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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Tie Dye Bandanas

Each student needs:

  • unbleached muslin
  • commercial dye


  1. Purchase unbleached muslin at a fabric store. If possible, buy the end of a bolt, and bring it to class so students can see what a bolt of cloth looks like. Purchase commercial dye, and follow the instructions on the package.
  2. Tear the cloth into bandana-sized squares to tie-dye.
  3. The cloth may be knotted, rolled, twisted, folded, or bunched.
  4. Tie the cloth as tightly as possible so the dye will not soak inside.
  5. Dip the cloth into the dye, and stir gently. The longer you leave the cloth in the dye, the darker the color.
  6. Take the cloth out of the dye, and rinse it thoroughly in cold water.
  7. Untie the cloth, and rinse again.
  8. Squeeze out the excess water, and drain the cloth on newsprint that has been spread flat.
  9. Display screations, using clothes pins and clothes line stretched along the hallway or across the classroom.