Tie dye shirts are almost as American as apple pie. It’s impossible to be sad while wearing tie dye colors — especially if you accessorize with your favorite rainbow loom bracelet!

While some instructions suggest using string I find that rubber bands work the best. Either way, the most important thing is that you have fun preparing an old tee for its transformation into a rainbow masterpiece.

Step 1: The shirt, fit to be dyed!

The shirts that work best are 100% cotton, but you can also use 50% cotton/50% polyester. The results will not be as vibrant. I once tried to dye a 100% polyester garment and when it was unwrapped - all the dye washed off! The dyes only bond well with natural fabrics, like cotton, silk and rayon - but we're talking cotton here....

just wanted to say thanks so much for the instructable, i used it to make this tie dye shirt for my boyfriend to wear to my <a href="http://www.alittlestranger.com/wordpress/2009/12/week-in-pictures-3/" rel="nofollow">rainbow birthday party</a> :)<br /> <br /> It was really easy to follow and now i want to tie dye everything!!&nbsp;:)<br />
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<p>When you soak it in the soda ash, can you let it dry after before tie dying or does it need to be damp? Can I let it dry and then just run under water once I am at school? I want to do this in my classroom, but would like to do the washing and soda ash part at home (our attention span won't hold out that long).</p>
<p>Seems like you had so much fun! :))</p>
<p>Thanks so much! Can't wait to try it!</p>
<p>i like it</p>
WHy soda ash? Is that baking Soda? Would it be found in the same area as baking soda in a grocery store?
<p>No. Its different from baking sod. however, instead of soda ash you can use washing soda.</p>
Hello: <br><br>Soda Ash isn't the same as baking soda. you can buy it from a dye store or get it at a pool and spa store. It is caustic so be sure to protect your hands and eyes. <br><br>As for banding. Once you twist your shirt into a bun. (I use a fork and twirl like its pasta) Just take your rubber band, hold it open and slide it under , and around the shirt while it's sitting flat. Do that 2 more times and you'll have your triangles. (almost looks like a pie chart at this point.) <br><br>Once you've allowed the garment to sit dyed for 24 hours, rinse, then wash with the hottest water for the garment in the machine...with Syntrapol or similar product. The shirt is amazingly color fast. I have one dress I bought about 5 years ago that the colors are still vibrant... the fabric is showing wear... but the colors are still awesome. <br><br>
<p>Hello, we love the tie dye! How long can my dyes be stored after mixing before using? I have about 12 bottles of colors mixed from before I went on vacation, 3 weeks ago. They have been in my basement where it's pretty cold this winter. Should I chance it to see if they'll still hold up?</p>
<p>From everything I have been reading the dye needs to be used straight away, within an hour or so or it won't come out very bright. after 3 weeks I would say you can't use it anymore.</p>
<p>Hi there, I been trying to find some white shirts to tie dye but all of them a pretty much see through. Does this matter at all?? will the dye stop them from being see through or should i find better shirts???</p>
<p>as long as it is cotton. Any other material the colors will come out weird. </p>
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<p>I love it! Thank you! :)</p>
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It will work if you only dry it for 8 hours?
Would a Person be able to vinyl print a logo onto the shirt once its been dyed?
What if it dries in the 24 hours
I have quite a collection of tops and dresses that were tie dyed!SMC Fashion is indeed your one-stop shop for all kinds of quality dresses.
Hi me and my partner love tie dying and have tried so many differnet ways but everytime we rinse off our tshirts they seem to fade and dont look so vibrant like yours. What are we doing wrong? We soak in soda ash solution for 10 mins, then wring out and fold, add bands then squirt on our dye. We then leave this for 24 hrs but still they look faded. Can u help please?
If i want to make a lot of tie dye items how much dye do you recommend buying? How many tshirts can you make from 2oz of each colour?
Thanks so much!!! I love how my tank top turned out. I love it soo much....I thought I'd post a picture. Thanks again!!!
oh i got so excited about then i saw what i need and thought okaaaay i wont be doing this i have no idea what procion dye is... :/
So, like, say you wear this evey day. And wash it ever night. How much more would the die wear out? =(
so awesome im gonna make it (:
thank you for the easy to follow &quot;instructables&quot;. We are planning a combo egg dyeing and shirt dyeing party for our Easter celebration. The kids can dye 3 dozen eggs in under a half hour and we wanted to do something to continue the theme. Lone behold, my Grateful Dead following (those were the days...lol!) husband suggested Tie Dye! Perfecto! thx again
I think the colors are in the wrong spots here in the photo as the instructions describe if you want to achieve the cool spiral pattern.
RIT dye works, probably better than the procion dye if you're working with children. :) Really nice instructable! Thank you!
rit dye often requires boiling hot water. I've tried both and I'd rather cover my nieces and nephews with garbage bags and give them squirt bottles. (Adults should mix dyes and soda ash solutions)
i heard you can use rubberbands a certin way to make triangles. Do you know how to do that<br><br>I'm not DIY Im WHOPDIF (WHatch Other People Do It First)
Thanks for sharing...<br>I am thinking about doing a tie dye party for about 25 children and wanted to know if you could tell me how much dye will a 2 oz bottle of procion fiber reactive dye make?<br>Do you have any suggestions for mixing them? How much dye to water?<br>Mahalo...
if u want it to look freaking awesome, dip one side in black cotton dye, twist it off center(possibly with rasta colours:D), or do a DOUBLE SPIRAL!!!! double spirals for the win!<br><br>soda ash isnt necessary... i didnt use it
A tip on doing the spiral - instead of a dowel, use the bottom of a walking cane that has a rubber tip. Makes a great, fast spiral and doesn't slip off like a dowel does - also easy starting too!
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