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Monday, September 8, 2008

How to Tie Dye

FAMILY MOMENT MONDAY
What kid doesn't love making a good ol' fashion tie-dye t-shirt? Even though they may not be the fashion icon of the year, you have to admit that they are still entertaining to make. All you need is...

Shirts, onesies, aprons, boxers, or sleeper (anything 100% cotton to dye)
Fabric Dye
Rubber Bands
Salt

1. First make sure that surfaces and children are covered or you will get a matching dinning room for your shirts.
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2. Fill tubs and mix the fabric dye according to the instructions on the box (you can find fabric dye at most craft stores) . Add a cup of salt to help enhance the color of the dye. Shhh... that's a secret :)
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3. Take the rubber bands and start twisting and tying off ends and pieces of the shirt in a fun funky pattern. You can even draw out patterns as a guide on your shirts with colored chalk, because it will wash off in the dye. I have some links for tie dying patterns here, if you are looking for Bulls-Eye, the V-Neck, Spiral, or Stripes.

4. Dip your shirt first in hot water then really wring it out. Now you can soak it in the dye tub. Make sure to move it around a lot to get all sides of the shirt. It can take 10-30 mins, totally depends on how groovy of a color you are going for.

5. When you have the color or colors that you want on your shirt, rinse it under warm water and gradually turn the water cooler and cooler. Do this until the water starts to rinse clear.

6. Wear and enjoy as the hip chic family that you are.... all you need is a yellow submarine now. Also make sure that when you wash them for the first time, wash them alone in warm water, rinse in cold, then dry.

If you want to make this whole funk-a-delish processes as easy as possible you can find Tie Dying Kits at Joanns or Target for around $10.00. So go crazy, have some fun, and spread the looove. Get the family together and make some matching tie-dye shirts. They can be some fun PJ shirts, shirts to wear on camping trips together, or your special family night shirts when you all get together and play games. Whether you wear them or not, they will be fun to make and a memory to remember.

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26 comments:

  1. Fun, Fun, Fun! I remember doing this!

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  2. I remember doing this as a child! I owned so much tie dye stuff! :)

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  3. Tie dye is so much fun. I've only seen it done with the kits. Nice to know it's pretty simple to just buy the materials. My daughters love this kind of thing.
    I've posted a Family Moment Monday.

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  4. I'm glad you posted this. My 9 year old had just asked over the weekend if he could tie dye a shirt sometime!

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  5. ahhhh memories :)

    pretty sure i could go to my parents and even find one of my treasured tie dyed t's!!

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  6. Brings back oh so many memories! I used to love doing tie dye t-shirts! Which makes me also remember those stores you could bring in a plain t-shirt and they would splatter some random design on the shirt with 3 colors of your choice. I don't know if you ever did that, but we used to do it for my girl scouts troup every year:).

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  7. Oh! That would be fun. It's been so long! I bet my little ones would love this!

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  8. I have so many fond memories of doing this as a kid. Usually my shirts were a big mess because I got overly excited by all the color options, but it was great anyway.

    Keep the Venezuela tips and info coming, we are starved for an insiders point of view.

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  9. I actually saw in the news this summer that tie dye is "back in fashion". How funny that these trends are coming back!

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  10. Starring this project for later. I want to try it with my kids!!! Well, at least my oldest. lol :)

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  11. That is awesome! I remember doing tie dye at girls camp! Thanks for the instructions!

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  12. I have actually never done this but always wanted to. I think I will give it a try with my boys sometime soon.

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  13. Hi, I just signed up for Family Moment Monday. You deleted it the first time around. I think it might have been because I put the link in before I had quite finished/published my own post. If you could check it again I would appreciate it. I THINK I did it according to the guidelines but if not, maybe you could let me know what I did wrong so I can fix it?
    Thanks!

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  14. Oooooooo my sister and I made these shirts all the time! We were such dweebles!

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  15. I so want to do this, but you don't know what a klutz I am. I would get the dye everywhere...E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.

    LOL

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  16. MforD, I forgot to link back to you. Sorry. It's linked now.

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  17. Part of the summer reading program at the library included tie-dying t-shirts. DeBoy wears his ALL THE TIME. The Queen doesn't wear hers of course, because it isn't a dress, but I deliberately got her a bigger size so in a couple of years it will still fit. Assuming she's out of that dress only phase.
    We're planning to do it for Vacation Bible School next summer as well.

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  18. Very fun!! And thanks for the secret about the salt!! ;-)

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  19. Off topic: You didn't miss a thing on the VMA's. If you watch E.T. tonight, you'll see all that you need to see!!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    It's always nice to hear from you!

    Hugs!!

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  20. That looks like fun. I am bookmarking it for my notebook entry this week. I have been wanting to try this with the kids!

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  21. Do I know you? You left a comment on my blog last week.

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  22. we bought a tie-dye kit two years ago to do shirt for the kids. Only Connor's teeny little newborn onesie turned out cute, and now we know what to do better next time (LOL!) and have been talking for months about doing it again. Your post puts the bug in my ear again. thanks!

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  23. Oh my goodness, I used to LOVE tie-dye. I guess that's a given, being a child of the 80s... ;)

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  24. I love tie-dye I've never done it but it seems fun !!!

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