Summer Day Camp Bleach Tie-Dye Shirts

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Hello followers of the Summer Day Camp Series on The Craft Nest.  I am totally excited to be sharing along with others on things to do for Summer Day Camp!  I mean, who doesn’t have  a few howling kids hanging around them begging for things to do?  We are hitting the time when the excitement from being out of school is gone and the I’m bored and have nothing to do hits.

The girl scouts had a little campout in my backyard and I found a great project that I could control the mess, but they could have fun with the activity.  They are in charge of the design and twisting a thousand rubber bands.

summer day camp bleach tie dye shirtsummer day camp tie dye shirt / patchwork posse

Let’s get started shall we-

1)  Purchase your shirts—-any color!  For this process they really do need to be a color. I found a bunch at the dollar store {I know totally lucky, and they were Hanes brand too} that were this wierd kind of purple. Perfect for this project and the girls!

2)  I didn’t prewash, but it took a lot longer for the bleach to work.  Longer than I would have thought, so maybe you want to prewash to remove any kind of sizing and dye stuff they have going on when making them.

3)  Fold, twist, scrunch, bundle– and then rubber band the shapes.  Just like a typical tie dye method.

This is where the moms step in and finish it for them– the kids can go off and play.

4)  Mix bleach and water, equal parts into a bucket {use gloves to protect your hands}

5)  Stuff all banded shirts into bucket of bleach water

bleach tie-dye

6)  Wait patiently.  Keep an eye on those shirts.  The color does take a bit to start changing from the origional to another color that is layered underneath when they are dying the fabric.  We were thinking that this would take just a few minutes, but it ended up to take around 20 or so and then we got real impatient and I sprinkled bleach on them.  Yup, straight from the bottle.  These weren’t cheap thin shirts so they totally handled it just fine.

You do want to make sure that holes don’t appear.  That is when you have let the bleach tie-dye stick around too long.

7)  Remove the shirts, remove the rubber bands, throw into the washer for a wash and dry.

8)  Show off to your friends and of course wear them!

bleach tie-dye tutorial / patchworkposse

The dark purple is the original color.  The lighter purple/pink is what the bleach tie-dye revealed.  Super fun!  Each shirt was totally different.  I would recommend writing initials on the collar or tag so you can find whose is whose.  {we did luckily!}

Don’t forget to hop on over to The Craft Nest and see what other projects for Summer Day Camp will be posted.

Have you ever  used this bleach tye-die method?  If so, what was your results or tips to share?

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