How to Tie-Dye Tons of Shirts

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Tie-dying tons of shirts is something that you can do with a bucket, the solution and a few other key tools. Tie-dye tons of shirts with help from a tie dye professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Steven Lee, and I'm going to teach you how to tie dye tons of shirts. Like any massive project you want to undertake you want to set up a production line and that's what we're going to do here today. When we tie dye with reactive tie dyes the first thing we always do is soak our shirts in a solution of water and soda ash and when we tie dye a few things we just do that in a little bucket. But if I'm dying a lot of stuff I want to be able to use a tool to squeeze the excess soda ash out, soda ash water out of the shirt. So I'm going to soak the shirt in a solution of soda ash and water and the recipe we use is three fourths of a cup of soda ash per gallon of water like in this bucket and then to make my life easy I put the shirt in this wringer and I squeeze the excess soda ash water out. I bring it to my tying station and I like to put a sheet of plastic down because it makes it slippery and it makes it really fast and easy to tie things out plus it protects whatever surface you are working on. So I'm going to lay this out and do a quick spiral. A spiral is an easy pattern to do a whole bunch of because you can just spiral it right up real quick like that, put one or two rubber bands around to hold it all together and then you are ready to move it over to the dying station. When I'm tie dying a ton of shirts I usually tie them all up and lay them all out as many as I am going to do and then I will go through and I start squirting the colors on each shirt one at a time. So on this I will squirt yellow on all the shirts I'm going to do and do that as fast as possible like in a production line. So I'm going to do yellow, yellow, of course this one is getting clogged up. So when that happens, you want to poke it out. So I have a paper clip here to make my day go better. Alright, so I'm putting the dye on in the typical like a piece of pie, where I'm squirting yellow in like a piece of pie and then I'll squirt blue in like a blue piece of pie and red like a red piece of pie. To save time on this demonstration I'm just going to finish dying this one shirt. So, but normally I'd be doing this to all six or eight or 100 shirts in a row where now I'm going to squirt the blue dye on and I'm squirting this on like a piece of pie and again it would help if it was a little more open on that tip and then normally I'd put blue all the way down and then I'd put the red on all the way down. So, we color in the red piece and also after I squirt the dye on one side I flip the shirt over and squirt the same colors in the same place on the other side all down the line. Then you'd let them sit, leave them tied up, leave them alone until you are ready for the last step of the dying process which is to wash out the loose dye that didn't affix to the fabric. When you are ready to wash out the loose dye, now this is how I would wash out the loose dye whether I am tie dying, washing out one shirt or 100, I wash them all out the same way. I leave them tied up, I take each one to a sink one at a time and I rinse them with cold running water and a lot of loose dye comes off the fabric and that's normal and I rinse out most of the loose dye by hand then I untie them, I take them to a washing machine filled with warm soapy water and I untie the shirts and throw them in the washing machine that's filled with warm soapy water and if you rinse out most of the loose dye first by hand, then you can throw a whole bunch of shirts all together in the washing machine and finish washing out the loose dye there. So now you know how to do a whole bunch of tie dyes, go out and make a lot of money.


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