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How To Tie-Dye a T-Shirt
You Will Need
  • Old clothes
  • White cotton shirt
  • Rubber bands
  • Liquid or powder dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic bucket or bowl
  • Plastic sheet or garbage bag
  • Sink
  • Scissors
step 1Set up area
Spread a the plastic sheet or garbage bag out.
step 2Rubber band shirt
Bunch or fold up sections of the T-shirt, and wrap them tightly with the rubber bands or string. These will be the areas that will stay white after the shirt is dyed, forming a pattern.
spacer tip It’s tough to predict exactly what kinds of patterns your t-shirt will end up with—but that’s the fun of making one!
step 3Prepare dye
Prepare the dye in the bucket according to the manufacturerís directions.
step 4Dip shirt
Wearing gloves, dip the shirt or a section of it in the dye until itís the color you want.
step 5Squeeze & rinse
Squeeze out the excess dye, then rinse the T-shirt in the sink until the water runs clear.
step 6Let dry
Leaving the rubber bands or string on, lay the shirt on the plastic sheet or garbage bag to dry. Outside is best.
spacer tip Once you get the hang of it, you can use more than one color—start with the lightest, and let the shirt dry completely before doing a new one.!
step 7Remove rubber bands
Remove the rubber bands or strings. Itís easiest to cut them with scissors.
step 8Wash shirt
Before you wear it, wash your shirt in cold water alone or with clothing thatís the same color, since the dye may run. Be sure to accessorize with love beads and a peace sign.
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