Posted by Katie smith / 8/05/2014 / 1 Comment / blueprint social , crafting , tutorial
Ombre Swirl Tshirt DIY with ILTC Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye
Hey guys! Today's project is a fun one. When I think of tie dye I automatically think "Summer!". They just go together! So, I am thrilled to be a part of the ILTC Tie Dye Your Summer campaign. For my post I created this fun, swirl tie dye shirt!
I used Tulips One-Step Tie Dye, which is America's Favorite Tie Dye! The one-step tie dye is perfect for creating bright multi-color projects! The dyes are permanent and color-fast, so they won't fade in the wash. They are amazing for creating Tie Dye Fashion!
The spiral is a classic tie dye pattern, but to give it an ombre look you will want 2 dyes of the same color, just different shades. I used blue and turquoise.
Supplies: White T-shirt, Tulip One-Step Dye, Rubber Bands, Plastic Wrap, Protected Surface, Hose
1. Pinch the middle of your shirt. This is where the center of your swirl is going to be, so it can be in the middle of you could put it off to the side. Whatever you like best! i went for the middle.
2. Twist until all fabric is in a spiral shape and use 4 rubber bands to secure the spiral, overlapping them so that you have little "pie wedges" to fill in with color.
3. Wet your spiral down. This helps the colors to bleed into each other a little, which gives it more of an ombre look.
4. Starting with your darkest color, fill in 2 "pie wedges" that are opposite of each other. Make sure to get it in the folds nicely to have a good, colored shirt. This will prevent it from having too much white. Flip spiraled fabric over and repeat on backside
5. Take your lighter color and fill in the wedges on either side of your dark colored wedges.
I'm messy, so I got a bit of color in the 2 last wedges a swell, but it's not really a problem if you get a little there.
6. Now that you've got 2 dark wedges, 4 medium colored wedges and 2 white(ish) wedges, you want to take the water hose and wet it down again. I mostly just hit the medium color with the water so that it would bleed lightly into the 2 white wedges.
7. Wrap your shirt in plastic wrap to keep it moist and let it sit for 6-8 hours to let the dye set.
8. After you've let it sit, you can take it out of the plastic wrap, rinse the dye out and then wash it in hot water.