Crafty Ideas: To Woodstock with our tie-dye tees « Mummy Knows Best - The hands-on mum's guide to cool kids' stuff

p>I recently needed to get hold of tie and dye tee shirts for my husband and 3.5 year old son for a Swinging 60′s theme party. After searching in vain I decided to create my own patterns at home and started experimenting. It?s fun to do and provides craft type entertainment for the tot too.

Here?s what you need to do:

Have ready; a pair of rubber kitchen gloves, rubber bands, a plastic sheet to work on (gash bags work fine for this), a plastic dabba and spoon, a 100% cotton tee shirt and fabric dye powder in your favourite colour.

Method: Wash the tee shirt and then place the wet shirt on the work area.

Pull up a portion of the cloth, twist it, fold it down, twist some more and then fasten it with a rubber band. Keep doing this all over the shirt gathering small bits or large. Remember the area that is tied by the rubber band will remain white.

Dissolve 1 packet of powdered dye in 1qt of hot water. Add 5tblsp. table slat to the mixture and see that it dissolves. Let it cool.

Dip the shirt in the dye and let it soak for at least 20


Rinse the shirt in cold water until the colour runs clear. Do not forget to wear your gloves at this stage.

Undo the knots ? you could even cut the bands off ? and rinse the shirt again. Dry the shirt out of the direct sun.

You can experiment with different kinds of knots and even multiple colours once you get the hang of it. Do the light colours first. Let each colour dry completely and then go for the darker colours. I am yet to come across a dye that is truly fast but am having so much fun that no old white cottons in my house are being spared.

Tip: Post our theme party I saw Koli fishermen at Gorai wearing glorious tie and dye lungis. Now you know where you can easily get the material if you don’t want to attempt the arts and craft route :)

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