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Re: [teacherartexchange] I need suggestions for fabric dye and tie-dye


Date: Tue Dec 18 2007 - 08:55:03 PST

Hi Heather,

I have used procion dyes and put them in squuze bottles. Instead of
rubber bands, have each student bring in two plastic bags (two is
safer). Have students squeeze two or three colors of dye into the bag
that already has the wet shirt in it. Tie up the bag and wring it
around a bit and put it inside the other dry bag. Have the students
bring the shirts home like that for the parents to rinse and hang up.
Students can wear shirts when they dry.



> I've been told that in order to prepare for field day at my school, it is
> tradition for the art classes to tie-dye T-shirts for the kids to wear.
> All the dye is supposed to be ordered by me - the only problem is I know
> very little about it. Does anyone have recommendations of child-safe
> dyes? I'd like them to be of decent quality, but I think the deciding
> factor is going to be cost, since I have to have enough for 600 shirts.
> Where can I buy in bulk?
> Also, does anyone have any tie-dye tips? I know I'm not allowed to use
> rubber bands with them, so I'm kind of at a loss for how to do this.
> Ugh...the idea of tie-dying 600 shirts in one day is making me break out
> in cold sweat.
> Help!
> Heather
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