Jacquard Rounded Yoke Tie Dye T-shirt

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by Noelle Faulkner, Jacqaurd

Jacquard Rounded Yoke Tie Dye T-shirt

Try this fun technique with Jacquard's Tie Dye Kit to create embellishment around the neckline of any top or tank!

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 and fold in half lengthwise with the front outside, matching sleeves and shoulders. Smooth out wrinkles. Begin fold at the shoulder seam, between the neck and sleeve by pinching about ½'' between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • 4
    Continue pinching pleats, moving toward the center front fold, straightening the pleats as you go. Be sure that the pleats end in the neck and not in the center fold to ensure that the yoke is as round as possible.
  • 5
    Begin the tie by sliding one end of the kite string underneath the folds at the neck. Tie gently, then wrap the string around again (in the same place) and pull snug---the tighter you pull, the more dye will be resisted in that line. Move about 1'' toward the sleeve to begin the next wrap, gently on the first round to get the string in place and then tighter. Continue in this fashion until the yoke is as big as you want it and tie off. You may stop at the top of the sleeve for a smaller yoke, or include the sleeves for a larger one. Leave the bottom of the shirt untied.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    Starting at the neck of the shirt, apply the dye in the following order, one color in each tied-off band, repeating until you run out of tied-off bands: Bright Blue, Golden Yellow, Magenta. As you apply the dye, work the tip of your squirt bottle well into the folds, the more dye you work into the folds the less white you will have on your finished shirt. Be generous with your dye application to get rich, blended colors. Use paper towels to blot up extra dye as you go, sometimes too many colors blending together will just make mud! When you have finished applying dye to this side, turn the shirt over and repeat the same process on the other side. For the bottom of the shirt, use all three colors squirted on at random and squeezed together to help blending. Place the dyed shirt in a zip-lock bag and let sit for 24-48 hours in a warm place (but not in direct sunlight).
  • 8
    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