Reverse Tie-Dye Shirt

April 19 2022

We spent an entire day dyeing with Blu DeTiger in an effort to make her closet more sustainable, including this t-shirt which we reverse tie-dyed. Scroll down to see how it’s done.

Supplies
  • Rit Color Remover
  • Black 100% Cotton T-shirt
  • Stainless Steel Pot for Dyeing
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
Time
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Difficulty
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Instructions
  1. Gather supplies.
  2. Pre-wash item in warm, soapy water and leave damp.
  3. Gather one sleeve and secure with rubber band, repeat with other sleeve. Lay shirt flat, gather the bottom and secure with rubber band. Once complete, set aside.
  4. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water for the fabric to move freely. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or around 200F).
  5. When water begins to simmer, add one packet of Color Remover. Mix well.
  6. Keep temperature at a low simmer.
  7. Place only the bound portion of the sweatshirt into the simmering bath.
  8. Stir occasionally. Some fabrics will lose their color in as fast as 10 minutes, others can take up to 20 minutes. Once your garment turns white or off-white, you can remove it from the bath.
  9. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  10. Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric.
  11. Wash in cold water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

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