Momi Berlin got a text message from Firstborn. He needs a white shirt, three packs of Joboss and a bundle of rubber band. I got home and my guess was right. He needed to tie-dye a shirt.
Tie-die made a big hit in the 1960s and resurfaced in the 1990s. Since then, it has moved in and out of fashion. But I still do not appreciate its look, more so find it creative or attractive.
So I left Firstborn to make his project by himself.
easy steps to tie-dye a shirt: materials
a pack of dye
empty bottle container
7 easy steps to tie-dye a shirt
1. Boil water. In an empty bottle, pour the hot water and dye powder. Shake.
2. Wash the white shirt under running water and wring out excess water after. A semi-wet fabric accepts the dye easily.
3. Lay shirt on a flat surface. Locate the center of the shirt then pinch the fabric and start twisting it around in a swirl.
4. Wrap a rubber band about two inches down from the center. Keep wrapping rubber bands down the length of the shirt until you get to the end. You may need three-four rubber bands.
Next, start squirting the dye on the shirt.
5. Put the dyed shirt into a ziplock and leave it overnight.
6. Remove the shirt from the bag. Remove the rubber bands and wash the shirt under running water until the water runs clear.
7. Let it air-dry
I guess Firstborn enjoyed doing his project. He told me that tie-dyeing requires creativity to get the swirls and depth of its color. But more than anything else, Firstborn learned to work on his own. He gained confidence from that simple tie-dye project. He quipped as well that in tie-dyeing a shirt, one needs to cover all surfaces with plastic to prevent staining.
I got his point then. I need to scrub off some stain in my kitchen.
* My firstborn’s school project about three years ago. We were cleaning the boys’ cabinet and saw his tie-dye shirt thus this momi decided to repost this blog.
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.