There’s never a bad time to make dyed t-shirts, but 4th of July is the perfect time to gather your kids, mix up some red and blue dyes, and dye shirts!
We had so much fun tie-dyeing, but I also wanted to see what dip-dyeing would do to a t-shirt, so we tried that, too. If you’ve ever dyed fabric before, you know how very messy it gets, so make sure to wear old clothes, and have gloves for everyone.
It’s much easier to set this up outside, but if you do it inside I recommend spreading out a tarp, shower curtain, or cardboard on your table or floor to catch random drips of dye.
Supplies for 4th of July Dyed Shirts
Rubber bands (large)
Gloves – this looks like a good tie dye kit with gloves, bags, and rubber bands
Buckets or large bowls
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Dyed T-Shirts
Make sure your t-shirts are pre-washed (to remove any sizing) and still damp.
Mix your dye according to the package directions: mix the dye with 8 tablespoons salt and 2 cups hot water, then add in enough hot water to fill the container. We just used large mixing bowls, so the dye was pretty concentrated.
For the dip-dyed t-shirt, we let the very bottom of the shirt rest in the blue dye, and the very top rest in the red dye, each in a glass mixing bowl, for about 20 minutes.
For the tie-dyed shirt, we made a big spider web pattern. To make the spider web, you simple add in rubber bands in succession starting at the center of the shirt:
This one we let sit in the dye for 45 minutes. The dye package said to let the fabric sit in the dye for 45 minutes, but we took the dip-dyed shirt out early so the dye wouldn’t creep up through the entire shirt.
After we removed the shirts from the dye baths, we simply rinsed the shirts with a hose until the water ran clear. Usually with tie dye, you are instructed to let the dye sit on the shirt for at least 24 hours before you rinse it, but we got impatient to see the design…
This dye is so vibrant, and the colors are awesome!
We let the shirts dry out in the sun and then heat set them by throwing them in a hot dryer for about 20 minutes.
If you’re looking for tie dye techniques, the Tulip website has lots of great ideas with directions. We’re super excited to try some more t-shirt dying techniques soon!
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