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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

IN FIVE STEPS: She comes in colors ev'rywhere

I spent most of today dyeing t-shirts. My hands have turned a slight purple-ish red.
It wasn't to hard, except that I was dying four different colors and I had to repeat all of the steps.


First Step: Pick out your colors and dye. I used Rit Dye Golden Yellow, Purple, and Scarlet Red.
Feel free to mix them! Always refer to your color wheel (thank you Mrs. Profitt)

Second Step:  Find something to dye. In this case, I dyed new white T-shirts. However, you can dye a piece of clothing you already have. It doesn't have to be a shirt either. It can be a jacket, a cloth bag, your underwear...etc.
Make sure the material of whatever you choose to dye won't be destroyed during the process. Also, keep in mind of the color. For example, if you are dying something black to green, you might have to bleach it before you dye it.

Third Step:  Add hot water to a big pan and add in the dye and shirts. Wait 15 to 30 minutes. I always wait a good solid 30 minutes just to make sure the color wont fade out when I do the final wash.

Fourth Step:  Make sure you are constantly stirring during the 30 minutes. This helps to distribute the color evenly onto the material. You also want to periodically check and make sure your material is the color you want it to be. When the 30 minutes are up, take that t-shirt out and run it under some cold water!

Fifth Step: After washing the shirts in cold water, wash them with a mid detergent in the washing machine.  What that's done, hang them to dry!

If you do not have access to a stove, the Rit Dye includes directions on how to dye your clothing by using your washing machine. I never risk doing that knowing I might permanently stain my mama's washing machine.
All in all it takes about an hour to do and it's fairly cheap too. One powder packet of Rit Dye is $1.66 at Walmart, and a Liquid container of Rite Dye is $2.78 also at Walmart (more bang for your buck).

A HUGE Thank you to Mr. Joey Scala for getting everything I used! I will let you all know when the shirts are done, until then....

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