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Announcement    Welcome to my little tie dye shop by the sea! All of my wares are tied and hand dyed by me. Please follow me on Facebook at This Old Mermaid and on Instagram at This_Old_Mermaid


Last updated on Jul 16, 2019

Welcome to my little tie dye shop by the sea! All of my wares are tied and hand dyed by me. Please follow me on Facebook at This Old Mermaid and on Instagram at This_Old_Mermaid


Jani Kulesa

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Jani Kulesa


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About ThisOldMermaid

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Creating wearable art with tie dye is a 10+ step process!!! WHO KNEW?!

Well.....I didn't when I had the bright idea to learn how to tie dye back in 2012!! The journey to achieving the desired outcome has been both inspiring and FRUSTRATING AS HELL!!! It takes PRACTICE (which I have never been a fan of) and PATIENCE, which I lack but I'm learning.

Soooooooooo.....are you ready to learn the process?

Step 1: Buy the stuff. Preferably white and of natural fiber such as cotton, linen, rayon, silk, etc.

Step 2: Pre wash everything in a textile detergent to remove grease, chemicals, and other things that will interfere with the dye adhering to the fabric and giving you the desired color outcome

Step 3: Soak all the stuff in a solution of soda ash and water for 20 minutes- this step is CRUCIAL if you are using Procion dye. The dye will not adhere to the fabric without this step

Step 4: Once you remove the fabric from the soda ash solution, spin it out on the spin cycle in the washer

Step 5: Fold and tie the fabric using rubber bands, sinew, kite string, hemostats, etc...

Step 6: Wait for the fabric to dry.....wet fabric will not absorb the die!

Step 7: Apply the dye. I use a method called Ice dying where I actually put the dye powder directly onto the fabric with various size paint brushes and a small spoon and then layer ice on top. Many dyers will mix the dye powder with distilled water and apply the liquid dye to the fabric with squirt bottles. The results are completely different.

Step 8: WAIT.....24 hours! I know,...this part sucks but it is another CRUCIAL step!

Step 9: Untie and unfold everything while rinsing with cold, then hot, water and blue Dawn dish detergent. THIS PART IS SUPER ANNOYING AS IT IS DONE BY HAND....lots of wringing and re-rinsing until the water runs mostly clear. You want to get as much dye out before you throw it into the washer so that your customers don't become smurfs after the first wearing.

Step 10: Wash the fabric on the HOTTEST LONGEST setting your washing machine has. Mine is called "sanitary" and runs for 2 hours. You MUST use a professional textile detergent to ensure all the dye detaches from the fabric. Nothing worse than a customer telling you that his entire wash was ruined because your wash out wasn't complete.

Step 10: Dry as appropriate for that particular fabric.

Shop members

  • Jani Kulesa

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    By day I'm a Hospice Nurse and/or a School Counselor (depending on the day). By night I'm an artist, ukulele player, yogi, dancer, wierdo, and a mermaid!

Shop policies

Last updated on July 16, 2019
Welcome to my little tie dye business by the sea! I will gladly create a custom order however keep in mind that all tie dyed items are unique and an exact pattern can not be guaranteed. The good news is, every item you buy from me is ONE OF A KIND! Yahoooooo!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Refunds are gladly accommodated within 14 days as long as the item has not been worn and is in original condition. Buyer pays return shipping and a full refund will be credited upon receipt..
Paypal Preferred
I typically ship within 1-2 business days, USPS ground shipping.