Craft: Make Your Own Tie Dye T-Shirt
Why not tie-dye a shirt? You can even tie-dye
aprons, shorts, placemats, napkins and other similar items. Tie-dying
is a fun and easy craft. Just remember to protect your work area before
you begin. The directions below use a shirt as an example.
What you need:
- White or light coloured 100% cotton t-shirt.
You can also tie-dye pillowcases, bandanas or anything else you
- Fabric dyes, any colour(s)
- Rubber bands
- Plastic sheet
- Bucket or bowl, you will need one each for
each colour you choose.
What you do:
- Ask your parents for permission to do this
- Protect your work area with plastic sheets.
If you don't have any, use plastic garbage bags.
- Wash your shirt in warm water to pre-shrink
- Mix your different colour dyes according
to the package directions. If you are only tie-dying one item,
you do not need to use all the dye solution. Make the dye solution
as light or as dark as you like.
- Crumple, fold, twist, knot or stitch the
shirt in any design you like, binding it tightly with elastic
bands. Wherever you bind the fabric no dye can penetrate.
- Immerse the shirt in the dye. If you are
using more than one colour, dip the various parts in the different
colours. Allow the shirt to soak up as much colour as you like.
If you like darker colours you will have to let the shirt soak
for a longer period.
- Once the shirt is dyed to your liking, allow
the shirt to dry for one to two days. Do not remove the elastics.
- Once the shirt is dry, remove the elastics
and gently re-wash it. Lay the shirt flat and allow it to dry.