DIY Lifestyle Episode 3- Tie Dye a T-shirt

A DIY Lifestyle is a podcast series that demonstrates how to do a variety of different crafts and projects that you can do yourself. You can see tutorials from refinishing furniture, sewing projects, and even how to make yard art for your home.

For this podcast, I recorded my audio in Garageband, and then imported it into iMovie along with the photos for it.

This episode is a step-by-step demonstration on how I tie dyed a t-shirt.

Show Notes:

Supplies needed for this project:

  1. Rubber gloves
  2. Rubber bands
  3. Dye (Red, Yellow, Blue)
  4. Soda Ash Dye Fixer
  5. Old towels/sheets
  6. Plastic tub
  7. Large Ziploc bag
  8. Large spoon
  9. White t-shirt(s)

** The dye, gloves, rubber bands and the soda ash dye fixer I purchased in a kit at Hobby Lobby for $12.00


  1. Fill the tub with 2 gallons of hot water, or at least enough water to submerge a t-shirt.
  2. Add soda ash dye fixer and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Place the t-shirt in the mixture and let it soak for 20 minutes.
  4. While waiting, add warm water to the dye. Be sure to wear gloves for this step. Shake until the dye is dissolved and is now a liquid.
  5. After 20 minutes, remove shirt from the mixture and ring it out but DO NOT rinse it.
  6. Lay the shirt flat and create the shape or design you want on the shirt. I did a spiral design.
  7. To get the spiral look, you want to determine where on the shirt you want the spiral to begin, and then pinch it with the tips of your fingers to grab a hold of it. Then, begin twirling the shirt, and it will automatically go into a spiral shape.
  8. Take your rubber bands and begin placing them around the shirt to hold it in place. I put 6 on mine, but 4 would be enough. I did 6 so I wouldn’t have such large areas of just one color.
  9. Begin dying the shirt. Try and keep the like colors across from one another. I also based my color placement on what colors would be created when they mixed together. Make sure you get the die in all the layers of the shirt. The die will only absorb so much at the surface. Failure to do this will leave a lot of white space on your shirt. Be sure to flip it over and dye the bottom too.
  10. When finished, place in a large Ziploc bag and let sit for 12-24 hours.
  11. Remove from bag and rinse the shirt out until it rinses clear water.
  12. Wash with like colors.

Have fun!


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