Tie Dye Tips: Summer Camp Series with SWB

It’s summer time! And you know what that means…

Long, lazy days where the kids spend all their time in the sun, the pool, the yard…and then you hear it. The song of summer: “Moooooom! I’m booooored!”

Never fear! Sewing With Boys is kicking off our Summer Camp Series, and will be featuring fun tips and tutorials from some of your favorite bloggers to help you spark creativity all summer long!

It seems like one of the most popular projects for the summer is tie dying! Since my two and I recently tie dyed our own shirts to prepare for the 4th of July, I thought I’d share a brief run-down of our process…and our results! 

To start with, with a 7 year old and a 4 year old, I chose the easiest tie dye kit I could find: pre-made, pre-bottled. The kit came with rubber bands, but I recommend splurging for an extra bag at the dollar store. 

We followed the packaged instructions, and left our shirts to set for about 10 hours. 

When rinsing the shirts, I used cold water on one, and hot water on the other. With the cold water rinse, the whites stayed truer. However, I released more of the extra dye off the tee with the hot water rinse. 

I put each shirt onto a cookie pan after I rinsed it, to keep any stray dye contained. It also made it very easy to carry the shirts to the washer, without worrying about excess dripping. 

My biggest hassle with this project was not, surprisingly, keeping the kids dye-free. It was keeping myself dye free. The gloves provided were bulky and large, and made it hard to work on the project. (You can see spots on the shirts where blue dye touched red dye. I blame the gloves.) So I did what seemed rational at the time. I took off the gloves. 

Yeah. Not my finest moment. I briefly looked like I was turning Smurf, and I tried a couple of remedies to get dye off my fingers. What worked out the best for me (besides time) was a mixture of Dawn dish soap and baking soda. 

Also, I should mention that I washed our shirts in cold water, not the hot the package recommended. I added an extra rinse, too. (Just for those who worry about staining their washer, I ran an empty rinse cycle just to be sure before washing a regular load, and have had no problems with the following loads.) 

So there you have it! Our tie-dying tips!

Stay tuned for more Summer fun with the Sewing With Boys Summer Camp Series! 

*This post was previously featured over at Bluebird & the Boy


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