During the extremely wet Labor Day weekend, thanks to Tropical Storm Lee, we stayed inside and made Tie Dye Mickey shirts for our upcoming trip! I found the instructions on DISboards.com and followed what MNRMommy had to share. She did a great job explaining what to do and included wonderful pictures too! You can find her instructions here.
When we made our shirts, I too took pictures of the process so you would have another set of pictures and examples to use.
1. We bought 100% white t-shirts and washed/ dried them. My instructions said not to use dryer sheets with the shirts. Not sure why...
2. I printed a Mickey head silhouette and resized it on the copier at work.
3. Once we had the size of the head we wanted, we traced it on the t-shirts using a pencil.
5. Once the stitching was complete, we pulled the floss until the Mickey head "puckered."
9. Once the shirts were twirled in a spiral, we used 3 rubber bands to hold the shirt in the spiral pattern. Think of a pizza or pie. The rubber bands go across the spiral circle creating 6 pie shapes.
10. Once the 3 rubber bands are across the shirt, make sure the Mickey head is poking up out of the rubber bands.
11. Using a tie dye kit or any kind of fabric dye (Rit works well too) get ready to dye your shirts! I found this one at Hancock Fabrics for $9.99. The same kit at Hobby Lobby was $11.99. Publix had a Rit Dye kit for $6.99, but I didn't want fuchsia, yellow and teal dye! If you don't use a kit that includes bottles for the dye, try using a turkey baster to squirt the dye onto your shirt.
12. Following the instructions in your kit or with your dye, begin dying the shirt! Start with the Mickey part. I would suggest choosing a darker color for Mickey's head- the yellow Mickey head didn't turn out as well. Once it is dyed, keep it away from the rest of the shirt. I would suggest covering it with a ziplock bag or saran wrap to make sure it didn't touch another area (my red Mickey head now has a blue blob on it...) I also suggest trying to keep the dye only on the puckered area. If possible, don't let it seep into the rubber banded area.
13. Once the puckered area is colored, start adding the other colors to the pie shaped areas on your shirt. Be creative and see what your creation will look like!
15. When it's time to unwrap the shirts, cut the rubber bands off the shirt and unroll the shirt.
16. Then, rinse the shirt out in the sink. Let the water run down the shirt over the dye until the water runs clear. This may take some time! Don't wring out the water until the water runs clear. You don't want the colors to bleed onto the white areas.
17. Finally, wash your shirt several times in the washing machine and dry! (I plan on washing our shirts several times without other clothes, just in case!) Cman's shirt (blue Mickey) turned out much better than mine did (Red Mickey with blue blob!).