Rit St. Patrick's Day Tye Dye Socks

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by Barbara Warholic, Rit

Rit St. Patrick's Day Tye Dye Socks

Looking to wear some green on St. Patrick’s Day and catch the luck of the Irish? Find a pair of cotton socks, old or new, wrap them with rubber bands and dye them Kelly Green to create Rit St. Patrick's Day Tye Dye Socks!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1/2 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include time to wash and dry the socks.
  • 2
    Prewash and dry socks to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Cover table with plastic sheet or tablecloth to protect work surface.
  • 3
    Wrap 8 rubber bands horizontally around each sock, spacing them about 1-1/4 inch apart. (The tighter the bands are wrapped, the more white area there will be.) Dip socks in water; squeeze out excess. Set aside.
  • 4
    Wearing rubber gloves, measure and mix 4 tablespoons Kelly Green dye with 2 cups very hot water (140°); stir well. Note: If water is not hot enough, heat water in the microwave or tea kettle. Immerse socks in dye solution and let soak for 5 – 10 minutes, until you receive your desired color. Add more dye, if needed.
  • 5
    Remove socks and rinse in cool water. Remove rubber bands and continue rinsing until water runs clear. Then wash with warm water and detergent; rinse and dry.
  • 6
    Tie a St. Patrick’s Day ribbon around each sock in a bow. Trim off excess.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1/2 hour

Project Supplies

  • Rit 1-1/8 oz. Powdered Dye Kelly Green 104131225 Pair of 100% Cotton Socks White
  • Measuring Cup
  • Morex Sweet Petites Ribbon 3/8 inch x 3 yard Shamrock Green 104753441
  • Plastic Container
  • Disposable Spoon
  • Rubber Bands (16)
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Scissors