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Video:How to Create Tie Dye Lines

with Jen D'Amore

This video demonstrates two methods for creating tie dye lines or stripes on t-shirts. See how simple it is to create tie dye lines on clothing.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Create Tie Dye Lines

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to tie dye lines.

Supplies to Tie Dye Lines

You'll need:
  • White t-shirts
  • Fabric dye
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Plastic or rubber gloves
  • Plastic bags
  • A tray with a grate
  • A bucket of water
And you probably want to wear clothes that you don't mind ruining or splashing dye on.

Prepare the T-shirt for Tie Dying

Damp fabric will ease the spreading of the dye. So first, dunk that shirt and squeeze it out. On this shirt we'll do vertical lines, so we'll roll it up from the bottom. Always roll perpendicular to the direction that you want the line. Then rubber band the roll making the rubber bands tight. Keep in mind that the rubber banded areas will resist the dye, and that's what creates the lines. The tighter the rubber band, the more defined the line. You can dye it all one color or dye each section a different color for multicolored stripes. You can also roll up the sleeves to create a line that circles the arm.

Creating the Tie Dye Lines

Another way to create lines or stripes, is to accordion fold the shirt. Add a few rubber bands to hold it in place. Then apply one color to the front side of the folds, and another color to the back.

Wrap it in plastic bags or saran wrap and let it sit overnight to set.

Wash it out until the water runs clear...and see what you’ve got.

Wash them in hot water with a little detergent. Other ways to set the dye include adding vinegar to the wash or using a hot iron when they're dry.

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