April 16, 2012

DIY: Sharpie Tie Dye





So I am really into 70's stuff! I'm always looking at my parents yearbooks and seeing how everything was 40 years ago! The Earthbound store is probably one of my favorite stores to find hippie type stuff! or thrifting!! So the other day I realized my only tie dye shirt was fading its colors (it was almost completely white! Yikes!) So I decided I would make a new tie dye shirt! But this time instead of dye I used Sharpies!! Here's how to do it!

Materials Needed:
White Shirt 
Rubbing Alcohol 
Colorful Sharpies


To begin, place a hard surface underneath the white shirt to prevent bleeding on to the other side. Next, I used a can of soup to trace out where I wanted my different circle patterns to be. Once you have your ideal pattern laid out, Use sharpies to create circular patterns on shirt. 










 Once you have your desired design drop alcohol onto circles. The less alcohol you use the better result you get in my opinion.  Wait for alcohol to completely dry then enjoy!(two different results shown below  depending on how much alcohol you put on.) 

To wash the shirt I suggest handwashing with color-protecting detergent! 







 Once you have your desired design drop alcohol onto circles. The less alcohol you use the better result you get in my opinion.  Wait for alcohol to completely dry then enjoy!(two different results shown below  depending on how much alcohol you put on.) 

To wash the shirt I suggest handwashing with color-protecting detergent! 


11 comments:

  1. Very cool idea! My 14th bday gift was this awesome tye dye shirt from Utopia. My fave store. They sold out when they went corporate. Ugh. Lolz.
    Is there a way to make it more tye dye like?

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  2. So cute! Can't wait to try this with my kids - thanks for the great idea!

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  3. so pretty!!! I want to try this!!! can you post a photo after you wash it?

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  4. Super cool! I tried it and it looked great! But after i washed it, it faded....

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    1. One way to set color is soak the shirt in a combination of vinegar and water. This is commonly used to pre-set highly saturated colors in clothing so the color does not wash out or rub off on the wearer.

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  5. If you iron it or put it in the dryer it will help the color set better...

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  6. Super Cute! Love this idea girls.

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  7. Very cute! Make sure to give credit to the blog/person who created that last t-shirt design, tho (http://babyshanahan.blogspot.com/2011/08/sharpie-tie-dye-t-shirt-craft.html)!

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    1. No problem! I'm glad you liked it! Feel free to check out some other posts too!

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