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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Step 4: I dyed each side of my triangle a different color.
Step 5: Carefully move your shirt to a plastic bag/piece of plastic wrap and wrap your shirt up.
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.
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 :)
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!