How to make a tie-dye shirt

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How to make a tie-dye shirt
Make a Tie-Dye Shirt

The Incas tie-dyed fabrics using plant coloring. And you thought hippies invented tie-dyeing!

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Things you need

  • Measuring Spoons
  • 100 Percent Cotton T-shirts
  • Salt
  • Heavy-duty Threads
  • Rubber bands
  • Clotheslines
  • Clothespins
  • Deep Cooking Pots
  • Rubber Gloves
  • RIT Dyes

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  1. 1

    Wash a 100 percent cotton T-shirt.

  2. 2

    Place the wet shirt flat on the work surface.

  3. 3

    Tie knots in the T-shirt, or twist it and secure the folds with rubber bands or heavy-duty thread.

  4. 4

    Mix 1/2 c. liquid dye (or 1 package powdered dye) in 1 qt. hot water. Dissolve 5 tbsp. table salt in the mixture.

  5. 5

    Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

  6. 6

    Put the entire shirt in the dye and let it soak for at least 20 minutes.

  7. 7

    Rinse the shirt in cold water until the water runs clear.

  8. 8

    Undo the knots and rinse the shirt again.

  9. 9

    Hang the shirt to dry, out of the sun.

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