It may not be the 60’s anymore, but tie-dye is still in. You don’t have to buy a tie-dye shirt from a store when you can make it at home! While searching the internet, I discovered a new, cheap, and easy way to tie-dye just about anything! No messy dyes and no waiting hours before wearing! Plus, it’s a new twist on a classic design, so you can look retro while still staying modern.
To get started, you will need:
Start by putting the cup underneath the inside of your shirt so that the section you are dying is laying over the top of the cup. I used a Flanigan’s cup because it is plastic, and it had a larger mouth. Then use your rubberband to hold the fabric in place over the cup. Using the markers of your choice, create a star like shape in the middle of the fabric. You can use as many colors as you like, or create any design or pattern. The star pattern creates the circular shape in the end, but you can experiment with other shapes to see what happens.
Then, using an eye dropper, add drops of rubbing alcohol to the middle of your star. The more drops you add the further the design will spread. Always start from the middle so that you end up with a circular shape at the end. I didnt have an eye dropper, so I dipped the back end of a pen into the rubbing alcohol and let it drip onto the fabric.
You dont have to wait for the rubbing alcohol to dry before removing the rubberband and moving on. The marker will not bleed through to the other side of your shirt once the cup is removed. Continue doing this all over your shirt until you have covered all of the areas you want dyed. You can overlap the circles, even when the rubbing alcohol is still wet. It will run into the other circles, but will not affect the design.
Once you have finished dying your shirt, you have to set the design otherwise the markers will wash out or fade over time. Stick the shirt in the dryer on high for about 15 minutes or so (or more!). After that you should be able to wash and wear your shirt like any other shirt. If you have any doubts, simply wash your shirt seperately from your other clothing to keep the markers from bleeding. READ BELOW!
And there you have it! A cheap, unique, and colorful new t-shirt!
UPDATE: I washed my shirt, and all of the marker washed out!!! I followed the directions to set the shirt, but sadly it still washed away. Maybe the marker just didnt take to the kind of fabric in my shirt. If anyone knows of a way to keep the color in, let me know!