Thursday, May 17

Captain America Tie Dye Avengers Shirt

Everyone around the office has been talking about Marvel's The Avengers this week and we just knew that there had to be a fun craft in there for us to in honor of the movie! We put our thinking caps on and thought that a tie dye shirt in Captain America style was in order! This project was designed by in-house designer Lauri Eaton and she did an amazing job! We think Captain America fans out there would want to get this tie dye look for themselves! In fact, a lot of guys in the office wanted one after seeing what we made! Here's how you make one for yourself!

Watch the video here for the tutorial -or- continue on and see the process in stepouts!


What you'll need:
 – Tulip One-Step Tie Dye in Red and Blue
Tulip Fabric Spray Paint in Snow White
– White cotton shirt (or use 50/50 blend for a more faded/vintage look)
– Freezer paper
– Scissors or X-acto

– Pencil or star printout  

How you do it:

1. Pinch middle of shirt and pull up.

2. Apply zip ties as shown and secure tightly. Zip ties work best for this because they grab the material really tightly, oftentimes better than rubber bands! Lauri used pliers to tighten these, so make sure to pull them REALLY tight! Otherwise, the colors might bleed through.

3. Rinse shirt in water and wring out.  The water helps the tie dye set!

4. Apply tie dye in between each of the binded areas. You will want to saturate each section and not leave any white.


5. Once finished dyeing wrap in plastic surface cover. Freeze for 70 years!  Just joking.  Let it set for 6-8 hours.

6. Now run your shirt under the water in the sink until all the dye is out. The dye is out when the water runs clear!  Cut off zip ties and place by itself in the washer and set to large load. Put it on the hottest water suitable for fabric and use a little laundry detergent. Dry in dryer or line dry.

Next measure the middle bullseye area of the shirt. Print out or hand draw a star to this size on your freezer paper.  Cut out star and center it in the middle of the shirt. Use a hot iron to press the design onto the shirt. 

8. Use fabric spray paint to spray inside stencil. The spray paint will give the star a more distressed look.  You can also use Tulip Soft Fabric Paint to stencil on the design as well! Use a hair dryer to speed up drying time.

9. Once dry, peel off stencil to reveal star!

And here's the finished product! Looks amazing, right??

Now go out there and unleash your inner superhero! Take on the world with a vengeance, Avengers style!

Craft on!


Amanda said...

I LOVE this! It's so cool!

Wendy said...

I'll be making one of these shirts for each of my boys, ASAP!

Tiffany said...

I am thinking we might do these for the fourth of July this year! So cute!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

Nikki said...


Couple of questions, hope that they don't sound too ignorant but I have never done anything like this and I'm DYING to try this.

So the tie-dye will be on the front and back of the shirt, so I will need to put the star on both the front and the back, right? Also what do you mean by freezer paper, and where can I buy it? Lastly, can you tell me where you got the star design from?

Thank you so much for this tutorial! :0)

Marisol said...

I love this idea for my son and plan to make it soon. But I have one question. It says to saturate each section with the dye and not leave any white. But there is a white section in the middle. Was that dyed or just left as is.

Alexa said...

The star design we cut out ourself. If you want to you can resize a star design you see on the internet and enlarge/reduce it on the copy machine. The dye will bleed through to the front and back so yes, you will want to add a star to the front and back.

The white section is where the zip tie is tightly bound.

You may want to try it on a practice shirt if it's your first time dyeing. The dye will last for a few days with the lid on.

Faith... said...

Thanks - I have wanted to try dying for a while but was a little nervous! This tutorial makes it sound so easy! :) Plan on making this for my grandson and putting his initial "J" in the middle of the star to personalize it

immerBeginner said...

AWESOME! Great gift idea too!

Marcus Crosby said...

The white section is left white that is the middle ring of the shield, Captain America's shield has an outer red ring, white ring and then inner red ring., and then center is the blue with the star....

Camille Deal of TheCGDstudio said...

Absolutely love it!

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing. Our public library had a tye dying event and we created your idea. My son LOVES it. I came home and the next day I painted on the star. Such a cute idea. Thanks again! (I found your idea on Pinterest)

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is it possible to only have the front of the shirt dyed with the logo?

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Unknown said...

So, how much dye does this take?

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wow,it looks so cool.I'll make one.Captian America,I like it to death~

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Great look)))
adorable style))

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I love this! I made my own geeky shirts inspired by your tutorial!

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Anonymous said...

i hope this isn't a silly question but does it matter which side of the wax paper i use? i don't wanna mess it up. Thank you!

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