I love tie dyed clothes. I don't know what it is about them but they just make me feel happy. Maybe it's the combination of wild colors, or the designs, but whatever it is I really like tie dyed clothes. That's why I decided to take a day and do some tie dying for fun! Well, a little for fun and the rest to give as gifts for birthdays or Christmas. Despite the fact that I hadn't tie dyed in over 20 years I am very happy with the results.
Check out the kit by clicking the picture above or here: Rit Tie-Dye Kit (affiliate link)
You definitely want to do this outside.
Cover a table with the cheap plastic table cloth.
Rubber-Banding the Spiral Design:
I decided to do the spiral pattern for most of the shirts. I followed the video tutorial below. I did not follow their instructions for dying though because they had way more colors than I did - I only had three tubes with three colors (red, blue, and yellow). The directions for coloring the rainbow using only three colors are below.
Rubber-Banding the Sunflower Design:
I couldn't find any instructions online, so I kind of made up my own based on what I thought might work. I basically just did the front of the shirt with the design by banding a small portion for the brown center. Then I pleated and banded the next section for the yellow flower petals. That was it for the flower. For the rest of the shirt I just banded it however it worked out naturally. I guess you could say I 'winged' it. It really didn't matter to me since it was an experiment.
Dyeing the Spiral Shirts:
Dying the Sunflower Shirts
The Next Day
Using a milk crate, gloves, scissors, and a hose, I simply took out one shirt at a time and hosed it down until no more color ran from the shirt. Then I clipped the rubber bands and removed them and hosed the shirt for a few more minutes to be sure all the color was done washing out. After all the shirts were rinsed I washed them on hot temperature, short cycle, in the washer machine and hung them out to dry! All done and happy with the results :-)
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!