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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Summer Fun #12: Craft Tutorial: Tie-Dyeing T-Shirts

First you take a plain, white T-shirt that has been washed and decide where you want to start your design.
Then you twist the cloth and tie rubber bands to hold the cloth every inch or few inches.

Next place them in an already-prepared dye bath. We used 1/2 cup of liquid Rit dye and 1 cup of salt to 2 gallons of HOT water.

Keep the shirts stirred and under the dye. They want to float to the surface.

After 5-7 minutes, take them out. You will need to use tongs as they are hot.

Spray off with a hose to cool the cloth and to rinse off the dye so it won't get on the white parts.
Now it is time to reveal your masterpiece. Each one is unique.

Some worry that it won't turn out...

...but they are always beautiful...

...and unique.
If you want to add more colors, you can wrap your dry T-shirt again.

And put it in a second dye bath of another color.
You will get three colors: the colors of your dye and the third color will be the two colors combined.

Finished T-shirts, Camp Bergenholtz 2008

Finished T-shirts, Camp Bergenholtz, 2009

Finished T-shirts, Camp Bergenholtz, 2010
Camp Bergenholtz, 2012
Camp Bergenholtz, 2013



  1. What an amazing tutorial! Thank you so much for posting on Creative Friday:)

  2. These turned out beautifully.

  3. Those turned out great! What wonderful family shirts :)

  4. Beautiful!!!! Or should I say "Far out!"

  5. The shirts came out sooo cool looking!
    The kids looked like they had such fun making them : )

  6. Bother it's not liking me commenting. They turned out very cool

  7. Your t-shirts are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with the All Year Round Carnival. :) I've featured your post here: http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/all-year-round-week-nineteen-7-summer.html


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