.

Step 4:

In a large jug or mixing bowl, mix up the colour dye. For 4 pairs of socks you will need approx 2 table spoons of powdered dye. Add up to approx 1/3 pt of cold water and stir until the dye is fully mixed.

STEP 5:

Take your Pyrex dish or a bowl and scrunch up one pair of your socks reasonably tightly. Pour some of the dye mix over the socks until they are completely covered. TOP TIP - pour away any excess dye back into your jug.

STEP 6:

Top your jug up with water. Take your 2nd pair of socks and starting at the toe, concertina the sock up. Take 2 or more elastic bands and wrap the TIGHTLY around each sock. Place the socks into the jug making sure they are completely covered.

STEP 7:

Block Ombre Effect: quickly dip the sock into the dye then hang the tops over the side of the jug.

White to Colour Ombre Effect: leaving the top of the sock out of the dye, use a spoon to submerge the bottom of the sock into the dye and fold the top of the sock of the rim of the jug like below.

Step 8:

PATIENCE! - If you can it's best to leave your socks to dye overnight, if you are in a rush then leave them for a minimum of 2 hrs before rinsing them out.

Step 9:

Rinse your tie dye out under running water until the water runs clear. Then pop them in the wash on a cold quick cycle to get the colours to really pop.

RAINBOW Couples Gift Set:

Here's a cute idea for friends and family, why not make matching sets of socks? His and His, Hers and Hers, His and Hers? - OR pop a pair in a Christmas Cracker for a really fun gift idea.

Step 1:

Prepare your socks as above.

Step 2:

in bottles mix up your colours. The less dye you use the more pastel the shade will be. - TOP TIP - Try mixing colours to get the right shade, just as you would paints or water colours. Remember your colour wheel to avoid mixing colours that end up sludgy (unless thats the effect you want).

step 3:

in a dish individually scrunch up your socks one at a time - DO NOT PAIR THEM TOGETHER, THE DYE WILL NOT GO THROUGH 2 AT A TIME.

Step 4:

Take your mixed bottles and run stripes of colour along tge socks.

Step 5:

Now top your bottles back up with water and fill in the gaps, making sure to use as much of the dye as you can in the bottles. Ideally you dont want to be able to see any white fabric. 

Step 6:

PATIENCE! - If you can it's best to leave your socks to dye overnight, if you are in a rush then leave them for a minimum of 2 hrs before rinsing them out.

Step 7:

Rinse your tie dye out under running water until the water runs clear. Then pop them in the wash on a cold quick cycle to get the colours to really pop.