Tie Dye T-Shirt

45 Minutes | All | Indoors

How to make a Tie Dye T-Shirt with Sharpie Pens



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Tie Dye T-Shirt

45 Minutes | All | Indoors

  • White t-shirt
  • Surgical spirit (Rubbing alcohol)
  • Spray Bottle or dropper
  • Sharpies / Permanent Markers
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)
  • Cardboard (to place between the layers of the shirt)
  • Iron

  1. Remember your colour combinations when applying the markers
  2. Use colours next to each other that complement each other i.e. blue & green, yellow & orange, etc
  3. Remember - Green bleeds to yellow and red bleeds to pink
  4. And lastly, Purple + yellow or green = brown, Blue + orange = brown, Green + red = brown
  5. Let’s get started
  6. Take your white t-shirt and put the embroidery hoop in place (this will give you a nice, tight and flat area to work with) if you are using one, then place your cardboard in the middle of the shirt – between the front and the back layers
  7. This stops the ink going through the layers and marking the back of your shirt
  8. Take your markers and start drawing dots over the shirt – remember your colour combinations!
  9. Create your pattern wherever you like on the t-shirt
  10. Take your Surgical spirit and spray or drop it over your painting – you should see the ink dispersing out making patterns across your shirt
  11. Leave your shirt to dry completely
  12. Once completely dry, iron your t-shirt on a medium heat for a few mins (ask an adult to help you with this bit!)
  13. The ironing helps set the colour so when you wash your t-shirt the ink does not bleed
  14. Make sure you wash your t-shirt on a cool wash

  • Iron will be hot once turned on
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