Tie Dye Shirts

Tie Dye ShirtsI found some plain white shirts that I didn't wear anymore and decided to turn them into something cute.


Total Time: 24 hours

Yield: 5 to 6 shirts

Source: Jacquard Tie Dye Kit



  1. If you're using a kit, the powdered dye will already be in the mixing bottles, just add water to them and shake.
  2. Fill a large bucket or bowl with water. Pour in the soda ash and stir. Place white shirts in the soda ash mixture and allow to soak for about 20 minutes. (cotton shirts are best).
  3. Wring the shirts out and lay them out on a flat surface. This can get messy, so put something down first, or bring them outside.
  4. Here is the trickiest part, but it will make a super cool spiral design. Make sure the shirt is lying completely flat with the front side up. With your thumb and index finger, pinch the center of the shirt and twist. Keep twisting in the same direction until the shirt is in a fairly neat circle. This takes a little patience (: You'll have to use your free hand to help shape the shirt.
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  6. Next, get your rubber bands. Any rubber bands will work, but they shouldn't be too big. Open a rubber band and place it around the bunched up shirt. This part can be tricky too. Just stretch the rubber band as much as you can and slide it around the shirt. There isn't a set number of rubber bands to use, but you want them to be shaped into triangles, so the shirt should almost look like a mini pizza. I'd say about 5 rubber bands.
  7. Now it's the fun part. Take the dye and squirt it onto the the shirt, letting the rubber bands act as the lines that separate the colors. There isn't really a wrong way to do this, but just make sure that you don't blend too many colors together, because you want to be able to see a neat spiral. Flip the shirt over and do the exact same thing to the back.
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  9. Place the shirt in a plastic bag and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours. The longer you wait, the better the dye will stain. After that, take the rubber bands off the shirt and wash it on gentle cycle with no soap. Dry it on regular heat. The dye will fade a a tiny bit. Now you have a brand new shirt (:

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January 27, 20150 found this helpful

These are cool!

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