How to Tie Dye a T-Shirt

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a Tie Dye T-Shirt? Our very own BIG W Textile Designer, Sarah Smith will show you how in just a few simple steps. And you don't have to stop at Tie Dye, get creative and have fun by adding some beads, different colours or a tassel look to your design.

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Step 1
Learning how to tie-dye is really easy and fun for the whole family to enjoy. The process, once you have the right materials, is not difficult at all. Here is what you'll need:

A white shirt
Plastic containers
Rit dye
Rubber bands
Rubber gloves
Cooking salt
Hot water
Squeeze bottle
Ziplock bag

Step 2
First you will need to pre-wash your cotton shirt in the washing machine, once washed soak in water and squeeze the excess but don't wring it

Step 3
Lay your wet shirt out flat and starting from the centre twist the shirt until you have a spiral shape

Step 4
Hold the design in place with rubber bands. The more rubber band you use, the more white there will be in your finish design

Step 5
Make sure you are wearing gloves and start preparing your dye. For each colour dye you use, you will need to mix 2 tbsp of Rit liquid dye, 1 tbsp of cooking salt and 1 cup of hot (not boiling) water. Mix each dye in a plastic container until the salt dissolves, and then transfer into a squeeze bottle

Step 6
Do this next step over a laundry sink… we don't want to make a mess!! Using your rubber bands as section markers, cover each section completely with dye front and back

Step 7
Once covered in dye place the shirt bundle into a ziplock bag and leave for 30 minutes

Step 8
Keeping the rubber bands in place, rinse the shirt under cool (not cold) water, until the water runs clear of excess dye

Step 9
Once the water is clear carefully take off each rubber band

Step 10
Put your shirt through a rinse cycle in the washer machine and hang out to dry

So there you have it! In a few simple steps you too can make your own tie-dye shirt. And why stop there? Experiment with different colours or decorate with beads.

Step 11
To decorate your shirt with beads, using fabric scissors cut up from the hem about 10 cm. Repeat this step all around the hem leaving approximately 1cm to 1.5cm in between each strip

Step 12
The jersey material of the fabric will naturally curl in on itself, allowing you to thread 3 to 4 beads on each strip, and secure at the bottom with a knot. Repeat this step all around the hem, until all the strips have been beaded

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