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How to Tie-Dye a Shirt

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The process of tie dying your own clothes at home has been popular for quite a while now. By just adding some color in a specific way, you can turn a boring white shirt into a fun and stylish item of clothing. 5-Minute Crafts has listed 2 different ways to tie-dye your shirt: the traditional way and by using onion peels.

Traditional way

What you will need:

  • White t-shirt
  • 3 fabric tie-dye colors
  • 4 rubber bands
  • Plastic bag

Step 1

Lay your white t-shirt on a flat surface

Step 2

Starting from the middle, pinch your shirt and twist it.

Step 3

As it starts coming together, take the sides and shape them around the spiral. Make sure it looks neat and tight.

Step 4

Secure your t-shirt with 4 rubber bands.

Step 5

Take some gloves and start dying your shirt. Take the color of your choice and dye 1/3 of the t-shirt. Take another color and do another 1/3. When these 2 sections are even, you can add your third and final color. Make sure all your colors meet in the middle so you get a rainbow effect.

Note: If you don’t want white spots in the final result, make sure to cover any cracks with the dye.

Step 6

Clean your surface so it doesn’t mess up the color of your t-shirt and flip it over. Repeat the same process done in the previous step on the other side of the t-shirt. This time, it should be easier, as you already have some guidelines for where to color.

Step 7

After the t-shirt is completely dyed, put it in a plastic bag. Tie the bag up and store it in a dry place. Wait 24 hours.

Note: Make sure the t-shirt doesn’t drip too much on its way to the bag.

Step 8

After the 24 hours have passed, take your t-shirt out of the bag and start running cold water on it.

Note: The color has already set at its maximum potential, so it’s okay if you feel like you’re losing a lot of dye.

Step 9

After a while, you can take the rubber bands off and start wringing your t-shirt out until the water runs clear.

Step 10

Put your shirt in the washing machine to rinse it completely. Use a small amount of detergent and wash your t-shirt using cold water, and then leave it to air dry.

Final result

After the t-shirt has gone through the washing and drying process, your final result should look something like this.

Using onion peels

What you will need:

  • White t-shirt
  • Onion peels
  • 4 rubber bands
  • Plastic bag
  • Large and deep plate

Step 1

Take some onion peels and add them to a pot. Add some water.

Step 2

Boil the onion peels in water over low to medium heat for about an hour, until the water achieves a kind of red color with a hint of orange.

Step 3

Drain out all the onions so you’re only left with the water.

When you get to this point, you need to copy Steps 1-4 of the traditional way so you get your t-shirt ready.

Step 4

Once your t-shirt is ready to be dyed, put it on a very large and deep plate and start pouring the onion water onto the t-shirt. Then, soak the t-shirt for half an hour. Half of the t-shirt should be under water and the other half above.

After waiting those 30 minutes, put the t-shirt inside a plastic bag and wait for a couple hours.

Step 5

After waiting a couple hours, take the rubber bands off and wash the t-shirt by hand using some detergent and cold water. Let it dry.

Final result

After the t-shirt is completely dry, you’re done and your t-shirt should look similar to the one above.

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