Rit Enamel Blue Tie-Dye T-shirt

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by Rebecca Fretty, Rit

Rit 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 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, shake the dye bottle and mix approximately 4 tablespoons or 1/4 cup Royal Blue with hot water in a squeeze bottle. Test the color by dripping dye onto a scrap of paper towel. If too light, add more dye. Too dark, add more water. Shake the bottle to mix well. 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 clean spray bottle 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. Remove the t-shirt from the microwave, unwrap, and throw away the plastic wrap.
  • 7
    Rinse in the sink until the water runs clear and then n wash by hand or in the washing machine with an old towel. Air dry or throw in the dryer and tah-dah! A really cool new t-shirt inspired by Chinese blue and white enamel ginger jars.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • •Rit Dye Liquid in Royal Blue
  • •White T-Shirt with Lace Islet (Sized to Fit), Medium-Sized Plastic Bin, Microwave, Measuring Cups & Measuring Spoons, Squeeze Bottle, Plastic Wrap & Rubber Gloves
  • •Elmer's 4 oz. Washable School Glue Gel