Cleanup: Water, Use Gloves If Possible
It's impossible to be sad while wearing tie-dye colors! Learn a few basic tie-dye tying techniques with this fun project! Create your own tie-dye shirts. Includes tips for the Scrunch Fold, the Bull's Eye Fold, the Spiral Fold and the Accordion Fold. This project also has an instructional video available!
- Step 1Work at an area that will not be harmed by dye or use a plastic tarp.
- Step 2Saturate fabric with water and wring (wet fabric is easier to fold and bind).
- Step 3Choose a method of binding and bind the T-shirt. Use rubber bands to hold design in place. See the different methods below, under "Optional Tips."
- Step 4Soak the bound T-shirt in soda ash and hot tap water for at least 20 minutes, wring, DO NOT rinse.
- Step 5While the fabric soaks, mix the dye with water to line on bottle, shake until powder is dissolved.
- Step 6Squirt dye onto surface of bound areas, gently pull apart fabric and dye the folds, do not apply too much dye (if puddles appear, it is too much). Squirt dye evenly on all sides.
- Step 7Place one shirt in a garbage bag, seal bag, leave undisturbed for at least 24 hours, (48 hours works even better).
- Step 8Rinse garment under warm tap water until it runs fairly clear, carefully cut off rubber bands while rinsing. Fill washer with warm water and liquid soap and wash immediately. Hang or machine dry.
- Optional Tip 1Scrunch Fold: Gather cloth close together, shape into a ball, secure with rubber bands.
- Optional Tip 2Bull's Eye Fold: Choose middle point, form a conical shape, bind evenly with rubber bands.
- Optional Tip 3Spiral Fold: Lay flat, select center point, twist clockwise, bind with six or more pie-shaped wedges.
- Optional Tip 4Accordion Fold: Starting at bottom of garment, roll or pleat to make a long tube, bind with rubber bands.
- GILDAN 100% Cotton T-Shirts - Adult L (CAB-L)
- GILDAN 100% Cotton T-Shirts - Adult M (CAB-M)
- GILDAN 100% Cotton T-Shirts - Adult XL (CAB-XL)
- GILDAN 100% Cotton T-Shirts - Youth L (10-12) (CAB-YL)
- GILDAN 100% Cotton T-Shirts - Youth M (8-9) (CAB-YM)
- GILDAN 100% Cotton T-Shirts - Youth SM (6-7) (CAB-YS)
- Jacquard 15-Shirt Tie-Dye Kit (JP-JAC9320)
- Jacquard 30-Shirt Tie-Dye Class Pack (JP-PMX1KIT)