Jacquard Horizontal Band Tie Dye T-shirt

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by Noelle Faulkner, Jacqaurd

Jacquard Horizontal Band Tie Dye T-shirt

The Horizontal Band is an easy design to do well with Jacquard's Tie Dye Kit! Place it anywhere on a shirt, across the chest, at the bottom, accent the sleeves or turn it on end to make a vertical band instead!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Prepare your work area by spreading plastic sheeting over your work table and secure it with some tape.
  • 2
    Dissolve 1 cup of soda ash in 1 gallon of hot water. Allow the water to cool then soak the shirt. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Remove shirt and wring out.
  • 3
    Lay a damp shirt flat on the table, I usually have the front side up. Smooth out wrinkles and align seams at sides and shoulders. Begin fold under one sleeve by pinching about 1/2" between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • 4
    Continue pinching folds across the shirt, straighten the pleats as you go by pulling at the ends as shown.
  • 5
    When you have reached the opposite side, slide one end of the kite string under the folds, about 4" below the underarm, tie gently.
  • 6
    Wrap string around folds in this same spot. Do this a couple of times, pulling a little more snugly each time. The tighter you tie, the more that spot will resist the dye. Move up (toward the armpit) about 1" to begin a new wrap, gently on the first go ‘round then tighter on the next two.
  • 7
    Move up another 1" and wrap again. Move up an 1" one more time and wrap. What you have now is three tied off areas ready for you to apply color. Leave the top and bottom of the shirt untied.
  • 8
    Add warm water to each bottle with dye and shake until the dye is dissolved. Note: Hard water will affect the quality of color you can achieve. For brightest results, use distilled water.
  • 9
    Be generous with your dye application to get rich blended colors. Keep paper towels handy to mop up extra dye as you go, otherwise your shirt will soak up the extra dye and you'll end up with colors you weren't expecting! Apply Magenta in the center section of the tied band. Apply Golden Yellow in each section on either side of the Magenta. Let the colors bleed into each other a bit to create bits of orange in the finished color band. Work the tip of the squirt bottle into the folds to get the dye inside--the more dye you get in there, the less white you will have in your finished piece. Squirt Bright Blue on the untied ends of the shirt close to the Golden Yellow tied section. Allow the blue to work on top of the yellow a bit, it's what gives that nice green accent at the edges. Randomly squirt Bright Blue and Magenta over the top and bottom untied ends of the shirt. Apply a generous amount of dye so that these two colors blend to give a lovely purple. Turn the shirt over and apply the colors in the same way on the back. Place dyed shirt in a zip-lock bag and let sit for 24-48 hrs in a warm place (but not in direct sunlight).
  • 10
    After 24-48 hours, remove shirt from the zip-lock bag and rinse in cool water. Carefully cut the strings and continue rinsing, gradually increasing the temperature of the water until it is hot. When the water is almost clear you can stop rinsing. Wash the shirt with liquid detergent in a washing machine set for hot wash/cold rinse. Hang or machine dry.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Gildan®T-Shirt White (100% Cotton)
  • Jacqaurd Tie Dye Kit 104136925
  • Plastic Surface Cover
  • Paper Towel
  • Kite String