26 responses

  1. cookieandclaire
    July 1, 2011

    love it!

  2. Art For Little Hands
    July 1, 2011

    That is so cool and seems much easier than doing actual tie dye. Awesome. And Tie dye is in style right now too. Double awesome. I am excited to be following your blog now.

  3. Anonymous
    July 1, 2011


  4. Heather @ Localfunforkids
    July 1, 2011

    Wow! I’ve never seen this before but I love this idea. Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday & Have a great weekend!

  5. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree
    July 2, 2011

    Gorgeous shirt! Beautiful job!

  6. Mama Pea Pod
    July 3, 2011

    Wow, these turned out great! Must add this to my summer bucket list!

    Now following, and sharing on the Mama Pea Pod facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mamapeapod

  7. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011

    Excellent will give it a crack at Kinder. I’m in Australia and absolutely love your site. Does anything else other than Alcohol work. Thx Wendy

  8. Susan Blossom
    July 19, 2011

    Please give us some tips on how you did the alterations to make your shirt more feminine?

  9. april@gingerbread
    July 27, 2011

    wow i really love this, im gonna do this project with my boys! thanks

  10. Kaycee
    July 28, 2011

    My daughter is always wanting to decorate shirts, she will love this!!! Thanks!

  11. Kaycee
    July 28, 2011

    As a sidenote, does it ruin the markers, or are they still useable????

  12. Kelly
    February 1, 2012

    We made these and both times the sharpie washed out accept for the beginning dots. Both times I heat set the color using the dryer.. didn’t work! Will try the iron next time.

  13. Anonymous
    February 15, 2012

    I tried making pillowcases with my kids using the same idea. I heat set it with a iron, I even ran it trough a hot cycle in the dryer before I washed it for the first time and my colors still faded quite badly. It really only looks like an inside ring and an outside ring. Any ideas on what I could have done differently? I know you said sharpies didnt work to well for you but that was all I had, and they worked fine to make them they just didnt last when washed.

  14. Anonymous
    March 9, 2012

    Oh my gosh this would be a wonderful family activity with the grand kids I can’t wait to try it!!!Thanks for the totally awesome idea.

  15. Anita Hawkins
    March 18, 2012

    Does anyone know if vinegar works well for this?

  16. Anonymous
    May 3, 2012

    How do you keep the colors from fading?

    I’m nervous to put a hot iron on the alcohol rich shirt. Fire? Has anyone had a bad experience with this?

    Someone mentioned soaking in salt water overnight, before washing with water only, then to dryer. Has anyone tried this?? Ty!!

    • Andrea Maahfuz
      July 30, 2013

      First of all, rubbing alcohol evaporates and will not catch fire.
      For colorfastness, I was always taught salt OR vinegar would do the trick, but read on another site.
      I found this site where this lady dyes her own fabrics to be used in quilt making and she has done her own her testing on her process of making her fabrics colorfast. I hope this will help.

      • Andrea Maahfuz
        July 30, 2013

        I meant to say that I read on another site that neither vinegar or salt help set dye.

      • Heidi
        July 30, 2013

        Thanks for the link, Andrea! Hopefully that will help some of the people who have had questions. I appreciate it! :)

  17. Anonymous
    June 9, 2012

    I tye dye a lot and always soak my items in soda ash first it may work w/sharpies to help set the color

  18. lea michele
    June 21, 2012

    This is really good design with tie dye kid’s apparel.Good job with good attempt.thank you.

  19. rubi paul
    July 5, 2012

    I like this concept of tie dye shirts
    . Its a nice gift for young child.

  20. Vida Bombek
    August 6, 2012

    We had wonderful time doing that, only after the first washing the pictures disapeared (we ironed it before), any ideas how to make it more durable?

  21. Anonymous
    August 8, 2012

    Hello, could you please address the questions about colors fading? I made this shirt using a different tutorial, but I ironed and used the dryer and my colors washed through the back of the shirt ruining it. I would really like to try to save the front, because the colors are great and it took my daughter and I a long time to plan out how we wanted to arrange our colors. NOw I’m highly disappo0inted that this was all a big seeming waste of time.

    • Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space
      August 8, 2012

      I’m so sorry that it didn’t work for you. I’m not sure what the problem is since it seems to work for some people and not others. Our shirts have held up fairly well with only some minor fading, in fact, my son wore his that he made last year just yesterday. Perhaps it has something to do with the actual shirts that were used. Be sure to pre-wash all of your fabrics to remove any sizing or detergents present from manufacturing.

      Perhaps pre-soaking the shirt (and then allowing it to dry) in vinegar, soda ash or washing soda might help set the dye (like they do when tie dyeing shirts the traditional way). I’ve never had to use these methods, but they’d probably be a good place to start. Good luck!

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2012

      You may have better luck with the color if you use 100% cotton T-shirts. They seem to absorb the color and hold it better than a 50-50 fabic.
      I know that some people have also washed the garmet in salt water to set the color.
      Try it first on a sample/scrape piece of cotton and the salt water set.good luck….

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