Tie Dyeing Shirts with Bleach

Tie Dyeing has always been a lot of fun for me… it’s the old hippie in me, I guess! My girls and I get together sometimes for a tie-dye party. This time I wanted to try a sort of Reverse Tie Dye technique with bleach.

Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com

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Technically, it’s not “Dyeing” since you’re taking the dye away. It’s interesting to see the color left behind after the bleach does its thing. Dark blue and black fabric tends to leave a purple or red color which makes for a pretty cool effect. This was a new technique for me, but I’m pretty happy with how the T-Shirts turned out.

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Supplies:

Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com

-Colored T-Shirt
-Spray Bottle
-Bleach
-Water


Since we’re using bleach, it’s a good idea to do this outside. It’s raining today, though, so I’m working inside with the window open.

Fold the Fabric



I decided to do the spiral design but feel free to experiment.

Cover your table with plastic. Lay out the shirt, straightening out any wrinkles. Now, decide where you want the center of the spiral to be. Grab that spot of the shirt (front and back) and slowly start turning your hand to create a spiral. Take your time with this, adjusting the folds to keep it neat.


Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com


Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com


Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com

Spray with Bleach Water



Add 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup bleach to your spray bottle and gently shake. Spray the top part of the twisted up shirt with the bleach solution. Make sure you cover the whole thing.
Note: test the spray of your bottle in a sink or outside. You want a ‘spray’, not a ‘stream’.

Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com

Let the shirt sit for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the progress. Check it every few minutes. Mine took about 20 minutes.

Rinse

Once you’re happy with the bleached areas, wash your shirt (washer or sink) and hang to dry.

Tie Dye T Shirt with Bleach, Fiberartsy.com

What do you think??

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Comments

  1. I wanted to tie-dye some clothes for my kids and I love this technique! Will try it out for a summer activity with them, thanks! Pinning and now following on FB. :)

    • Annette says:

      Thanks Bernadyn! Returning the love on Sverve, FB, TW and wherever else I find you :) Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. totally cool! I can’t wait to give this a try. I have been wanting to bleach tie dye some t-shirts so this will get me motivated!

  3. great post! I’m thinking of doing some tie dye this some and I’m loving the look of reverse tie dye!xx

    littlemisswynne.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Donna Rae says:

    I was doing this about 40 years ago. A little different but the same results. Funny how everything seems to come around again. (and I kind of just gave a good part of my age up (-; )

    We use to put a cardboard piece in-between the fabric and hang it on the line. Then fill a spray bottle with bleach and spray or put bleach in a cup and use a paint brush and paint.

    It’s a great way to save clothes you really like but stained or clothes that just have no plain style.

    Thanks for posting this. A good tute and a good memory!

    • What goes around …. my mom put the crafting bug in me. We were always playing around with colors and fabrics.

  5. What a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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