5 Cool Tie-Dye Folding Techniques

Tie-dye is a bright and colorful pattern made famous during the 1960s. Still popular today, you can tie-dye your own clothes to save money and make unique designs by using any one of the standard tie-dying techniques.

A significant part of tie-dying is the folding. How you fold your garment determines what type of color pattern you`ll get when you`re done. Try out different folding styles to create unique patterns for your tie-dyed clothes.



For knot tying, which is the basic form, you`ll need to hold the material at both ends and twist it into a rope. The rope is then tied into a knot that you should tighten, but be careful that you don`t damage the material. Make as many knots as you want for your pattern. You can use string or rubber bands to hold the knots in place and add thin lines to your finished patterns.



Spirals give a swirled look to your clothing. Start by laying the fabric on a flat surface and put your thumb and two fingers on the spot for the design`s center. Use the weight from your hand to hold the material steady as you twist. You`ll need to flatten the material with your free hand each time you twist so you don`t have folds popping up. Keep twisting until you almost have a “fat pancake” look to your fabric.

Use as many rubber bands as you can to keep the pancake together, intersecting the bands at the center without disturbing the fabric`s shape. If you`re going to immerse the fabric into the dye, just set the pancake into the bath and don`t stir.



Electric bunching is simple and will give you a wild pattern, but it works best on thinner fabrics. Simply gather the fabric into little bunches until it`s ball-shaped. Leave as much of the cloth`s surface exposed as you can and use rubber bands or strings to keep it together. When you put the ball into the dye bath, don`t stir. Turn it over occasionally instead.



Rosette is a circular pattern in which you`ll have small circles overlapping or touching in your finished product. Use a pencil to make little dots on the cloth in whatever pattern you choose. The dots will be the centers of your circles.

Using your thumb and forefinger, pick up each dot and move it to your other hand. Use rubber bands or strings tightly around the base of the circles and wrap to the tip and back. Your ties must be tight to get the correct pattern.



Roll your fabric into a loose tube, from bottom to top. Tie into spots you want stripes to run down. You`ll need to loop rubber bands around the tube or use string and knot before immersing in dye or squirting your color on.

Use your imagination to create different styles using folding techniques and different color dyes available on the market today. Informational providers, accessed when you these guys, have dye hints and other useful advice available.

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Interesting Facts about Motley Crue

Motley Crue, an American heavy metal band that rose to fame in the 1980s, formed in Los Angeles in 1981. Lead singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Nikki Sixx and lead guitarist Mick Mars took the music scene by storm, with number one hit albums such as “Dr. Feelgood” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The band was almost as famous for the hard partying lifestyles of the members as it was for the music, making for some interesting facts.

Motley Crue

The First Singer

The first singer of Motley Crue was a man known as O`Dean. Nikki, Mick and Tommy, while the band was still nameless, decided they didn`t care for his vocal pitch or his refusal to work well with the other band members. When they fired him, Mick recommended the lead singer of Rockandi, Vince Neil.

Mottley Cru

Mick`s first band name suggestion was “Mottley Cru,” something he`d seen and jotted down. Nikki Sixx liked the name but not the spelling, changing it to “Motley Crue.”

June 6, 1981

The sixth of June in 1981 was the band`s first official gig together, at the Troubadour. They set a record for attendance and Vince Neil learned a few things from David Lee Roth of Van Halen, who liked the band and took the time to offer some industry insight.

Coffman`s Fines

Determined to make the band a professional hit, manager Allan Coffman imposed a fine system in July of 1981. Any unprofessional behavior merited a fine, such as $20 if a member showed up to a rehearsal with a hangover.

Stephen Pearcy

Stephen Pearcy, singer of another popular 1980s band, Ratt, was offered the job as lead singer by Nikki Sixx in late 1981. Sixx was frustrated with Vince Neil, especially after Neil refused to wear a Santa suit he had made for a Christmas show at the Country Club.


While many people associated the Crue members with tattoos, singer Vince Neil didn`t get one until 1982. His first of many designs is a snake with a music note.

Weight Loss

By 1983, Motley Crue had new management. Doug Thaler, part of the new team, visited the members weeks prior to their tour as an opening act for Kiss. Thaler recommended they lose about 20 pounds each to be in better shape for the tour. Each member lost at least 10 pounds when Thaler returned a couple of weeks later.

Kiss Tour

Motley Crue only opened for Kiss for five shows before they were kicked off the tour by Gene Simmons of Kiss. Reportedly, Simmons was unhappy with the band`s behavior, but Doug Thaler believed it was because the band was outshining Kiss.


In 1984, Motley Crue toured with legend, Ozzy Osbourne, who took an instant liking to the band and was often seen partying with them.

Shout at the Devil

The 1984 album, Shout at the Devil became the band`s first platinum album, with over a million copies sold.

Motley Crue was also known for their wild looks, which often involved mixing biker style clothes, such as Hurley Clothes and more glam rock elements. As the music scene changed, the glam elements, such as makeup, were dropped.

Bonus: Motley Crue – Live at Glen Helen Regional Park, USA 1983 [Full Concert]