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Doin’ You: Quick and easy tie dye

Channel your inner hippie that you found this summer in a tent at a music festival

Taylor Evans
Gateway Writer
Aug 14, 2014


The majority of summer music festivals have come to a close, but you can keep your inner hippie childhood/summer camp self alive with an easy day of tie-dye craft making. Start off with an old white shirt, and eventually move your way up to a hemp skirt.

You’ll need:

-Old, white t-shirt
-Different coloured clothing dyes (no, food colouring is not the same thing)
-Old water bottles for each colour of dye
-Elastic bands
-Knife or scissors

Step 1: First, you must prep before your artistic bliss and organize your dyes. Put each solution in a different bottle and shake to make sure they’re properly mixed. Then puncture a small hole in the lid of the water bottle with a knife, or a pair of scissors to make the application process easier.

Step 2:  Take your shirt and immerse it into warm water. It’s important to have your article of clothing wet so that when you apply your dyes you see how the solution will spill when you eventually wash it. (Tip: Don’t wash it).

Step 3: Lay your shirt down flat. Now comes the folding and twirling, which has many variations. For a kaleidoscope effect, twirl your shirt from the centre and then use the elastics to hold the shirt in places. For stripes, roll your tee horizontally or vertically and the use the elastics to hold the rolled shirt in place and for the places where you’d like to see white. 
Step 4: Now you can start splashing dyes. It is a tie-dye t-shirt after all, so don’t worry about putting too much thought into it. Be careful not to muddle up the colours too much or else it will turn out looking muddy.

Step 5: Let that baby dry and following the washing instruction specific to the brand of clothing dye you used.

Step 6: Wear your tie-dye with pride. Consider it a tribute as you wear it around campus to all the fun times you had this past summer. From dancing without shoes, to falling asleep on a grassy hill — your tie-dye is a badge of honour.

 

Doin’ You is a semi-regular Gateway feature that helps students learn ballin’ life skills without their mom’s help.

 



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