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Hibiscus Pastel DIY Tie Dye Shirt

If you're looking for tie dye patterns, give this shirt a try.

By: Benetta Strydom for FaveCrafts.com

Hibiscus Pastel DIY Tie Dye Shirt
Hibiscus Pastel DIY Tie Dye Shirt
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Learn how to make your own tie dye shirt! The Hibiscus Pastel DIY Tie Dye Shirt pattern is a lovely design for spring or summer. The bright colors and floral motif give this tie dye top a Hawaiian flair.

From the Designer: "Get your inspiration from the hibiscus flower for this T-shirt project. The hibiscus flower is generally associated with beauty, joy and happiness. Use tie and dye to create a soft pastel background on a T-shirt. Afterwards, add some stenciled hibiscus flowers to complete the design. As the hibiscus flower blooms almost year-round, this T-shirt will make the perfect fashion statement during the spring and summer months."

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsFabric

Easy

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Sleeveless white 95% polyester T-shirt
  • Packet of pink T-shirt dye
  • Packet of blue T-shirt dye
  • Roll of 1mm wide cotton twine
  • Roll of 3mm wide cotton twine
  • 2 cups of salt
  • A4 size piece of cardstock
  • Pair of rubber gloves
  • 15  toy glass marbles
  • Giotto décor textile pens: black; ultramarine blue; violet; sky blue; neon pink and neon yellow
  • Large hibiscus flower stencil
  • Standard scissors
  • Stainless steel pot

Instructions

Wash the shirt and rinse it thoroughly in cold water to remove any sizing agent from the material. Note: Do not add fabric softener when rinsing the shirt. Allow the shirt to dry before proceeding to the next step.

Prepare the shirt for the tie dying:

  1. At the left shoulder area, put a marble between the front and back of the shirt. Wrap the front of the shirt around the marble and tie around the fabric with 1mm twine to keep the marble in place. Repeat with two more marbles.

  2. Add three marbles to the right shoulder.

  3. Add the rest of the marbles to the bottom right part of the shirt, adding the marbles close to one another to resemble a bunch of grapes.

  4. Add two tie and dye flowers to the shirt, one to the bottom left and one to the centre of the shirt. To create a flower, pinch a section of the shirt between your fingers. Poke it up and twist the fabric in a circular manner. Tightly wrap 3mm twine around the poked-up section to keep it in place.

  5. Crumple the shirt and tie it with 1mm twine to keep it in position. Now you are ready to color the shirt!

Instructions for Coloring the Shirt

  1. Dissolve the pink dye powder and 1 cup of salt in a liter of boiling water.

  2. Once the powder and salt have dissolved, add more water to the pot. The pot should have enough water to completely cover the shirt.

  3. Bring the colored water to a boil.

  4. Wet the shirt in cold water, and then add it to the pot with the boiling dye solution. 

  5. Keep boiling the pot on the stove for 15-20 minutes. Stir the pot regularly to make sure that the shirt gets dyed on all sides.

  6. Note: Wear rubber gloves when following this step. Take the shirt out of the pot and rinse it in your sink with cold water to remove any excess dye. Keep rinsing until the water is clean and then gently cut off the twine added in step 2e. Do not remove the rest of the twine, i.e. those around the marbles and flowers.

  7. Crumple the shirt again and now tie the gathered shirt with 3mm twine, as well as with 1mm twine.

  8. Repeat steps 3 to 7, now using the blue T-shirt dye.

  9. Wearing rubber gloves again, take the shirt out of the pot and rinse it to remove any excess dye. Keep rinsing until the water is clean and then gently cut off all the twine. 

  10. Rinse the shirt again and then hang it in a shady area to dry.

Iron the shirt thoroughly and then add the stenciled design.

  1. Put the T-shirt flat on the working surface. Slide the piece of cardstock inside the T-shirt between the back and front sides of the T-shirt ~ this will prevent the ink from staining the back side. Keep this cardstock in place until you have finished the design. 

  2. Position the stencil on the shirt. 

  3. Use the violet and ultramarine blue fabric pens to add the stencil design of the first hibiscus flower to the shirt. 

  4. Add four more flowers, using ultramarine blue; violet; sky blue and neon pink.

    Note: The flower petals and the pistil for each flower should have different colors.

  5. Use the black pen to add some detail to the flower petals, and the neon yellow pen to add some highlights to the pistils.

  6. Iron the shirt again to set the fabric pens.

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I love this real soft pastel tee shirt that will look so pretty for spring and what an easy thing to do. I would never think to do the tie dye as a background before applying a stencil on the shirt. I love this hibiscus flower but you can put on a different stencil or even free hand too. Just remember to put something under so it does not run through the shirt on the other side. Add some ribbon and laces or embellishment if you want to jazz it up. Great tutorial and sweet idea.

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