How to Make a Tie-Dye Shirt

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

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring Spoons
  • 100 Percent Cotton T-shirts
  • Salt
  • Heavy-duty Threads
  • Rubber bands
  • Clotheslines
  • Clothespins
  • Deep Cooking Pots
  • Rubber Gloves
  • RIT Dyes
  • Wash a 100 percent cotton T-shirt.

  • Place the wet shirt flat on the work surface.

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

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

  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

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

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

  • Undo the knots and rinse the shirt again.

  • Hang the shirt to dry, out of the sun.

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