Jacquard Spiral Tie Dye T-shirt

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by Noelle Faulkner, Jacqaurd

Jacquard Spiral Tie Dye T-shirt

Learn to use Jacqaurd's Tie Dye Kit to create this classic design! It looks challenging but it's really quite simple. Soon you'll be tie dying you're whole closet!

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 the damp shirt flat on the table, front side up. Smooth out wrinkles and align seams at sides and shoulders. Decide where you want the spiral to begin. Place one end of the dowel where you want the center of the spiral. Press down firmly and turn the dowel. You will see the pleats begin to form. Continue turning, straightening, and splitting folds until you have a nice cinnamon bun shape at the end of the dowel. This design looks best when the folds are even and plentiful.
  • 4
    Remove the dowel and 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). The spiral is now divided into four parts by the string.
  • 5
    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. The finished bundle should be divided fairly evenly by the string.
  • 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
    For this shirt, imagine slices of pie, each slice will be a different color. Applying the dyes in these pie shapes make the colors spiral around the center. If you use three colors, imagine six slices, starting with Golden Yellow, then Bright Blue, then Magenta, and repeating that same order to complete the circle. Do not bring all of the colors to the very center or they will all blend together and you'll have a brownish blob at the center of your spiral. As you apply the dye, work the tip of your squirt bottle well into the folds. Use paper towels to blot up extra dye as you go, otherwise it will be absorbed by the shirt and spoil your design. When you have finished applying dye to this side, turn the shirt over and repeat the same process on the other side. 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. Enjoy wearing your wonderful spiral tie dye classic!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Gildan®T-Shirt White (100% Cotton)
  • Jacqaurd Tie Dye Kit 104136925
  • Plastic Surface Cover
  • 1/2 inch Wood Dowel
  • Paper Towel
  • Kite String