Ideas for Tie-Dye Crafts



Tie-dye is a wonderful tool for craft-making. It is cheap, easy, and mess-ups only make your end product look better. Here are a few ideas for different things you can do with tie-dye.

With most tie-dye crafts, you must start out with something clean, white, and cotton. We usually use T-shirts for tradition’s sake, but you could also use duvet covers, socks, sports bras, and any other mainly cotton material.




You can do a basic tie-dye projects with dyes purchased from your local supermarket or hobby store. To do a swirl pattern, you must pinch your material at one point and then twirl the fabric around this point. To secure what should be a wheel-shaped roll of fabric, put rubber bands across the diameter of the wheel so that it cuts them into pie-shaped sections. Wet the fabric. Spray the dye in the section, with a different color per part.




(P and our friends M demonstrate this technique)

If you want to create multiple swirls, just twirl the fabric around more than one point.

Our friend T (sitting down below) has an annual tie-dye party every year and we always use this technique, so this year we decided to shake it up.




So we wet the clean, white, cotton T-shirts and then put blue Elmer’s gel-glue (you have to use blue gel glue) in a design on the T-shirt. P put the quote:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

-Howard Zinn

I used the one I put for Making Thursday Sunny.




J, sitting above, is an expert doodler and therefore had a beautiful design:




We just dyed our shirts instead of tie-dying, which we figured would make them make busy. We did this by filling the sink with water and the dye and putting the shirts in the concoction for fifteen minutes. We then let them dry and washed them twenty-four hours later.

Happy crafting!



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