Popcorn dye technique by Crafty Chica.

Popcorn Dye Technique


OK, I didn’t actually use popcorn in the making of this shirt, but you’ll see in my video why I called it that name. It’s a traditional technique from Japan, but I gave it my own rubberband twist! It’s easy and the final look is spotty and fun!


Washed white shirt

Rubberbands, lots of them

Tulip One-Step Fabric Dye

Plastic gloves

Plastic table covering

Plastic bag

First work on the front of the shirt and add rubberbands on one side of the shirt. Tie each one three to four times so it is super tight. This will take a while, put on a movie or a podcast or something!
Now do the back side of the shirt. Soak the entire thing in water and blot dry.
Cover your work surface with a plastic table covering and put on the gloves.
Mix your dye according to the package directions (add water to the bottle and shake) and apply to the shirt. All over the place!
Make sure it is nice and soaked. Wrap it in a plastic bag and leave it to set for six hours, then rinse in the sink to remove as much as of the dye as possible. Then carefully cut away the rubber bands, rinse again and wash alone in cold water, hang dry. DONE!
Love & light,

3 Responses

  1. Useless! Wasted my time composing this reply and the prove-you’re -not-a-robot function doesn’t work with iPhone. Here is what I tried to share: Vanessa, do you have access to a mess if yellow onion skins? Boil them up and then dump in the object you wish to tie dye. Simmer a d stir for at least half an hour.

    You can tie with anything you have on hand. I took a traditional African indigo dye workshop where they used moistened straw. If you have that around, that’s pretty cheap.
    Good luck!

  2. Hi, Kathy, that top shirt is beautiful! I took a textile dying class years ago, but I can’t figure out how you got the background color gradation. Can you give me a clue? Thanks!

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