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4th of July Craft: Tie Dye Tees by Marie LeBaron for

4th of July Craft: Tie Dye Tees

By Marie LeBaron

Family Tie-Dyed Tees

We’ve got our patriotic outfits ready for the 4th, do you? If not, here’s something fun to make for the whole family, Tie Dyed Tees. Special thanks to Jacquard Tie Dye products and for sponsoring some of the supplies.


Supplies for Tie Dye T-Shirts :

* tie dye kit – comes with bottles, dye, solution, rubber bands and gloves
* white clothing
* plastic bucket
* plastic covering
* water
* paper towels

What will you Tie Dye: First, you’ll need to pick out the garments you want to dye. I chose a shirt for my son and husband and 2 twin skirts for my girls.
And a swimsuit cover for me (although you won’t see me modeling this one, sorry!)
Basic directions: The best thing to remember about tie dying is being prepared. Have all your things ready to go before you begin, because you don’t want to get that dye on anything else but what you’re tie dying. The directions from Jacquard are pretty easy to follow from the kit. We did this outside on our patio table, covered in plastic, and held tight by rocks!!
Get your desired look: To get your desired look, there’s different ways to fold, twist, and bunch up your clothes.
* For my girl’s skirts, I was going for red stripes like an American flag, so I folded them like an accordion and placed the dye across each fold. I already have tops with stars, so I wanted the bottoms to be the stripes.
* For my cover up, I did blue on top for the “stars” area of a flag and red stripes on the bottom, accordion style like the skirts.
* For my husband’s shirt, we went crazy and just mushed it altogether. I wrapped the bands everywhere to make a big ball.
* And for my son, he really wanted his shirt to be swirly. So I pulled the shirt from the belly and started to twist. Then we wrapped rubber bands around it, about 6 down.
My Son’s Swirl look!

Applying the dye:
Once you’re ready for the dye, make sure you’re gloves are on so the tips of your fingers don’t go purple! Also, this is DYE and will color anything it touches, so make sure you have paper towels on hand just in case.
Now I applied the dye to all the rubber banded areas. I used only blue and red colors. I applied the blue first, making sure to get in the creases, then rinsed off my gloves to get ready to apply the red. Some spots started to mix and turn purple, but I still think I got my desired look.
Letting it set: When all of your desired dye is applied, cover up the area with another plastic piece. It now needs to set for 24 hours, letting the dye do it’s magic.
Rinse, wash, and wear: My son could hardly wait the 24 hours that this dye needed to set. Right at 1:00 the next day, he came to me saying it was time! I rinsed each item under water until it rinsed clear. Then popped them into the washer for a good cleaning. We dried them and they were ready to wear!
Our family is set and ready for the day’s festivities this 4th of July. We’ll be showing off our patriotic colors at the parade, bright and early Saturday morning!

About the Author

Marie LeBaron

Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.


Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.

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  • sandy

    July 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks. I’ve wanted to give dyeing a try …. I think I can do it now with your tutorial.

  • Kara

    July 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    You did a great job! my kids (boys)and I as well as our friends whom we celebrate the 4th with decorate shirts each year. Sometimes it’ s difficult to come up with something new, but I love this! Thanks for posting it.

  • kari weber

    July 4, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I love that you didn’t go OVER board with the dye. Sometimes tie dye comes out so gaudy due to the TOTAL-COVER-UP-EVERY-SQUARE-INCH-OF-CLOTHING-WITH-A-BAJILLION-COLORS approach. This is tasteful, and cute, without going to 60’s. Love it. Would also be cute at Valentine’s Day with pinks and reds…

  • Michelle@Alittletipsy

    July 5, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    These turned out really cute! I love the patriotic colors and that you did stripes to go with your girls star shirts! Maybe i will do this for my family next year!

  • macy

    July 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I never knew it’s that easy. I should give it a try on some of my old nursing scrubs before tie dying one of my favorite tees.

  • Kirk

    December 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I like your directions on how to tie dye. I do have a question regarding the 24 hours needed for the dye to bond with the fabric. Is it really necessary to go a full 24 hours? I have 2 hours to go, and cannot wait. Please let me know about this. Thank you.

  • Marie

    July 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    If you sew a pattern in to the shirts with white thread, you can create patterns in the dye as well.