how to tie-dye like it's 1989

When Kerri was up visiting last month we took to crafting a bit, trying our hand at a craft as old as time, tie-dying. She brought the shirts, I brought the kit. And wala! 

I got the kit from A.C. Moore but you can find the same one here too. The kit was pretty standard as far as kits go and had most everything you needed.

Things you need:
White t-shirts
Tie-dye kit
Rubber gloves
Plastic bags
Table cloth

First you soak the clean dry t-shirts in the lye and hot water solution in a bucket for twenty minutes. After that you squeeze out as much water as possible before doing your design. We all decided to do the spiral, just pinching a piece of fabric wherever we wanted the center of the design to be and spinning it in a circle until the shirt was all twisted up. Then we added rubber bands around the edge. Once the dye was mixed  up we just sort of went to town, putting a different color in each triangular "wedge." I took a bit of convincing on this one because I couldn't wrap my head around it but Kerri was right, one color per wedge equals awesomeness. The more dye that you add the less white will be on the final shirt. You can stick the nozzle down into the folds of the shirt too to get more dye in all the crevices.

We put the t-shirts inside plastic bags and let them sit for 24 hours before rinsing with cold water until the water ran clear and then we threw them in the wash and wala again! The best of tie-dye shirts.