How much dye powder and soda ash should I use?
The soda ash solution should be mixed at a strength of 1 cup to 4 litres of warm water and you should soak your fabric for at least 15 minutes. Then you can hand wring the fabric thoroughly or use the spin cycle (no rinse) on your washing machine.
Procion fibre reactive dyes are suitable for natural, cellulose fibres like cotton and will not work with synthetics like polyester.
The dyes need about half a teaspoon of dye powder to 200ml of water. This ratio can be adjusted depending on the strength and vibrancy of colour that you’re after (less powder for pastels, more powder for deeper colours). Dark Black requires about 3x this amount.
Once the powdered dyes are mixed with water, the colours will start to lose their vibrancy and it's recommended that you use them up within 48 hours of mixing. Keeping them cold will help prolong their life, although please store them away from food.
Are your dyes safe for babies and children?
The procion dyes come in a fine powdered form, which like any powder, can cause respiratory issues if inhaled. We recommend using a dust mask and gloves (both included in our tie dye kits) or respirator (what we use for our frequent dealings with the powdered dyes) when handling the powdered dyes. Once they are dissolved in water, they are harmless unless consumed, which is why we always recommend mixing and storing your dyes well out of the reach of babies and children.
When the correct dyeing and washout process is followed, procion fibre reactive dyes form a permanent bond with the fibres in the fabric, meaning that they won't run in the wash or leach into children's mouths if they chew or suck on the dyed fabric. Some other types of dyes act more like a paint, in that they sit atop the fibres, never actually forming a permanent bond with them, making them a much less baby-safe option.
Can you come to our school/kinder/youth group/event to run a tie dye workshop?
We would love to, and the short answer is, "maybe!".
Send us a message here with the details of your event (date/time, number of children, age of children, etc), and we will be in touch soon!
Can you run a tie dye birthday party for my child?
See our answer to the question above ^^ and send us a message here for all the details and to check our availability.
I tried using your dyes but the colours aren't as vibrant as yours. Why not?
There are a few different variables that can affect the vibrancy of the colours, such as:
I suggest that you work through each of these steps and figure out where your problem is coming from and hopefully you'll improve your results!
Are your dyes environmentally safe?
As far as I have found from my research, the only issue with the environmental impact of procion dyes seems to be with the large amounts of water that are used in the washout process. Here at Sunny Daisy Tie Dye, we are very environmentally aware and we limit the amount of water needed in the washout as much as possible, as well as using a very water efficient washing machine.
Additionally, procion dyes are harmless to septic systems, and when spilled on the ground they lose their colour on the dirt within a few days, as they are broken down by soil microbes.