Back in the ’70’s, when tie-dyed shirts were the fashion rage, I helped my kids make their own. It was messy, but they enjoyed dipping their rubber-banded shirts in the dyes. They loved the finished results…but it took me a few days to get the stains off their fingers!
Making tie-dyed t-shirts is a fun family project, and best of all, there’s a new, less-mess way to do it. I had no idea there was now a spray-on dye until these directions were sent to me by a friend.
1. Newspapers or plastic sheeting
2. Simply Spray dyes in your choice of colors simplyspray.com
3. White t-shirts
1. Cover work table with newspapers or plastic. I used an old shower curtain.
2. Lay out dry shirt on paper.
3. In middle of shirt, pinch the fabric tightly and begin twisting in a clock-wise circle, as if you were turning a screw. You can also secure with rubber bands, top to bottom, and across middle, making four squares. Use more rubber bands for smaller color splotches.
There is no set pattern or design. You can spray alternating colors in stripes down the shirt, for example. Just be sure to leave some areas white if you want to incorporate that color in your design. Don’t spray too lightly, as the dye will lighten in color as it dries.
When you’re finished dying, let shirt set on table, still twisted, until dye sets. I let mine set for two hours. If you want to dye the back, too, carefully turn it over, still twisted, and repeat steps. (Although this step was in the directions I had, I didn’t do it because I was afraid the dye would bleed into the front.) When the dye is set, untwist shirt and hang up to dry for 24 hours. I advise to keep it out of direct sunlight.
Use Regular Fabric Dye
You can also use regular, powdered fabric dye, which is less expensive. Mix up the dye and pour into spray bottles, or dip into individual dye pots. Rinse shirt in cold water, or spray thoroughly with water bottle, and lay out flat on table. Refer to step 3, and continue as with dry shirt.