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Bring some Color to your Wardrobe with Easy Tie-Dye

Posted by Skye McArtor on

You probably remember going to camp as a child and tie-dying shirts. The process was complicated and time-consuming but resulted in a beautifully designed shirt with a rainbow of colors. You wore that shirt proudly for the years following and might have even put it up as a memento.

Now there's a new way to make the tie-dye shirt that is both easy and fun. Best of all, you don't need a vast amount of time or resources. All you need is a t-shirt, a piece of cardboard large enough to fit under the shirt, a bottle of Isopropyl rubbing alcohol(91% is best but you can also use lower concentrations) and a set of colored permanent markers.

The idea is simple: place a piece of cardboard under the shirt to give yourself a drawing surface. Then draw designs on the shirt with the permanent markers. When you spray the shirt with the rubbing alcohol, the marker will "run" through the fabric and create a tie-dye effect.

There are no hard or fast rules as to how to decorate your shirt, and in fact you can decorate any porous surface, so if you don't have a shirt you can use a purse, book bag, hat, socks, or anything else you want to put a little bit of color into. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you start:

  1. Your design will spread due to the reaction between the rubbing alcohol and the markers, so a 'crisp' design with sharp lines look fuzzy once the shirt is finished. Instead, use dots to design your image. The final product will still look like the drawing you started out with.
  2. The more alcohol you use, the more the marker will 'run.' Put the alcohol in a spray bottle or an eyedropper to maximize control of how much alcohol you use.
  3. The shirt or fabric will have to be heated before you attempt to wear it. This allows the shirt to dry and the marker to set. You can use a hot iron for five minutes or place the shirt in a dryer for 15 minutes.

The permanent marker tie-dye shirt can add a personalized touch to your wardrobe that you can't get from the nearest Target or Wal-Mart. And if you're looking for handmade clothing for your loved one, Crafts Arts & More of Pennsylvania is showcasing one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories that are knit or crocheted from quality yarns.

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