Abstract Tie Dye Button Up

August 16, 2014RaChil Luke
Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Hey dreamers! RaCh from The Cwafty Blog here and I’ve got a last-minute-end-of-summer-hurrah tie-dye project for you today!

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

I have tie dyed so many things behind the scenes during my year of blogging: pillow cases, shirts, sheets, dresses, etc, but nothing for a post. I knew I had to change that, it’s one of my favorite crafts! Unfortunately I had dyed everything white in my house long ago, so when I was out thrifting one day with my Aunts I was excited to spot this lovely 100% cotton white button up. It’s not a full button up like I was searching for but it is very dye-able so there’s that, plus I am absolutely in love with the final product!

 

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Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Supplies:

  • Plastic covering for work surface
  • Soda Ash
  • Tie Dye Kit
  • 100% Cotton Button up shirt
  • Bucket or Tub

I’ve had a few tie dye projects go just horribly when I didn’t prep my fabric. That’s what the soda ash does. It makes the dye take easier to the fabric and keeps the colors bright.

Step 1: Fill up your bucket/tub with enough hot water to cover the top of your fabric, and apply about a half a cup of soda ash. Stir it all together with a gloved hand(gloves should be in your tie dye kit) and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then squeeze the excess water out of the shirt (don’t rinse!) and take it to your work area.

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Step 2: Preparation time! Put down your plastic covering to protect your desk/table from getting dyed. Lay your shirt out flat and prepare your dye bottles. Also grab your rubber bands!

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Step 3: By folding in the arms at the beginning of the .gif I was trying to make my shirt as close to a rectangle as possible, then I folded up one corner from a short side of my rectangle and crossed it over to the opposite long side, creating a triangle shape. I then kept folding the triangle shape until I ran out of fabric.

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Step 4:  I dyed each side of my triangle a different color.

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Step 5: Carefully move your shirt to a plastic bag/piece of plastic wrap and wrap your shirt up.

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Step 6: Wait 6-8 hours(follow the instructions that came with your particular dyes) before the great reveal and  rinsing out your shirt. Once the water runs completely clear, you can throw it in the dryer.

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Now this was an attempt at a shibori technique but either the shape of the shirt interfered  or my folding technique was lacking because there doesn’t seem to be a discernible pattern here. I really love it though and I feel like its an abstract painting in shirt form. A really happy abstract painting :)

Rock out some awesome, abstract tie dye with this super easy tutorial! Great to wind down summer!

Whenever I make something outrageous fashion wise I always say it makes me feel like an art project. If you want even more opportunities to be a walking work of art check out my Tank Top to Skirt Refashion or my  Kimono Top DIY.

Til Next Time!

RaCh

Comments (1)

  • Sasha

    August 25, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    This turned out so cool! I haven’t messed around with tie-dye for many years, but this is motivating me to give it a try again! Nice work!

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