For the life of me I can’t remember if I ever tie-dyed as a child or not. One thing was for sure, I was not going to miss out on the opportunity to share this fun fabric art craft with my own children.
Tie-Dye Kids Shirts
The first thing we did before we began to tie-dye was to pick which design we all wanted to do.
Our older boys picked the bullseye technique of tie-dying for their shirts. I really wanted to do the swirl for our baby’s shirt but I just couldn’t get the fabric to lay in a way that I was happy. It might have been totally fine the way I did it, but since this was the first time we tried tie-dying, I followed my older boys suggestion and picked the easier bullseye techniques for baby’s shirt too.
Then we followed the detailed step-by-step instructions that come with the kit on how to:
- Pre-wash the fabric.
- Prepare the fabric.
- Mix the dye.
- Dye the fabric.
- Wrap the fabric, let set and rinse.
The instructions suggest covering the dyed fabric and letting it set for 6-8 hours or longer for more intense colors. Since we tie-dyed late in the afternoon, we let our shirts sit overnight for about 15-16 hours.
How We Tie-Dyed Our Shirts
To start, we used four rubber-bands evenly spaced apart (about 1″) to create five different sections to dye. The last section will be large.
We added dye to the small end section first (to be the center of the bullseye), then added a different color to the third section, leaving the second and fourth section white to separate the colors.
Next, we saturated the last section, the largest section of the t-shirt, with the remaining ink from the third color. Be careful not to over-saturate the fabric in this step.
We bagged up our shirts overnight to let them set, then washed them per the instructions.
Our boy’s finished shirts.
(My little stinker who didn’t want to be in the photo and thought he could hide from me.)
What we learned while tie-dying.
When you give a 6 yr old boy a bottle of dye, he may or may not wear more of the dye than the fabric he’s dying.
Tie-dye ink does come off skin when scrubbed with a baby wipe.
If too much dye is used and it pools on your work surface, be careful not to drag the underside of the fabric through the ink while you are dying the top of the fabric or it will muddy up the colors.
We dyed three shirts and for the first wash I washed them all separately so the colors wouldn’t blend between the different shirts. I’m not sure if this was needed but I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.
The boys were so excited to see their shirts the next morning after they were washed and dried and, for this being our first time tie-dying, I think all the shirts came out amazing!
We will definitely be purchasing more tie-dye kits in the future and brightening our lives one tie-dye project at a time.
Have you tried the new Tulip Tie-Dye kits with your children?
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