Microwaved Tie Dye Pillowcases With Firecracker Technique
As I am VERY impatient so I had to do something about waiting 6-8 hours (or sometimes 12 hours) to see my tie dye creating and how it turned out. I managed to save the time by placing the tie dye in the microwave for 2 minutes! Same results as waiting.
First, I followed the regular steps for tie dye. I started by rising my pillowcases and squeezing all the excessive water out, leaving it damp.
Then, I "pinched" the fabric in, random in size.
Until I reached the end of the pillowcase.
I added a rubber band 9" from the edge of the pillowcase, and made sure that the band is as tight as possible.
I repeated the same step on the other end
Until I had something that looked like a wrapped candy
I followed the same steps and made the other pillowcase in the same technique
I stopped to make sure that the edges are in the same length
Once I was happy with it, I gloved up!
I added water to the powdered dye and placed the pillowcases in the sink. Only because it is the easiest to clean, and no dye will stuck on it.
I shook it well to make sure no powder is left at the bottom of the bottle
Then, I added the orange dye to the slightly wet fabric only on one of the edges.
I tried to make it the same for both pillow cases to create a sense of unity.
To the other end I added red dye.
Unfortunately, I did not shake it well enough and it left spots of dye on the fabric
Once I was happy with the dye, I immediately put it in a microwave safe container, one by one,
And placed it in the microwave (pardon the unremovable stains in my microwave!), not completely closed, leaving one edge open
After 2 minutes on full power, the box was steamy and very hot to touch. I left it to cool down for 20 minutes or so, until it was cold enough to touch.
I repeated the same step with the microwave container with the second pillowcase.
Then, I washed it under running water, removing all the excessive colour,
until the water were crystal again.
only then I untied the rubber band to admire my creating in under an hour!
I let it dry completely before placing it in the washing machine. It went it for a cold quick cycle, by itself.
From the washer to the dryer, and this is what came out.
A bit too wrinkled to my taste, so I ironed it before going to sleep...
Good night :)