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Give A Spin To Your White Tee With Simple Tie-Dye Designs At Home!

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - April 14, 2020 5 min read

If your current isolated point of view is experiencing 48 hours in a 24-hour long day, let me put it out there; you are suffering from acute boredom. I can't plan the entire day for you but I might have a recreational activity in my bag of things-to-do-at-home to fill those lazy afternoons you spend moping around from one room to another in the search of an objective that would drive you out of this doldrums. 

 

Summon your high-spirited, colourful self and get ready to Surprise! Surprise! #TieNDye the hell out of your boring white t-shirt sitting in the closet waiting to be chosen over your blacks and reds. 

 

 

But first...

 

What Is Tie-Dye?

This well-known apparel pattern is no news to fashion enthusiasts but for the rookies, this might come off as a bit of a newfangled marvel of the week. 

 

The process of tie-dye typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, followed by application of dye(s). 

 

 

How To Make A Dye At Home?

Let me tell you one thing, it's certainly no rocket science that goes into making your own dye at home. 

Colour dye at home

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Things You Need:

 

  • A plastic bottle with a squeeze cap
  • Food colour (As per the availability) 
  • Warm water

 

Process:

 

1. Take half a cup of warm water in the plastic bottle with a squeeze cap.

2. Add about 8 drops of the food colour you want to use. 

3. The proportion to make the dye remains the same; 8 drops of food colour in every 1/2 cup of water.

 

Side tip: Use different bottles for different colours. In case you just have a single bottle at home, try using one colour first and use it for another after a thorough wash.

 

 

How To Tie-Dye At Home?

Tie-dye fashion has a nostalgic touch that comes around in every decade but amidst all the surprises 2020 gave us, this print will be your something old and trendy. And I get the picture that to create something this colourful from scratch can't be easy but it's a genius skill that will stay with you even after the lockdown is over. It's always good to have creative fashion skills at the back pocket, just in case.

 

Things You Need:

 

  • Protective gloves
  • Apron
  • Rubber Bands/Thread strings
  • Large ziplock bag
  • Vinegar
  • A tarp or plastic cover
  • White t-shirt
  • A container, big enough for your t-shirt

Things needed to tie and dye

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Process:

 

1. Take the container and add half part water half part vinegar in it. Soak your white t-shirt in the same. Remember use as little material as you can use.

Rinse t-shirt

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2. Rinse and spread it out on the tarp or plastic cover to avoid in spillage on the floor. You got to keep your mom's happy too.

T-shirt spread out

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3. Gather the rubber bands according to the design you want to execute. You'll find some ideas down below. The whole game starts when you tie your t-shirt in a certain way to get a design at the end.

Spiral design

process

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4. Carefully pour the colours dye where needed. Be thorough and patient with this step.

Dye colour on tee

Dye colour on tee

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6. Put your dyed t-shirt in a ziplock bag and leave it out in the summer wind for a night or so. 

Zip lock the dyed t-shirt

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7. Rinse again and Voila!

Coloured t-shirt

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Side tip though: You might have to rinse the t-shirt once before actually wearing it. Now food colour dye may not last long but it will be good practice for when you actually use real dye colours to get a snazzy teeshirt.

 

 

Tie-Dye Designs You Can Easily Pull Off At Home

I've picked out some easy DIY tie-dye designs that you can easily make work with at home. Here we go!

  

Nebula 

Why spend on some expensive multi-colour crumple tee when you can make one at home. A fairly simple and elegant tie-dye technique you'll love once mastered. 

 

Steps:

 

  • Take your white t-shirt and crumple it real good. 

Nebula tie-dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Tie it with rubber bands or strings randomly.

Nebula tie dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Splash your dye on the crumpled tied. You can be as random with splashing as you want. 

Nebula tie dye t-shirt

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

Side tip: More the rubber bands, more white space in the t-shirt.

 

 

Spiral

Give people something to turn around and look at. I say a tie-dye spiral tee is an absolute one way to go about it.

 

Steps:

 

  • Flat spread your t-shirt and find the centre point. Use a fork to rotate the t-shirt clockwise. Twist until you get a spiral.

Spiral tie dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Once you get a spiral, tie 6 rubber bands over the twisted t-shirt. 

Spiral tie dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Splash the dye over and about and wait for the magic.

Spiral tie dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Voila!

Spiral tie and dye t-shirt

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

 

Bull's Eye

Rest assured, this tie-dye design hit right where it's supposed to, in the eyes of the beholder. 

 

Steps:

 

  • Pick your centre of t-shirt and tie a rubber band at a distance.

Bull's eye tie and dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Keep tying the rubber band until you reach the length. 

Bull's eye tie and dye

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

  • Now splash the dye thoroughly and wait...

Bull's eye tie and dye top

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

 

 

A piece of advice though, If there is just one tee to experiment with then try your hand on a simple handkerchief to get the hang of it.


Life! don't seem colourless now, does it?

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