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PostSubject: How to Tie Dye Shirts   Thu May 08, 2014 12:35 am

Learn how to tie dye shirts to dress up that old shirt in your closet. You can buy a new shirt to tie dye, or you can choose to tie dye shirts that have been forgotten in your dresser drawers. With such versatility with tie dye designs, the possibilities for your final product are endless. You could create batik tie dye or a classic tie dye spiral. Try this basic project to create a simple and fun tie dye shirt.
Tie Dye Supplies:
Garbage bags
Paper towels
A shirt
Fabric dye
Salt (one cup per dye)
Rubber bands
Plastic squeeze bottles
Resealable plastic bags
Latex gloves
Prep Your Work Area & Materials
Set up a dyeing station. Cover your work area with a garbage bag. Tape it so that it won't move or shift while you're tie dyeing. Be sure to have a trash can and paper towels somewhere nearby, as well as a bowl of soapy water so that trash can be thrown away and you can wash your hands when you are finished with your project.
Prep your shirt by soaking it in water. If the dye you're using comes with soda ash, put it in a tub of water so that it becomes dissolved. Grab a small section of the shirt - front and back layers together - and twist it tight, folding the tip of the twisted shirt and fastening it as tightly as you can with the rubber band. You can make different-sized twists or you can keep them consistent. Soak the shirt before dyeing, as it will help bond the shirt and the dye more easily.
How to Tie Dye a Shirt
Fill the bottles with the dye baths and squeeze the dye onto your shirt. Try to squeeze one color onto and around each of the sections. You'll want to mix the dye with a cup of hot water and salt beforehand.
Dye the shirts, wring them out and place them in a sealable bag for overnight drying. After the shirt has dried, rinse with warm water and then cool water. Remove the bands during the rinsing. Be sure to wear gloves and to watch your clothes: the dye is permanent. Let the shirt dry in a cool setting.
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