Beginner | 8 min 20 sec
Taught by Lesley Ware
Dyeing fabric with ice is like watching magic happen before your eyes. Lesley Ware, a maker and author of three books on sewing and fashion, takes you step-by-step through the fun and fascinating process of transforming a plain white T-shirt with dye. All you need are ice cubes and powdered dye to add a burst of color to your wardrobe and create interest with dynamic patterns.
Learn how to:
  • Upcycle an old shirt
  • Dye fabric with powder dye and ice

Chapters
Make an Ice-Dyed Top
01:05
00:59
06:16
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Powder fabric dye
  • Cotton t-shirt
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic gloves
  • Spoon
  • Draining rack
  • Plastic pan
  • Ice cubes
Discussion
Notes
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Transcript
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Dyeing fabric with ice is like watching magic happen before your eyes. Lesley Ware, a maker and author of three books on sewing and fashion, takes you step-by-step through the fun and fascinating process of transforming a plain white T-shirt with dye. All you need are ice cubes and powdered dye to add a burst of color to your wardrobe and create interest with dynamic patterns.
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