Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dip Dye Studded Shorts&Tie Dye Tshirt

Hello Guys, today I'm gunna show you how to make a dip dye studded shorts& a tie dye tshirt.

---For Shorts:

What you'll need:

Hot water
An old- a new white shorts
Fabric dyes
Mixing Stick


1- Take some large buckets or bowls outside, or into a garage—someplace where making a mess won't be a problem—and fill them with hot water.

2- Add clothing dye. Water paint will work, however there are brands out there just for dyeing clothes. Then, add ½ cup of salt to the dye, and stir with mixing stick.

3- Wet the part of the shorts you want to dye. Squeeze out excess water. Now, start the dipping process. Holding the shorts, with the rubber gloves on, dip the shorts into the dye. Keep dipping the shorts in and out until you feel as though you’ve reached the desired color. Leave the shorts dying for approx 30 minutes. But I didn't want to wait too much, thats why I left them for 15 mins. Also, if you want two or more colours, as I did, redo this step again till you achieve what you want your shorts to look like.

5- Take them out and soak them in a sink, bucket, or bathtub for 5 to 10 mins.

6- Lay flat, and let the shorts dry. Wash them 'alone'.

7-Yeah, time to stud!! Use your creavity n' stud your shorts. 

8- Ta daa!! Your shorts are ready to wear. ^^

---For tshirts:
You will need what you need for shorts without studs/spikes-if you still want, use them- And this time you won't need buckets instead you can buy dye kits very easily in the craft stores, which come with everything you need. They include rubber gloves, rubber bands, soda ash,urea and complete easy to follow instructions. The dyes are already in the squeeze bottles, all you have to add is warm water (not hot) Other alternatives include buying single packages of dyes. These also come with the necessary urea and soda ash and instructions for mixing. However you would need to purchase some squeeze bottles separately if you don't have any. 
If you are like me and not using a pre-packaged kit, you will need the following; Procion dye, rubber bands, rubber gloves, squeeze bottles for the dye, urea and soda ash. Oh yes, don't forget to have paper towels and old rags to mop up the spills. Tie-dying does not have to be messy!


1- The shirt, fit to be dyed ofc.Haha!! So, take your old/new white tshirt. I prefer  new ones. If you think your old ones is need to be renewed, take it ^^.

2- Prepare your dyes, I used 3 colours: purple, green, and dark blue.

3- To enable the Procion dyes to bond with the shirt, you need to soak it in a solution of WARM water and soda ash for about 10 minutes. Follow the instructions given with the soda ash so that you have the right mix. Do not use water that is too hot or too cold - and add a couple of table spoonfuls of common salt to the mix too!! Make sure the mixture is thorougly dissolved before adding the shirt. The temperature of the water should be about the same as a baby's bath haha!! As the soda ash is slightly caustic you may want to wear rubber gloves at this point. After soaking, wring the shirt out thoroughly. The more liquid that you can squeeze out, the more dye will be able to get in!

4- After you have soaked and wrung out the shirt,  and place the shirt on a flat surface. Place it right side down, as you will then get a sharper pattern on the front of the shirt. Of course if you want the sharper pattern on the back - well, you know! Place the dowel rod, (or your finger, or a wooden clothes pin) in the centre of the shirt and start turning clockwise until you have a nice flat pie shape. You can also turn counter-clockwise if you prefer, it makes no difference really.

5- Do not allow the shirt to creep up the dowel rod, make it behave with the hand not turning the dowel rod! You are now ready to remove the dowel and put on the rubber bands.

6- Slip several bands on, then turn the shirt over and put on some more. This keeps its shape. Keep the whole thing as flat as you can. Your are now ready to dye! Yay!!

7-  Squirt the shirt. Squirt an assortment of colored dyes onto your bound-up shirt. You can do one color per section, mix and match. When doing the actually dying bit, you will need to cover your working surface with plastic. Something like a plastic table cloth will work fine. You also need to wear old clothes, old shoes, etc. The dyes will stain your clothes, the floor, the walls, the ceiling, etc. So if you are not working outside please be careful. The dyes are harmless to your skin, but if you don't wear rubber gloves you will achieve red, yellow or blue dyed hands, which won't wash off like mine.

 But there is a product which removes dye from the skin instantly, so you don't have to suffer "raindbow hand" syndrome :D

8- Wash it. When dried, wash in washer in hot water alone so all dye is washed out. Set the washer on the long cycle—it should take about 20-25 minutes.

9- And!! Wear your colours!

If anyone has a  question, pls ask me^^
Thanks for reading!

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