Sunday, July 21, 2013

how to tie-dye a fish scales pattern

what you need:
  • a plastic bag to cover your working area
  • rubber bands
  • gloves
  • a shirt
  • tie-dye and a bottle with a nozzle
  • soda ash (optional)
  • a marker that will wash off

what you do:
  • soak your shirt in soda ash; this step is completely optional but it will really help to keep the color from fading
  • cover the bottom of your bottle with tie-dye powder, about 3 mm high
  • add salt and fill the bottle up with hot water
  • PLEASE check the instructions on your tie-dye packaging to know how to mix it, how long it needs to sit and how to wash it! It might differ from what I was doing here!
  • give it a really good shake so the powder and salt dissolve
  • now, start out with a damp shirt
  • fold it in half and then in half again; you can also fold it in thirds or in even smaller parts than I did, this is entirely up to you and how large you want the scales to be
  • take the marker and draw ramp-ish lines or quarters of a circle, however you want to call it
  • then fold your shirt along these lines; you should have a straight line on top of the folds
  • seal that in with a rubber band
  • go on like that throughout your whole shirt
  • take your bottle and dye the parts where the rubber bands are
  • you might have to go over them a couple of times, just to be sure
  • turn it over and do the same thing on the other side
  • let that whole thing sit for about 20 minutes
  • remove the rubber bands and rinse your shirt under cold water until the water runs clear
  • let it dry and you're done! :)


  1. i did it and it came out really nice

  2. I did this on some fabric for a pencil case I'm making. :)