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DIY Tie Dye T-Shirt Dress in 30 Minutes

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July 6th, 2020 - 05:20 PM

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DIY Tie Dye T-Shirt Dress in 30 Minutes

You can make a comfortable 100% cotton Tie-dyed black T-Shirt dress in 30 minutes! The process is actually a reverse tie-dye.

a.) Purchase 100% cotton knit black T-Shirt Dress from a variety of sites for $10! It MUST be 100% cotton. (Polyester or cotton blends will not work.)
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b.) Fold the 100% cotton black dress in 2 inch horizontal accordian folds starting from the bottom of the dress. Tie the folds tightly in rings around the folds. Then, put tied dress in a large enamel (or glass pan).

c.) Pour a thin stream of bleach over the top of the tied dress. Then flip it over and pour another thin stream of bleach over the length of the tied dress. Let it sit for no more than 3 mintues. The bleach will lighten some of the black dye to a lighter shade, sometimes orange, sometimes shades of blue.

(Warning: If you leave the bleach undiluted with water on the dress for more than a couple of minutes, it will eat through the knit cloth! So make sure you dilute the bleach quickly.)

d.) Immediately fill the pan with water to saturate the tied dress with bleach and dilute the strength of the bleach. Let it sit for no more than 15 minutes in pan full of water. (You can leave it a little longer if you want a much lighter color.)

e.) Cut the string off the folded dress very carefully and immediately rinse out the bleach. I prefer to run it through the washing machine on a delicate cycle to make sure all the bleach is washed out. If you don't run it through the washing machine, make sure you rinse it thoroughly or the bleach may deteriorate the knit fibers.

f.) Voila! A new tie-dyed t-shirt dress for $10!

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