Tie Dye

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Why not tie-dye a shirt? You can even tie-dye aprons, shorts, placemats, napkins and other similar items. Tie-dying is fun and easy. Just remember to protect your work area before you begin.


White or light coloured 100% cotton t-shirt. You can also tie-dye pillowcases, bandanas or anything else you would like.
Fabric dyes, any colour(s)
Rubber bands
Plastic sheet
Bucket or bowl, you will need one each for each colour you choose


- 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 it
- 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


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