Guess what I did?? I learned how to do something new and now NO piece of white fabric in my house is safe this Summer. T-shirts and pillowcases are hiding as I type this. The cat is a little afraid too…
You’re so smart – you guessed it. I tried Tie Dye for my First. Time. EVER. as part of a fun Tie Dye Your Summer campaign to make these 4th of July Tie Dye Tea Towels. They may not be “perfect” but nobody else has them (meaning they could be worth millions some day) and either way I’m pretty proud of my first attempt.
It was so easy (and groovy and hip and all of those other things that sound better when said under a spinning disco ball).
Back Story >> I was raised in the 70’s and 80’s so I clearly just missed the “Tie Dye Revolution”. I was a little nervous to try it for the first time because… have you seen all those fantastic colors and swirls?? I was pretty sure any attempt at this on my part would come out as a big blob of all the colors in the rainbow combined (read: black).
Fortunately, I received some very fun happy mail from I Love To Create which included these “One-Step Tie-Dye Kits” from Tulip Crafts. Oh my word look at all of those colors!
So naturally, like any good Mom would do, I decided to let my Littlest be the guinea pig before trying it on the tea towels and we made a shirt together.
Operation “Kids Tie Dye Shirt” = SUCCESS!! Fortunately the directions were easy to follow:
- We mixed up the dye by adding a little water
- We tied on some rubber bands for separation
- We added the colors of choice to each section – application was simple
- We allowed the shirt to set for 8 hours and then rinsed, removed the rubber bands & washed
Seriously, just add water and everything else (aside from whatever item you are dying) comes in the kit.
This was perfect timing because we are having a 4th of July cookout and pool party in a couple of weeks and I thought it would be fun for all of the kids to make their own shirts that I could then wash and dry and deliver a few days later as a reminder of the fun.
So now for the easy tea towels. I grabbed a 4-pack of tea towels at Target for $3.99. You really can’t beat $1 per towel and the cotton is perfect for the Tie Dye.
I would back up here and tell you I first attempted a tablecloth but I didn’t realize the fabric was water resistant and it was a complete FAIL but this post is all about success, not failure, so no need to mention that, right? Awesome.
So don’t use water resistant fabric. It will not end well. Ok, moving on.
Again, since the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kits are all inclusive, I had everything I needed and started by using the rubber bands to create separation in the tea towels as I was going for red, white and blue.
It’s a little bit of a learning process since the dye spreads so sometimes a little less is best.
I used some stamps I had and a little white fabric paint to add “USA” and I freehanded a couple of stars on one of them. You can use a stencil but I like the rustic look. Yep, me and Betsy Ross.
The great thing about Tie Dye is that everything you create is one of a kind and maybe even a little bit special. Like me.
I’m looking forward to using these at our 4th of July party and I am already thinking of more things to create. I get why Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye is “America’s Favorite Tie Dye” because it was just plain fun and easy to use.
My son is also asking to make more shirts and any time we can craft a little “masterpiece” together is great.Annnd since he has wanted to wear his shirt pretty much every day, I love that the dyes are permanent and color-fast so they don’t fade in the wash. Yes, this theory has already been tested three times over here in the last week.
I’ve added a bunch of fun ideas from others below that have inspired me and you can find even MORE ideas at the I Love To Create blog and on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter. Until the next time – keep it “groovy”, my friends.
Peace, Love &