Tie Dye 4th of July T-Shirts

How to make a firework and flag design with Tie Dye
 
The boys usually buy some sort of 4th of July T-shirt, this year we decided to make our own. We found an inexpensive Tie Dye Kit at Walmart. First let me apologize for the quality of these pics, when we were on vacation Mattie broke my camera so while it is traveling to Nikon to be fixed my iPhone will have to do.
  
After looking at several patterns on the internet most without pics we decided on a spiral and a “Flag” design. For the swirl that looks like fireworks here is the process. First you want to wet your T-shirt then wring it out so it is damp but not soaked.
 
 
Then you use your thumb and pointer finger and pinch the middle of the shirt and start twisting.
 
Keep Twisting until you get something like a rosette.
 
Then put the rubber bands around like the spokes on a wagon wheel.
 
The kit we bought gave us the bottles of dye we just put water in and shook them, they also provided the rubber bands and plastic gloves. To make the pinwheel design you alternate between the bands the colors you are using, after we were done we left them out in the sun to dry some on a plastic grocery bag.
 
For the Flag T-shirt we folded the shirt in an accordion style all the way across. It’s easy just back and forth like a fan.
 
Then you space out your rubber bands along the length of the shirt. 
 
We put the blue dye on the 1st third of the shirt, then the red on the rest. This Tie Dye 4th of July shirt project was great because the kids could help. I held the shirt while Matthew squirted on the dye. The hardest part was trying to get those big gloves on Mattie.

In this pic you can see Garrett’s drying in the sun for a bit and you can also see his bathing suit from yesterday drying in the background, don’t you love how I clean up for pics!

 
The boys were as excited as I was at how they turned out. They will look great when we go see the fireworks in the park.
 
 
 
 

 

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45 Responses

  1. Lauryn Roby says:
    How do you get the red not to turn the white pink... I tried the stripe shirt & my white turned pink
    1. Hey Lauryn, Thanks for the great question! For the deepest color, use a water temperature of 140ºF/60ºC and if you want it darker you can double the amount of dye called for or cut the water called for in 1/2. Rinse in warm, then cool water until water runs clear. (Warm water helps to rinse off surface dye more effectively.) Wash your fabric/clothes in warm water with mild detergent and then rinse thoroughly in cool water. Machine dry or hang dry. For the first two or three times, wash your dyed item by itself in cool water with a small amount of non-bleaching detergent. Always wash your dyed clothing with similar colors in cool water with mild detergent. Hope this helps!
  2. Jeri Wendzel says:
    Where in your Wal-Mart did you find just red and blue tie-dye in a kit together? Was it in a 4th of July display?? I saw the tie-dye in the craft area, but our Wal-Mart didn't have just the red & blue.
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      It was in the craft area where they have the bins of low priced craft items
  3. Anonymous says:
    How long do you let the shirts set after you put the dye on them?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      I let them dry overnight before I washed them
  4. Great t-shirt refashion!They are my favorite! I would love for you to link this up to The CSI project this week. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might WIN! Come on over each week for a new challenge, new tutorials and new judges. www.thecsiproject.com
  5. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
    It really was not bad at all and lots of fun, we will for sure do it again
  6. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    NO I was so bummed but a friend of mine told me yesterday that the first time you wash it to use hot water and vinegar and that will make it hold more than just washing
  7. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
    NO I was so bummed but a friend of mine told me yesterday that the first time you wash it to use hot water and vinegar and that will make it hold more than just washing
  8. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    You are right but I think that is some of the fun of it
  9. Fireworks on a shirt!! How fun! With tie dye you never know what you'll get but those turned out perfect!
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      You are right but I think that is some of the fun of it
  10. Stacy Sews and Schools says:
    I have never tried tie dying but I realllly want to! I am definitely Pinning this!

    Thank you! :)
    1. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
      no THANK YOU!
  11. Stacy Sews and Schoo says:
    I have never tried tie dying but I realllly want to! I am definitely Pinning this!Thank you! :)
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      no THANK YOU!
  12. Have you washed them since they were dyed? Just wondering if the color held up. These look fantastic!
  13. Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com says:
    My kids have been wanting to make tie dye shirts for a while, but I always thought it would be too messy. But looking here, it really don'ts seem to be too bad and the end result is gorgeous!
    1. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
      It really was not bad at all and lots of fun, we will for sure do it again
  14. Tanya-Lemonsforlulu. says:
    My kids have been wanting to make tie dye shirts for a while, but I always thought it would be too messy. But looking here, it really don'ts seem to be too bad and the end result is gorgeous!
  15. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    THanks it really was fun, next year we may have to do them for MOM and DAD too!
  16. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    What was your VBS theme, we are doing SKY. We do ours in July after all the other churches so our's is when the Mom's are over having there kids home! We are having our's next week
  17. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    You are welcome and thank you!! It is so fun to be inspired by others, it has made me a more creative person for sure!
  18. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    Yes it was so easy!
  19. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    It's way more easy than I thought heard some of the chicks at the pool today looking for white dresses to tie dye
  20. Christine says:
    I've never tie-dyed anything! I'm going to have to try it!Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality :)
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      It's way more easy than I thought heard some of the chicks at the pool today looking for white dresses to tie dye
  21. Brie Holtrop says:
    These turned out awesome! Tie dye in a bottle is DEFINITELY the way to go :)Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      Yes it was so easy!
  22. blissfulsewing says:
    Wow.........!Loved the craft ideas of other bloggers to,thanks for sharing. www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      You are welcome and thank you!! It is so fun to be inspired by others, it has made me a more creative person for sure!
  23. Stone Cottage Adventures says:
    Don't you love tie dye?! Both shirts are great! -Marci
    1. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
      Thanks Marci it was really fun and the kids love there shirts!
  24. Stone Cottage Advent says:
    Don't you love tie dye?! Both shirts are great! -Marci
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      Thanks Marci it was really fun and the kids love there shirts!
  25. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:
    So cute! I have never been very good with tie dye. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!
    1. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
      Ok well if it makes you feel better this was one of the first time's I have done it and it was idiot proof because I very often need idiot proof you should try it!
  26. Jill @ Create.Craft. says:
    So cute! I have never been very good with tie dye. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      Ok well if it makes you feel better this was one of the first time's I have done it and it was idiot proof because I very often need idiot proof you should try it!
  27. Rustown Mom says:
    CUTE! I did this for many summers with my kids and our favorite was always the red, white, and blue one. (: Happy 4th!
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      THanks it really was fun, next year we may have to do them for MOM and DAD too!
  28. Cranberry Morning says:
    We did tie-dye with the kids for VBS this summer. As always, it was messy, but the kids loved it!
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      What was your VBS theme, we are doing SKY. We do ours in July after all the other churches so our's is when the Mom's are over having there kids home! We are having our's next week

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