Steps to Make a Cool Tie-Dye Shirt
- Find a white shirt, 100% cotton preferably.
- Prepare your supplies. If you get a dye kit, it comes with everything you need. If you don’t have a kit, read the next step.
- You will need dye, rubber gloves, rubber bands, squeeze bottles for dye, warm (not hot) water, urea, soda ash, gigantic zip lock bags, tub for soaking the shirts, and a wooden dowel.
- Soak the shirt in warm water and soda ash for 10 minutes. Wear the gloves.
- Wring as much water as possible out the shirt.
- Place the shirt flat down and spin it using the dowel in a clockwise twirl. It should look like the inside of a rose.
- Remove the dowel without disturbing the shirt. If the swirl gets messed up, the finished product will look bad.
- Put the rubber bands all around the shirt to keep it from losing its shape. Keep it flat.
- Fill the bottles with dye.
- Squeeze the dye into different pie-like sections. Don’t leave any white spaces. There are already white spaces in the folds of the shirt. Overlapping the colors will create cool patterns.
- Turn it over and do the same thing. Or do it differently, it doesn’t matter.
- Put in the zip lock bag and wait for 24-36 hours.
- Take it out and unwrap it using the gloves.
- Run it under cold water and let all the dye rinse out. It has already gotten into the fabric so it’s okay to rinse it out.
- Keep rinsing until the water is clear.
- Wash the shirt in the washing machine by itself and dry it.
- Shirt is ready to wear now!