How to Make Designs in T-Shirts With Dylon

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How to Make Designs in T-Shirts With Dylon
Design your own T-shirt using Dylon dyes. (tie-dyed shirts image by Jim Parkin from Fotolia.com)

In 1946, a company by the name of Dylon, also known as Dyes of London, began selling dyes in a variety of colours. These colourful dyes quickly grew in popularity and are sold in more than 70 countries around the world. One of the most common uses for Dylon dyes is creating beautiful and creative designs on T-shirts. From simple tie-dye to more advanced patterns and designs, Dylon allows you to create just about anything you can imagine.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • T-shirt in desired colour
  • Dylon dyes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Large pot
  • Water

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Instructions

    Simple Tie Dye

  1. 1

    Determine the colours you will use on your custom dyed T-shirt, and place each colour of Dylon dye into a separate squeeze bottle. Follow the exact directions on the package of the Dylon dyes for best results. Wear rubber gloves when handling the dyes to avoid staining your fingers.

  2. 2

    Determine the simple tie dye pattern that you want to place on your T-shirt. The Type of design you choose determines how you prepare the shirt to be dyed. The most simplistic design options are stripes, overall patterns and sunburst circular patterns.

  3. 3

    Fold the fabric lengthwise back and forth creating a fan shape with your shirt, if you have chosen a stripe pattern. Fold the sleeves the exact same way. Secure your folds by wrapping rubber bands around the shirt. Place a rubber band approximately every inch down the entire length of the shirt. Move on to the dyeing stage (explained in step 6).

  4. 4

    Bunch, twist and fold the shirt randomly, if you have chosen to create an overall design. Secure your T-shirt with rubber bands, placing a rubber band approximately every inch around the entire section. There is no rule of thumb when creating an overall pattern, so do not be afraid if your T-shirt looks a little weird. Move on to the dyeing stage (explained in step 6).

  5. 5

    Pinch a small section in the middle of the T-shirt to create a sunburst pattern. Twist the shirt and attach rubber bands starting at the top and going half way down the shirt. The bottom half of the shirt does not get wrapped and tied. Move on to the dyeing stage (explained in step 6).

  6. 6

    Soak the fabric in warm water for three to five minutes. In your large pot, simmer water and coloured dye. Place the wrapped shirt in your large pot and allow the shirt to soak up the dye for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your shirt until no more colour runs off. Remove the rubber bands and lay the T-shirt on waxed paper to dry. While the T-shirt is still damp, iron the T-shirt to permanently set the colours.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to add multiple colours to your T-shirt, dip the shirt in the lightest colour first and move on to the darker colours. Follow the dyeing directions above for each colour, saving the ironing process until all colours have been used.
  • Wash the dyed T-shirt separately for the first few times it is washed.

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