Tuesday, October 30, 2012

adventures in tie dying

I've mentioned before that I'm a high school coach for our youth group at church, and there have been a few posts on here that have been specifically about/for the students, like the crazy pancakes we made a few months ago, and the 10 minute bracelets (we actually made these to wrap up a dating series for the students to wear as a reminder to guard their hearts).  

So, at our last coaches meeting when we were discussing what to do for our new shirts, I knew I could be helpful.  The group decided that tie-dye would be fun, and work really well, because the students would always be able to identify us quickly in a group.  I went out and picked up a tie dye kit, and we scheduled a date for the group to all come over to our house for a tie dying party.
Well, as most of the other coaches are Moms and Dads, or just have really busy schedules in general, the date just didn't work out, and we really wanted to have them for an event we threw for the students a few weeks ago.  Matt and I were happy to tackle the 10 shirts one Sunday afternoon, and it was a lot of fun!

I had never tie dyed before, so I picked up this Tie-Dye Kit from Michael's.  I used a 50% off
coupon, so this kit was only $10.
Tip: If you're going to Michael's or Hobby Lobby, never pay full price for at least one thing.  Their websites have 40-50% off coupons on their site every week and you can either print at home, or they will accept the coupon on your smartphone.  It is not a rare sight for me to be pulling up the coupon in the aisle at Michael's to get my discount!

This kit was pretty cute. The directions looked like a comic strip, and it even came with a DVD to show how to make the different styles.
The first step is to prep your shirts, in a Soda Ash bath for at least 30 minutes.
While they were soaking, we turned on the DVD, which was a bit goofy, but very helpful.
 One of the most important tips I can share with you on this project is to make sure you are protecting your counter, your hands, and your clothes (Don't wear something you don't want accidentally ruined!).
Once our area was prepped, Matthew rung out each of the shirts and then spun and tied them with rubber bands, like they showed us in the video...we decided that the spiral was the most classic look and that would be the best for everyone.
I also recommend using a drying rack like they did in the video so that you aren't placing your next shirt in a pile of dye (see below the rack?).
Then, place the shirt in a plastic bag for at least 24 hours, rise until water runs clear, and then wash by itself (or with 9 other shirts just like it, in my case). The end product was perfect!
This kit was super easy to use, and it was a lot of fun to see all these come out when they were done.  Matt and I are even thinking of doing this professionally! ha!

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