Awhile back Ginger was telling me about a fun experience she had with tie-dying. I’ve always wanted to give it a go so she sent me a mega-box from Dharma Trading Co. with all the necessary tools and dyes.
The box came with a book of ideas and instructions so we started with t-shirts and a simple spiral design. Maya already had a plain white t and I bought Owen and Woody one from Michael’s.
First you soak the shirts in a bucket of warm water with soda ash (comes with the kit from Dharma). The soda ash helps the dye really absorb into the cotton fibers of the t-shirt.
While the t-shirts are soaking you prepare your dyes. Owen and Maya chose yellow, turquoise and fuschia for our first go. All you do is add the dye to water in a plastic bottle, shake and you’re ready to go. (You need gloves and funnels; gloves come with kit, funnels I stole from Maya’s bath toys).
I set up a space on our tiny back porch for the dying.
Then you rinse them out in a sink, first with cold and as that water turns clear, with warm water. As you rinse with warm you take off the rubber bands.
Then you throw it in the wash (by themselves) in hot water with a special detergent that helps set the dyes. Then I washed them one more time in regular detergent to make sure they wouldn’t bleed anymore.
Super easy! You can see how the shirts turned out here! Pretty awesome.
What I really wanted to tie dye was Maya’s bedspread.
I bought her a boring old white one from Ikea a couple years ago with plans to make it awesome.
Didn’t happen. (Not yet anyway. I could still go back to that plan.)
So, with guidance from the book in the first photo (a great book!) and input from Maya on a cool design (we decided to ease away from the Wavy Gravy look and go toward something slightly more modern yet still Maya-friendly..not sure we achieved that but we tried:).
So, the before: