Tie-Dye T-shirts

Tie-Dye T-shirts

Our theme in Visual Arts this term is Printmaking. Part of the unit includes Tie Dye. Each class made Tie-Dye t-shirts. The finished t-shirt will be worn at the end of the year school concert in December.

Lesson Outline

Learning Intention: To learn about tie dye and the different techniques you can use to make designs. 

Success Criteria: Successfully made a tie dye t-shirt using a variety of techniques.

Curriculum Link: Creating & Making; Identification of key features of arts works from different times, places and/or cultures

How to set tie-dyed cotton with vinegar.

Tie-dyed materials must be set with care in order to preserve their design. Tie-dyed cotton can be set with vinegar for long lasting vibrancy and wear.

What you will need:

  • White vinegar
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Cold water
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes hanger

Step 1

Place the dyed cotton in a bucket or bowl.

Step 2

Pour white vinegar over top of the clothing, until the bucket is half way full.

Step 3

Fill the remainder of the bucket with cold water.

Step 4

Allow the garment to soak in the vinegar and water for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the garment from the bucket.

Step 6

Place the garment in a washing machine alone.

Step 7

Add 1 cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of gentle laundry detergent to the wash cycle.

Step 8

Set the washing machine to the “delicate” setting and begin the wash.

Step 9

Remove the garment from the washing machine.

Step 10

Hang the garment to dry inside out on a clothing hanger