Tie Dying T-Shirts

TIE DYING – T-SHIRTS ETC.

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No matter what brand of dye you use there are a few items you will definitely need. The first thing you need is the item you wish to dye. The most common item is a t-shirt, but you can dye just about anything (shirt, pants, socks, handkerchief, pillowcase, sheets, curtains, tablecloth, etc). You just need to make sure is at least 60% cotton or another dyeable fiber.

You also need rubber bands or string to tie up the item you will be dyeing. After all, the tying is what makes all of the cool, one-of-a-kind designs! We will cover different ways you can fold and tie your items on the 'Our Projects' page.

After the tying comes the dyeing. When it comes to dye, you have a few options (some listed on the Tie-Dye Category page). For Our Projects, we used RIT brand dye for three reasons: 1) I have used it before with much success, 2) It was readily available, and 3) Each color cost us less than $3.

Here is a list of other supplies you may need:

Remember, these items are listed just to give you an idea of what you may need. Read the package your dye came in to see which supplies you will definitely need. Gather together your supplies and let's get on with the tying and dyeing!

 

 


TO MAKE THIS T-SHIRT BELOW.

 

Finished Product example            Stuff you need

 

Prepare your work surface.          Prepare your item. Wash before Tie dying

incase it has Starch in.

 

 

 

Grab the T-shirt in the middle and tie an elastic band around the tip.

 

 

 


Here are some basic directions for tie-dyeing along with some helpful hints and tips.

1.    Before you dye your item, you should wash it to remove any sizing from the manufacturer or anything else that may have gotten on it.

2.    Decide what sort of design you want your finished project to have. For some tying ideas, check out the photos of our projects which include step-by-step tying directions.

3.    Lay your shirt or other item out flat first and then fold and tie as desired.

4.    Cover your work area so the dye doesn't stain it. I covered ours by laying down a few large garbage bags and then put newspaper on top of that.

5.    Prepare your dye as directed by the manufacturer. You should carefully follow all instructions. While preparing the dye and dyeing your item, you should wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from staining and the hot water.

6.    Pre-treat your item if necessary. With some dyes you will have to soak it in soda ash and with others, like RIT, you simply need to dip it in hot water.

7.    Start dyeing! It is usually best to start with the lightest colour if you are using more than one colour. Rinse or wait between colours as directed by the manufacturer. Make sure to follow all directions carefully when it comes to dyeing and rinsing your items. Some dyes require you to rinse immediately and others require you to let the item sit for at least 24 hours.

8.    When your dyeing is complete, make sure to clean all containers immediately with hot water and soap or cleanser.

9.    Be careful washing your tie-dyed items! Most should always be washed in cold water. The first few times they are washed, they might bleed, so wash them with like colours or alone.

Again, the exact directions you follow will vary depending on what brand of dye you use. Read all instructions and precautions carefully.

There is one thing you should remember while you tie-dye no matter what brand of dye you use: There is not a wrong or right way to do this! Every tie-dyed item will turn out different no matter what technique and colours you use. Check out the pictures of our projects and have fun creating your own!

 

 

 

 


SPIRAL DESIGN

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOURFUL TIE DYE DESIGN T-SHIRT

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

Finally, I sprayed red "stripes" on the shirt. As with the blue, I wish I had been more generous with the red, but I still like it! Again, remember to flip over your shirt and paint the other side.

Leave the shirt alone now until it is dry enough to handle. Unfold the t-shirt and hang it up to set and dry for about 24 hours.

Now, your shirt is ready to wear


MARBLED TIE-DYE T-SHIRT

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Tie several Rubber bands around the t-shirt.

 

Once you have your shirt tied how you want it, it is time to dye it.

Of course, the supplies needed and the directions for dyeing your shirt will depend on the dye you are using. As I said previously, we used RIT Powder dye to make this shirt.

I first dyed the t-shirt in Gold RIT dye for about 20 minutes. I then rinsed the t-shirt, untied it, re-tied it using the techniques below again, and then dipped it in Purple RIT dye for another 20 minutes. The picture here does not do the t-shirt justice, I should have repeated this process a few more times to get a better marbled effect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SINGLE STRIPE DESIGN

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have your shirt tied how you want it, it is time to dye it.

Of course, the supplies needed and the directions for dyeing your shirt will depend on the dye you are using. As I said previously, we used RIT Powder dye to make this shirt.

I first dipped the top and bottom parts of the shirt into Royal Blue RIT dye. I held it in the blue dye for only about 5 minutes. I then rinsed the shirt and held the centre section in Scarlet RIT dye, again for only about 5 minutes.

 


TINY CIRCLES DESIGN

 

 

  

 

 

Once you have your shirt tied how you want it, it is time to dye it.

Of course, the supplies needed and the directions for dyeing your shirt will depend on the dye you are using. As I said previously, we used RIT Powder dye to make this shirt.

We simply used the tying techniques shared in these steps along with purple RIT powder. You can find our step-by-step dyeing directions here.

Once your shirt is dyed and dried, wear with pride.