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Published on June 3rd, 2013 | by Kristen Swain


Colorful Tie Dye Clothes

Tie dye – brings to mind hippies and the 60’s doesn’t it? But I have recently seen the remake of this craft into gorgeous colors and bright fabrics. And it’s REALLY FUN to do with your kids.  And even though you do have to wait overnight, the reveal of the prints you have created is the best part of this craft. Yes, it’s been done. No it’s not a new craft. There are kits that you can buy. And I recommend them. I just wanted to refresh this craft to you, because the colors actually last, the new color mixes come in brights, no more muddy tie dye. And this is a great craft for a group of kids. Boys or girls, or boys and girls. I have some tips to help you. So let’s see what the minions and I came up with.

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First, I used my 40% off coupon to buy a kit from Tulip. So it was about $15 for around a dozen colors. Tulip Kit however mine was more colors. I also at another time bought a second kit, and I have to warn you, the colors aren’t exactly the same as on the box. One of the yellows I bought was more a light orange. Aside from that. The kit contains bottles with dye colors, gloves, a plastic sheet, and rubber bands. You are going to buy the white shirts. I don’t recommend the ones at the craft store- you can get much cheaper ones at a store like Walmart or Kmart.  We found tshirts, tanks and shorts. all about $4 each.

You need to PREWASH your clothing. I am the doubter,  so I didn’t. BIG MISTAKE! The dye beads up and runs off the shirt. So do yourself a favor and throw them in the wash.

NEXT, you can do various folds. My favorites are to accordion fold the shirt. Starting at the bottom, you pleat the shirt back and forth until you have a long wedge of fabric. Then secure with rubber bands.

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

OR to take pinches of fabric, then twist so that the fabric stays as flat as possible then secure in place.

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Now you are ready to dye. Have the kids put some old shirts and shorts on, or aprons. We did ours in the grass.

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

If you want super colored shirts, take the time to tuck the bottle tip between the layers to fully color the shirt. If you only soak the outermost parts of the fabric, you will get a mostly white shirt. Like this one.

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

But if you prewash and really add a lot of color, you will get fully colored pieces, like this.

TIP- remember your color basics. Go back to elementary and your color wheel. Complementary colors combined will make a brownish murky color that is not that pleasant.  Don’t do red/green, green/orange, orange/purple, purple/yellow, green/purple, orange/blue .. next to each other. But red next to orange next to yellow next to green next to blue next to purple next to pink next to red is a good rainbow color.

Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Now that you have colored your fabric. The hardest part is coming up. You should put each item into a separate bag. I use those plastic grocery bags that I have a million of. Tie it up and leave it OVERNIGHT. At least 8 hours, more if you can. The next day, you rinse out your shirts with cold water, rinsing as much of the color out as you can. Then remove the rubber bands and rinse them again. Once the bands are removed, you’ll be able to see your awesome designs!! I use a little sharp pair of scissors on mine, too hard to try to get them off otherwise. Once they are rinsed clean, throw them in the washer and run it through a cycle. Dry. Admire your work, admire your kids, admire the awesomeness of tie dye!!


Colorful Tie Dye Clothes - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

I will be back with more awesome shirt designs soon. This is a terrific summer craft that I hope you will try!



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