How to make a circle design tie-dyed shirt

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Making tie-dye shirts is very easy and fun, and produces interesting designs. Its a safe and simple way to indulge in a colorful craft with friends or family. Follow these steps to make a tie-dye shirt that will have rings of color as the finished design.

Things You'll Need

  • Shirt made of at least 60% cotton
  • Lots of rubber bands
  • Fabric dye
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic bag big enough to hold the shirt
  • Old newspaper
  • Salt
  • Cleaning supplies (If dye should spill)
  • First lay your shirt out flat onto your work surface.

  • Grab random pieces of the shirt by both layers and wrap a rubber band or two tightly around to form small bumps of fabric all over the shirt.

  • Fill your large bucket or sink with hot water.

  • Now add your dye of choice. Use 1/2 cup of liquid dye for every 2 gallons of water.

  • Then mix in 1/4 cup of salt for every 2 gallons of water.

  • Put on your rubber gloves and place the bound-up shirt into the dye vat. Hold it under the surface until it stops floating and lays on the bottom.

  • Remove the shirt from the dye vat approximately 20 to 30 minutes later, and place it safely onto a laid out newspaper to dry.

  • Let the shirt dry for 24 hours and then remove the rubber bands.

  • Once completely dry, your tie-dye shirt is ready to wear.

Tips & Warnings

  • The longer you leave your shirt in the dye, the darker the color will appear on the shirt. Exceeding one hour in the dye is not usually necessary.
  • If you are going to have more than one color on your shirt, start with the lightest of these colors.
  • Let your shirt completely dry before adding the next color.
  • Keep your cleaning supplies handy because accidents do happen, and a fabric dye spill needs immediate attention.
  • When washing your newly dyed clothing be sure to use the cold water setting for the first few times to keep the dye from bleeding in the wash.
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