January Craft Corner

Here are the basic instructions on how to make a tie dye t-shirt.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White T shirt tank top or cotton dress
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 3 colors powdered dye
  • 3 squeeze bottles
  • Soda ash (if required)
  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors

Lay garment on a flat surface. Grasp the center of the garment (front and back) through both layers and wrap first rubber band tightly about 2 inches from center. This makes a basic “bulls eye” pattern. Wrap another rubber band 2 inches farther away. (Where you place the rubber band determines the width between colors).

Wearing rubber gloves mix the dye following instructions on dye package. Carefully put different color dye in each squeeze bottle. Shake well to mix. Over a plastic sheet carefully squeeze one of the dye colors on center of shirt, squirt into crevices and folds. Apply different color dye to another area. Finally apply last color dye to last area. You may leave the largest area of the garment white. Place project into plastic bag. Seal and let set for about 2-3 hours.

Remove garment from bag. Rinse one section of colored area at a time. Avoid having dye run into other areas if possible. Remove rubber bands. Lay garment flat to dry or place in dryer with old towel.