52 Week Challenge: #23 DIY Tie-Dye Shirt

Tuesday, July 3

Here's my second adventure in Tie-Dying.  I'm really happy with how my shirt came out. I just love using this dying technique, it's so exciting because you never know how it's going to come out. This was my first attempt. So far I've been pleasantly surprised. Here's what you'll need to make your own:

>>>A t-shirt made of %100 percent natural fibers, this can be cotton, linen, silk, rayon, bamboo, etc. I thrifted mine.
>>>Salt, I used about 1/2 cup for this shirt.
>>>Powdered or liquid dye. I used half a packet of Rit dye that I had left over from my last project.
>>>Rubber bands. You can also use string or twine if you have it laying around.
With my scarf, I created stripes, so this time I wanted to make a sunburst design, so I pinched the middle of the shirt and tied a rubber band. This will be the center of your design.
Continue to secure rubber bands along the shirt, until the last one is wrapped around the sleeves and the bottom hem of the shirt.
Prepare your dye bath according to instructions. I diluted my dye with about 2 cups of very warm water.
Bring a large pot of water and the salt to simmer, then add the dye and stir. Carefully drop your shirt into the bath. Even though the Rit instructions say that you can leave your garment in the bath for up to 20-50 min, I was worried that leaving it in there for too long, would let the dye seep through the rubber bands, making the shirt solid. So, I just let it simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring.
Remove the shirt from the bath and immediately run it under cold water to set the dye. Cut the rubber bands, and rinse until the water runs clear. Then hang it out to dry.
Here's how it came out, what do you think?
I am absolutely in love with tie-dying now. I'm so looking forward to finding some new colors, tackling new patterns, and sharing them all with you!  
Happy crafting!


  1. LOOOVE this!! Have to try it soon!

  2. this is so cute:) i just tye dyed 40+ shirts for a kids program...so i'm not sure i can handle doing one for myself anytime soon, but great tutorial!!! :)

  3. Awesome! I've had a white tank and purple dye for awhile now. Can't decide whether to tie or dip. :)


  4. I have some dye left at home. I'm definitely doing this. Thanks for sharing! :D

  5. An understated tee can often make the outfit completely. Looks fab!

  6. I have to say this once again - you're a master at this! It really looks gorgeous.


  7. Looks AMAZING with your hair !

  8. Not only did you do an awesome tie-dye job, you make that shirt look GOOOOOOD!! :)

  9. Looks great!!! I love the color. ♥Lindsay

  10. Love this project! So want to try it myself now :-)

  11. HI Lauren! I love this shirt project, the color is beautiful!!! We sound so alike! I live in Orange County with my boyfriend and kitty too! Love your blog, just stopping by and saying hello!


  12. Lauren, you are pretty darn talented! I love the way this came out. And beautiful photos as always :) I hope you're having a great week.

  13. this looks awesome.
    way better than the ones i made back in the day.
    xo the egg out west.

  14. I think I'm going to have to tie-dye tomorrow. :) New follower from Gypsy in Jasper.

  15. Love your Tie Dye! Im currently running a DIY crafts camp- one of the girls recently used a red and yellow shirt i tie dyed for her fringe tee shirt bag. http://dontmisit.blogspot.com/2012/07/fringe-tee-shirt-bags.html They now want to dye. Definitely going to use your technique. Thank you very much for sharing!
    xox, Margo Isadora

  16. This is not your average summer sleepover tye dyed tee. Love it!

  17. I love how it turned out with that circle in the middle :) And your posed shots are so flippin gorgeous!

  18. I always think of tie-dying as incredibly colorful and overwhelming, but this is really pretty! I love the pattern with the circle and the teal color, too!

  19. Thank's for this pattern, love that, and gonna make it!!!

  20. wow this turned out awesome, it looks soo good!!

  21. Followed your steps and mine turned out almost exactly like yours, which is fabulous! Thanks so much for posting this!

  22. I love this - really like the colors of yours :)

  23. This is so lovely idea! All fashion fans you can find a unique collection of tee shirts in awesome colors and style as well!

  24. Love your beauty pic.
    Such You are so beautiful now
    Van Heusen for Men


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