Making a tie dye shirt is a fun activity for kids and perfect for your summer holiday bucket list. The folding, twisting, crumpling, dipping - that ‘wow’ moment when the shirt is unfurled, is priceless. Use your imagination and get messy (that’s half the fun).
- Fabric dye
- Rubber bands
- Rubber gloves and apron
- Clean cotton t-shirt, preferably plain and light in colour
- Two large containers (one for water, one for dye)
It will get messy so start by covering all work surfaces with plenty of newspaper and wear gloves and an apron.
- Bind sections of the t-shirt tightly with rubber bands – these areas won’t be dyed and will create rings or starburst patterns.
- Prepare dye according to the packet instructions.
- Add a cup of salt to the mixture to boost the dye colour.
- Fill a large bucket with hot water and dunk your shirt in. Wring out excess water.
- Plunge the wet t-shirt into the dye bath and stir regularly with a long spoon for 10-30 minutes, depending on how dark you want the colour.
- Remove the t-shirt, rinse under warm, then cool water until the liquid runs clear and lay flat to dry.
Wash separately using vinegar first then Persil Colour 3-in-1 Capsules or Liquid to protect the colour.