Rit Color Perfect Enamel Blue Tie-Dye T-shirt

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by Rebecca Fretty, Rit

Rit Color Perfect Enamel Blue Tie-Dye T-shirt

This t-shirt was inspired by Chinese ginger jar lamps. Follow the instructions and you, too, can emulate the pretty pattern of Blue and White melting into one another.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include neither the drying time for the glue, nor the time to wash or dry the t-shirt near the end of this project.
  • 2
    Lay newspaper or a plastic table cover over your work space.
  • 3
    Dot glue on different parts of the lace accents on the t-shirt and let dry. Apply the glue in any random pattern you want. The glue acts as a resist, stopping the dye from being absorbed into that part of the fabric, giving the shirt extra spots of White after it is dyed.
  • 4
    After the glue has dried, wet the t-shirt with hot water from the tap and then fold in a random way into the plastic bin.
  • 5
    Wearing rubber gloves, affix the pour top onto the bottle of Enamel Blue. Screw on tightly and then shake it to mix the dye solution thoroughly. Open the pour top by turning it like a glue bottle. Then pour in random stripes around the t-shirt and allow time to absorb into the fabric. How much you pour on is up to you. For the best effect, don't over do it. Remember that the dye will migrate and spread across the fabric. After pouring the dye, spritz the t-shirt with a plant mister to get the dye to migrate/spread further.
  • 6
    After about 10 minutes, wrap the t-shirt in plastic wrap still in its folded state and place the wrapped t-shirt in the microwave for 45 seconds. This just helps heat set the dye in the t-shirt.
  • 7
    Rinse the plastic bin to clean it of excess dye. Remove the t-shirt from the microwave, throw away the plastic wrap and unfold the t-shirt over the now clean plastic bin. Spray dye fixative on the t-shirt, thoroughly covering it. Let sit in the bucket for 20 minutes.
  • 8
    Rinse in the sink until the water runs clear and then wash by hand or in the washing machine with an old towel. Air dry or throw in the dryer and you are done.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Enamel Blue 104795541
  • Rit Color Perfect Stay Dye Fixative 104795549
  • White T-Shirt with Lace Islet (Sized to Fit the Person Wearing It)
  • Medium-sized Plastic Bin
  • Elmer's 4 oz. Washable School Glue Gel 104148254
  • Microwave
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Rubber Gloves