The Guilty Crafter's Dye-I-Y studio
By Angela Daniels
October 27, 2016
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Using Elmer's glue to write a message on a shirt before dyeing it is a really fun and easy technique. For Halloween, I created this super simple "Boo" shirt with glue, Tangerine and Black Rit dye.
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
A printed "Boo" text from any word program
4 gallon pot
Step By Step
I placed the word "Boo!" inside the shirt with a piece of cardboard to support the back (and protect the back of the shirt from any glue seeping through. Trace the word out with Elmer's washable glue. I like the blue gel glue because it's easy to see as you work. It's important to let the glue THOROUGHLY dry. Let dry overnight or carefully dry with a craft dryer or blow dryer. This glue barrier will stop the dye from getting underneath which will create your reverse color word in the final rinse.
Dye according the the direction on your package of Rit dye. I use slightly less hot water than normal when using the glue resist technique. If the water is too close to boiling, you run the risk of having the glue melt off before the rinse cycle. This will give you blurry results in the end.
For this shirt, I dyed the top half of the shirt Tangerine, then carefully flipped the shirt over and dyed black. Always dye the darker color last to avoid the dark color from dripping into the lighter color.
I suggest Rit Dye Fixative sprayed liberally over the shirt and left to sit about 20 minutes for best color results (optional). Thoroughly rinse in cold water. Wash with gentle detergent and dry. And done! A fun shirt to wear to a Halloween event.