Ah ice dyeing!  Of all the dyeing techniques out there, this one might be my favorite!  It’s perfect for anyone who’s never dyed anything before.  There’s no specialty equipment needed and you won’t have to worry about scalding hot dyes.  And when you’re done, you’ll have a length of fabric covered with beautiful watercolor designs.  It’s literally win win win.

By the end of this mini course I want you to:


Before we get into how to dye with ice, let’s talk about the supplies you’ll need.  The cool thing (ha!) about ice dye is that it’s a lot less messy and more improvisational than some other dyeing methods.  With the exception of the dyes, you probably already have most of what you need.

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  • Watch the video at least once to get the process down
  • Try it out for yourself.
  • Note: though I try not to apply the powder to the fabric, it will happen whether you’re dyeing flat or folding it over on itself.  Just note that it will create the more speckled patterns vs. the more watercolored effects.  You might like that!
  • I’d love to see what you create!  You can tag me on Instagram @elizabethmadethis or email me: elizabethmadethis at


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Re: dyeing in a bathtub as a winter option for ice dyeing: the dye is pretty diluted, but you will need to scrub it out to remove any color on the tub.  Bleach, bleach crystals, or a soft scrub cleaner all work really well.

If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out: elizabethmadethis at

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Homework: make something fabulous with your ice dyed fabric!

Tutorials to check out: Stitch up an ice dyed pillow:

Sew a lace applique t-shirt:

How to make an upcycled denim skirt from old jeans: