In our area of North Carolina there is an amazing company that specializes in Tie Dying and ever since my son was a little tiny guy I have loved going there to make him fun t-shirts and of course a few here and there for myself. As much as I love tie dye I have never tried it at home but that has now changed thanks to this great kit from Tulip Tie Dye. This will be something I do again for sure because my mind is racing with many other project ideas--pillows, napkins, placemats, curtains for my son's room, oh I could go on and on...watch out tie dye, here I come.
I made a Magnetic Memo Board out of an old White T-shirt that has been hanging in my closet for quite some time. I followed the instructions on the Tulip Tie Dye Kit and used the pleated fabric method they feature here. Before I cut the t-shirt apart to cover the metal board my son saw it and was freaking out over how cool it was--ok, I was freaking a little too and hated to cut it up for my project but I have plenty of dye left to make a few t-shirts thanks to the great amount of dye you get in this kit.
• Gather your supplies--you really get everything you need in this kit so you just need to grab whatever you are tie dying.
• Wet your fabric just until damp
• Use the method of folding you want but I chose to do a pleated fold and loved the look of the finished product
• I used the rubber bands that came in the kit to "bind" the fabric about every 4 inches
• Prepare your area for dying. You will want to cover everything including yourself and your hands but no fear they send gloves
• Mix up the bottles of dye by adding water to the fill line and shake well
• Apply the different colors of dye to each section of your fabric. I used all the colors that were sent but you could just pick and choose
• Wrap the shirt in plastic wrap to let it dry for about 6 hours then rinse out your dye and follow the instructions in the kit for washing
This is the t-shirt after it's been washed and dried-pretty enough to just wear it as it is!
• To make the Magnetic Memo Board I used a metal sign that has been sitting in my son's closet for ages. It was perfect because it was completely flat and the magnets hung really well on it even through the t-shirt fabric
• I cut my t-shirt apart so I had one layer of fabric in the shape of a rectangle. I then laid the metal sign on top of the area of the cut t-shirt that I wanted to show on the front of the Memo Board
• I used hot glue all the way around the metal sign and folded my fabric over using a gift wrap fold on each end to finish it
• Once the glue dried it was set to start being used as a Magnetic Memo Board
Easy as can be but oh so fun!
LOVE It!! It is now the perfect message center in our house.
Just think of all the fun things you could use an old white t-shirt for now!
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