Get Creative with Tie Dye

Give a big ol' welcome to Erica Marsh Today.  She has a great creative project for you... and this one is no sewing required - unless that is you want to whip up some of our suggested knit tees in no time! 

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Hi, Erica here from Lollipops & Paisley! You’ve seen a lot of stuff I’ve done for my girl. Today, I’m sharing a project with you that my boy chose. A few weeks ago, he was flipping through a 1st workbook I bought and he found the creative section. Several pages were devoted to tie-dying your own shirts. He was fascinated! I promised him that we would do a shirt over spring break.

I already had these bottles from when I tried dying my own yarn. I also had the fabric dye from when I planned on dying bamboo velour. We dug around in closets until we turned up 2 white cotton shirts (you can’t do a project with one child unless you include the other or send her to grandma’s).

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If you can't find a white shirt in your digging, you can always whip one up using some of these great basic tees:

Jocole: Classic Knit Tee

Jocole: Classic Knit Tee

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We stuck cookie sheets inside trash bags to hold our projects. Then we carefully squirted their chosen colors onto the prepped shirts. For Colin’s, he wanted a ‘target’ design. We gathered the shirt in the middle and twisted as we applied rubber bands. Jenna wanted ‘spots,’ so we twisted small areas and applied rubber bands all over.

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We let them sit for an hour, then I tossed them in the washer with about a half quart of distilled white vinegar. Once dried, the kids tried them on immediately. They were so proud of their creations! I’m glad I stretched my boundaries and allowed my kids to tie dye some shirts. Now that spring break is over, we have momentos!