Makhi and I dyed shirts too. They turned out great!
- The girls show off their shirts.
I am a very crafty person but, believe it or not, I have never tye dyed. Last week the girls of Country Time 4-H and I did our first project. Tye Dye kits make this project very simple. The hardest part is wrapping the shirt. There are so many ways to wrap a shirt that I decided to have the girls do what ever was easiest for them. We folded the shirt in half (length wise) and then started at one side and bunched the shirt, something like a fan effect. Once we had a long tube we careful started at one end and started rolling it into a circle. It was almost like making a cinnamon roll. After we had a tight circle we took rubber bands and put them around the circle, it looked like a pie when it was done. The shirt is then soaked in ash water for 20 minutes. Make sure you wear rubber gloves when using ash or dye. Once removed from the water squeeze to remove excess water. Wrap in a towel and squeeze some more. Once the shirt is as dry as you can get it start applying the dye, one triangle at a time. Do not take dye to the center of the pie, it can blend with other colors and make a big brown blob! After dye is applied to all the pie triangles on both sides, place shirt in plastic bag and let sit for 24 hours. Carefully remove shirt and rince dye till shirt rinses clear. Wash and dry shirt immediately. Our shirts have a line design. Next time I’d like to try the twist method so we can get a spiral design. The girls look great in their shirts!
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