Learn how to tie-dye clothing with this tutorial. Also see how to bleach colored cotton t-shirts for a fun tie dye look.
Have you ever tie-dyed before? If you haven’t.. you should really try it. It’s really FUN and addictive.
My sister and I tie-dyed t-shirts last week (it was for a parade and we wanted all the kids to match).
We had never tie-dyed anything before, we were kinda nervous about it. I think we watched over 4 videos before we actually attempted it.
Once you start, you just can’t stop… it’s super fun and EASY (no need to be nervous about it)!
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Learning how to tie-dye
We bought a tie-dye kit and followed the instructions. What’s nice about the kit was that the powder was already in the bottles, we just had to add water and shake.
Step 1: We laid the shirts flat on the table and selected a section of the t-shirts and pulled up and added rubber bands 2 inches apart. You should totally check out YouTube for examples. We really enjoyed the tutorial from I Love To Create.
P.S. We also did a onesie/bodysuit for my nephew!
Step 2: We headed outside and placed our t-shirt tubes on a garbage bag (next time we will place the garbage bags on a flat surface and not on the ground).
Step 3: We put on some rubber gloves and started dying the t-shirts. We applied a different color of dye per elastic section on each t-shirt.
Step 4: After we were done dying the t-shirts, we wrapped them up in plastic wrap.
Step 5: We let them sit for 8 hours.
Step 6: We removed the plastic wrap and cut the rubber bands with scissors.
Step 7: Once the rubber bands were removed, we rinsed the t-shirts (wear gloves!!).. to remove the extra dye.
I would recommend you rinse the t-shirts in the sink and not in a bin… you’ll be surprised at the amount of dye that will come out during rinsing.
Step 8: We then set the washing machine to HOT and put it at the biggest load.
Here are my girls sporting their new tie-dye t-shirts along with their cousin Charles.
What do you think?? I just LOVE them!!
I’m planning on picking up some white tank tops to tie-dye too :)
How to Bleach Tie Dye
We have also been having a great time bleaching colored cotton t-shirts for a fun tie dye look.
We used a mixture of half water and half bleach. We followed these reverse tie dye step, without adding colored dye at the end.
Heathered Blue with bleach tie-dye marble effect:
Black with bleach tie-dye:
Purple with bleach tie-dye marble effect:
Pink with bleach tie-dye accordion effect:
Powder blue with bleach tie-dye:
Khaki green with bleach tie-dye marble effect:
Can you tell we have fun tie-dyeing? We loved how each color revealed it’s own color.
Have a GREAT day!