Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tie Dye

We are in that last stretch of summer. School is fast approaching and we are running out of that summer gusto that we had in early June. 

Our project yesterday was another oldie but goody. Yet, something we had never done before!  In all my crafty life I have never tie dyed.

We picked up a kit at the local craft store.  It's really the best way to go.  $10 gets you all the dye you need for 8 shirts, gloves, and rubber bands.  You can't beat it.  Also at the craft store t-shirts were on sale 2 for$5!

We all wanted a spiral pattern.

1.  Pinch up a little fabric and twist where you want the center of your spiral.  

2.  Keep twisting

3.  Twist until your shirt looks like a big cinnamon roll.

If you want two or more spirals just pinch and twist those areas. 

4.  Begin stretching the rubber bands around your rolled up shirt.  Keeping the shape as much as possible.

5.  Cross the rubber bands.

6.  Add at least 4 rubber bands to keep the folds(spiral) of your shirt tight. 

Now comes the fun part.  

Cover the area you will be working on with a large trash bag.  Just do it, you'll be glad you did. 

The directions on the kit are very straight forward:  Add water to the dye and get after it.  Watch the little ones with the dye.  I did end up with some on my hands but it was gone by the next day.  

Slip your shirts on to a large zip lock bag and forget about them for at least 8 hours.  We let these sit over night. 

Remove the rubber bands and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.  Then run them through a cold wash cycle in the machine by themselves. 

Here are a few of the patterns we ended up with.

Here is short stuff proud of his project.

We had lots of fun with this project and the kids love that they can wear what they created. 

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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Those turned out great! Thanks for linking! :)

LocalFunForKids said...

The shirts look awesome : )