Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.
Do you remember wearing tie dye clothing in elementary and junior high school? I used to love this DIY craft but it always seemed so messy and time consuming. I’m not sure if the Rit Dye products have changed or that I just have more patience, either way, it’s not hard to do.
The hardest part was finding an article of clothing that I wanted to dye! I signed up to attend the Radiant Orchid Summer party so in preparation I wanted to have something to wear in radiant purple. I purchased a summer tank and canvas slip-on sneakers at Kmart and turned them from cotton white to a tie dye purple which came out really nice.
Add 1/2 cup of salt and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid to help fabric absorb dye.
Heat water to boiling. Dampen shirt with warm water then twist and wrap with rubber bands.
Pour boiled water into a tub, add package of Rit Dye, salt and dishwashing liquid then stir gently to dissolve. Make sure to cover your work surface with a plastic covering, I used a Dollar Tree tablecloth.
Put shirt into tub of water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes, the longer you keep it in the darker the color will be.
For the canvas sneakers, I used a paint brush to cover the rubber sides with Vaseline to prevent dye from staining.
Use painters tape or masking tape which probably would have been better to add a stripe or patterns to the sneakers.
Use a sponge brush to lightly paint the canvas, you can go over it several times to make it darker, just take your time.
After soaking the shirt for the desired amount of time, carefully discard water, I poured mine into the toilet and immediately flushed to prevent staining.
Rinse shirt in cold water until it runs clear or take it outside and use a garden hose to rinse. I kept pouring my water into the toilet because it was late.
Wash in cold water using same color or old towels and two sheets of Shout Color Catchers.
While waiting for the shirt to wash, I added a little ‘Bling’ to the back of the sneakers using E6000 glue.
I hung the shirt to dry and wore it the next day to the #RadiantOrchidSummer party which you can read about here
Let’s Chat: Do you like Tie Dye clothing?