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5. I try and saturate each section when I’m tie dying in this way, leaving hardly any white, keeping in mind there will be lots of white tucked in among the accordion folds that will appear in your final design.
6. I decided to make one of the end sections green as I mentioned in Step 3. This end, just like in my original tutorial here, provides a neat vertical stripe right along the side seam of the t-shirt and onto the sleeve.
7. Keeping the rubber bands in place, simply roll up the t-shirt in plastic, covering it up completely, including tucking the ends of the plastic in. Follow package instructions for how long to let the dye set inside the plastic covering.
8. Once time is up, and while still keeping the rubber bands in place, rinse the t-shirt thoroughly in cold water. You want to rinse it until the water runs clear. Remove the rubber bands and rinse again until the water runs clear.
Wash before wearing!
Wash the t-shirt separately in a cold water setting and let air dry. (I washed this t-shirt twice, just to be sure the remaining dye was only on the garment and not going to rub off on anything else.)
And here’s the t-shirt!
|Front of the t-shirt – see the green stripe down the side, as well as the off-center stripe?|
I love how the white goes across the shirt horizontally, while the green stripes are vertical. This is the result of doing the accordion folds from the top to the bottom of the t-shirt.
|Back of the t-shirt|
If, for example, you chose to accordion-fold the t-shirt starting from the left side to the right side, then the white would be vertical and the two green stripes would be horizontal. And depending upon where you choose to make the stripes and what colors you use will provide all sorts of variations too!
|Lulu sometimes works as Quality Control. Here she is inspecting my work.|
Kids love to tie dye t-shirts, so consider turning this into a fun craft project that the kiddos can do. End result? Dad gets a fun and stylish t-shirt, maybe for Father’s Day! And maybe the kids make some for themselves too!
Definitely a fun project to kick off your Summer!