Jacquard Scrunch Tie Dye T-shirt

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by Noelle Faulkner, Jacqaurd

Jacquard Scrunch Tie Dye T-shirt

Use Jacquard's Tie Dye Kit to create this cool effect. Use it alone or in combination with other folds to create fun, summer t-shirts, tanks, or shorts!

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
    Place a damp shirt flat on the table, front side up. Starting at the center of the shirt (or in an untied section if you are scrunching in combination with another fold) pinch small (½'') folds in a random fashion.
  • 4
    Keep scrunching until the whole shirt is a mass of folds, keeping the folds small and tight so that you'll get the most interesting end result.
  • 5
    Slide the kite string under the shirt and tie across the center, leaving an extra ‘tail' for tying off at the end. Rotate and tie across the center again at a 90 degree angle to the first (like tying a package).
  • 6
    Continue tying the bundle by pulling the string across the top, placing it about 1'' from the previous tie, sliding underneath the bundle and coming up the other side, pulling snug as you go. Tie off with the ‘tail' left at the beginning. Don't worry if your tying is a bit random, the most important thing is to catch up all the edges and to keep the scrunching held tightly in place, the cool little "spider webs" of color come from the dye creeping into the tight areas.
  • 7
    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.
  • 8
    This design looks best when you use just a few colors and really let them blend together. Generously apply all three colors randomly over the entire shirt, on both sides. Get the tip of your squirt bottle deep into all of the folds so that you get dye on all parts of the shirt (the fewer white spots the better). 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).
  • 9
    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