Tuesday, August 13

How to make a skull tie dye shirt

Halloween is right around the corner and I've dreamed up the perfect tie dye project for you.  Getting this skull tie dye shirt isn't as hard as you think. Watch my video below and I show you all the easy steps to follow to make it happen!

What you need:
– Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye in black and purple (you can get it in our Carousel kit or in individual kits)
– zip ties
– washable marker or pencil
– pattern (download it below)
– scissors to cut out pattern
– baking rack (you will get best results for this project using this)

Watch the video above for complete instructions as I show you step by step how to make this shirt or closely follow the steps below.

Dampen your shirt before you begin. You can run it under your sink and wring it out or mist it with a spray bottle
 
First you will fold your shirt in half.

 Print out the attached pattern for your shirt design.  You may need to reduce or enlarge it on your copying machine to fit your shirt. You can find it here.
Fold the pattern in half and lay it down exactly on your fold. Trace around it with a washable marker.
 
Sketch on the placement of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Carefully bind the nose around the marked line using rubber bands.
Now wrap around the eye area tightly.

Carefully pinch around the outline of the skull.

Now add the zip tie along your bunched up skull outline.

Layout out your baking rack and shake up the black and purple tie dye for one minute each and apply right above the rubber bands. Just use a small amount. You don't want it to bleed past the bottom of the rubber band.

Now add just a few drops along the line you marked for the mouth.
Add some black dye underneath the zip tie. Just squeeze right below the zip tie. You don't want too much dye around the zip tie, because it will bleed into your skull face.

 Just below it add purple. If you wanting the shirt to look exactly like the shirt above you  need to leave white in between the purple and black
 Now add black dye to the bottom portion.
 Let the dye set for 6-8 hours minimum. If you are wanting to have the colors be even more vibrant, leave overnight before you rinse.

Rinse out the dye in the sink until the water runs clear. Then pop it into the washer by itself using colder water and dry in dryer.
Now you have a cool shirt to wear for all your spooky festivies and beyond!

11 comments:

WobiSobi said...

Love this:)

Alexa said...

Would love to see what you could do with an altered shirt.

Katherine Sews said...

thank you! there are so few tie dye tutorials online, and yours is really nice.

Krystal said...

Where is the attached pattern? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

found the link, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just did this project last night. It turned out great in black and green! It was my first tie dye ever and your tutorial really helped. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

would you need to repeat the pattern on the other side? Thanks p.s. this is such a cool design

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing, looks great

Mary said...

I can't find the link for the skull pattern :(

Diego Wynn said...

Very nice and helpful information has been given in this article. I like the way you explain the things. Keep posting. Thanks..

Tie Dye Sweatshirt

Anonymous said...

its the word "here" in the instructions...if you put your mouse over it, it's a link

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