Dye-ing to wear them

tie dye picnic bench

I think within an hour of finishing their tie-dye tshirts, I heard the first “Can I wear my tshirt?”

“No, not yet.”

This was repeated at regular intervals for the next 36 hours. I can hardly blame them.

tie die by chicken coop

(looking through the heart shaped window in the new chicken ark)

The kit we used, required the tshirts to be wrapped in clingfilm and left at least 6 to 8 hours. The longer it is left, the more vibrant the colours. Then the tshirts needed to be rinsed, washed and dried.

In our case, life delayed the process even more. Rain meant the outdoor theatre outing in the evening was cancelled, so a hastily arranged trip to the cinema was substituted. Leaving the tshirts forgotten and still wet.

tie die tshirt 2

Eventually, all nine tshirts were ready to be worn. Next amazing parenting feat, was catching all three children, as they escaped back into the garden after the torrential rain stopped. Challenging to say the least. I think I captured all nine of  the tshirts.

finding baby toads

The rain had brought out the baby toads, which are about three or fours weeks later than usual. There is an annual migration of these tiny toads through the garden. We had to watch where we walk and also catch a few for closer inspection.

feeding the pigeon

Also an injured racing pigeon has been staying in our garden for the last week. It has become so used to us that we can hand feed it. Soon as the children sat on the bench it flew down and all thoughts of modeling tshirts were forgotten. How can I compete with a pigeon?

tie dye tshirts car

The kit we used contained everything we needed, including the instructions to make spiral and sunbursts. We only used half the dye, which means we will be doing this activity again next summer.

I need to remember that the most successful of the tshirts were totally coloured with minimal white space, as it turned greyish instead of white after washing. (Just like putting a coloured sock in with the white load.) I’d also leave the tshirts longer before I rinsed them out, as some of the colours faded more than I’d have liked.

basket of tiedye tshirts

In case like Fiona you are brave enough to consider doing this activity and would  like to know which kit we used …… The kit was a hit with us, except for the cover picture (house rule, no whispering in front of others) and the gloves tore too easily. I would use my own rubber gloves next time.

Those apart, it contained enough dye and elastic bands for my three children to have lots of fun. The instructions are clear and easy for my 6, 8 and 10 year old to follow. Also the bottles used to apply the dye worked well. BUT do not underestimate the mess it will create. I’m still trying to scrub feet, hands and behind the ears of certain children! If you follow me on twitter, you’ll have seen the tie-dyed feet already.

(Should just add that this is a personal review and I’ve not been compensated in any way by the manufactures or suppliers.)

14 thoughts on “Dye-ing to wear them

  • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Those T-Shirts look so effective. I remember doing tie dying on squared of material at school. So much more fun to make your own t shirt. They make wonderful photos out in the garden together. Did you make them outside too? I should imagine the dye to be messy stuff in the house. Please do add this to Country Kids. It is a great craft to share.

    • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      A craft that lends so well to being done outside. We did it outside and it really was much easier. They could concentrate on creating rather than worrying about potential mess. We did batik at school but not tie dye, so this is my first go at using rubber bands and dye on fabric. It really is easy to achieve the effect.

      • Tuesday 30 July, 2013 at 9:23 am

        There are so many great ideas shared over at Country Kids. Lots of inspiration. 🙂

  • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Cool T-shirts! I do love the effect tie dye gives you. This kit looks fab too, though I can imagine only too well what the mess would be like!
    What does a few messy feet/ears/hands/etc matter when you have such an amazing finished product though!

    • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      It is so easy to achieve something that looks fabulous with tie dye. If getting messy is the price, then I can live with that. (Although youngest did go to a swimming lesson today, with colourful feet and legs! I am that mother!) 😳

  • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    The t-shirts came out fantastic! And thanks so much for the details of the kit Cheryl. I am off to try and locate one so we can have a go at this too. We have a few white/pastel t-shirts with small marks and stains, so they will be perfect for tie dying!

    • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      We got ours via Amazon. Tie dye would be a wonderful way to cover up stains. I can think of a few more items that fit that category which I could tie-dye. Hmm…….

  • Monday 29 July, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Don’t they look great! I used to have loads of tie dyed tops when I was young, will have to remember this as an activity when Monkey is a bit older

    • Tuesday 30 July, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thanks, Mary. I’m sure that I wouldn’t have braved this craft when the children were younger. Fabric pens and paints are a better choice when they are pre-schoolers. Less mess.

  • Wednesday 31 July, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    This post brings back memories of making tye-dye with my kids many years ago. Heck, I even made them for myself when I was a kid. Looks like you and yours are enjoying the good ol’ summer time.

    • Wednesday 31 July, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      Doing our best to enjoy the summer and make memories! I’m now a complete convert to tie-dying. Hoping that we can do this for many more summers. 🙂

  • Monday 5 August, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    they turned out wonderful!!
    we tye died some shirts earlier this summer… i took the photos… just never managed to get them onto the blog!
    so double win for you!!

    • Saturday 10 August, 2013 at 7:10 am

      The children are enjoying wearing the tshirts too. Hope Lily had fun. Love a craft that just keeps giving! 😀

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