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Personalizing a Tie Dyed T-Shirt

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Once you have dyed the shirt you can use fabric paint or markers, iron ons, or other types of fabric embellishments to personalize your shirt. This is a guide about personalizing a tie dyed t-shirt.
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May 24, 2007

I am thinking about tie dyeing my dad a t-shirt for Fathers Day and would like to put World's Best Dad on the front of it in black lettering. I am at a loss of how to do this safely without wrecking it. Please people I need some serious help! Thank you in advance.

Lori from Marion, AR

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful
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This is a great idea for a present. Your dad will love it. I've done a lot of tie dye and I think it is very easy to do. I would not use Rit because it fades faster than other dyes. The one I had the best luck with was called Dylon (I think I got it at JoAnn's) and was a cold water dye. I just mixed up several colors in buckets in the backyard and went at it. You might want to buy a few t-shirts and then pick the one that turns out best.

For the lettering, there are several options. I liked the stencil idea best out of the ones posted. You could always just write it in block letters with black fabric paint. I think your dad would treasure your own handwriting just as much. Good luck.

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

I think you have several options, you can tie dye then use an fabric marker (washproof). Or you can tie dye then iron on letters, Michael's carries a big line of ones like that.

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May 25, 20070 found this helpful

You can use iron on transfers that you put through your ink jet printer - you can find them at office supply and craft stores. The background is clear - so you can print the letters - I would then cut out closer around the block of letters so you don't have lots of extra iron on.

Sounds like fun! Goodluck!

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May 29, 20070 found this helpful

This makes me think of the days my dad put his label on feed sacks. He bought a set of letters and arranged to spell what he wanted and painted over with black paint.

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Guess it would be like doing a stensil. Am sure you can buy alphabet stensils, and can buy fabric paint.

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