Fall is coming!! Yay! That means boots and sweaters and SCARVES!
I love scarves in any form. I have all sorts of infinity scarves, knit scarves, and pashminas, but the one I get the most compliments on is a simple T-Shirt scarf I have. I decided I wanted to recreate one using a tie dyed t-shirt, to give it a fun effect. I used the Tulip Tie Dye kits. It’s time to tie dye your summer, guys! I am so excited to tie dye so many things! I even grabbed a pair of white jeans I am going to fancy up!
I love these Tulip kits because it makes Tie Dye SO easy. I used to tie dye at summer camp as a kid and I don’t remember it ever being this easy! They come in their own bottles, with a highly concentrated powder dye already in them! You just add warm water and shake. SO EASY!
I wanted a warm Ombre effect, and I wanted almost the entire shirt to be dyed, with very little white left. I just bunched my shirt up and tied them with rubbed bands every few inches. I ended up with a long, skinny bunch of fabric. I used hot pink, red, orange and yellow. I started at one end with pink, and applied heavily to the shirt until it was very saturated. If you find that you’re not getting the saturation you want, get the shirt slightly damp before dying. Next I used the red, making sure to blend into the pink to get a true fading gradient of an ombre. Orange next and yellow last.
Leave a bit of dye in each bottle in case you need to go back and blend better.
Let your project sit for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Rinse well, removing most of the remaining dye.
There will be at lot of dye, so rinse for a few minutes.
Once rinsed well, wash with a small amount of soap, and tumble dry. Now you’re ready to make your scarf!
When the shirt is dry, lay it flat and remove the bottom seam. Cut your shirt into strips about 1-2 inches wide.
Continue up until you reach the sleeves, save the top portion of the shirt for later.
Cut one side of the strips to create one LONG strip.
Gently pull each strip until it curls, and creates a long “thread”.
Continue with all the strips until you have lots of long “threads”. Separate them into colors in 3 sections.
Braid the 3 bunches together for about 6-12 inches, depending on how long you want the braided section.
Now, using the remaining t-shirt we put away, cut strips out of the chest area, and pull into small threads. These will be used to secure both ends of the braid. Once your braid is long enough, secure and tie a knot.
Wrap the short threads around the knot and secure to hide the knots. Next you will take both loose ends of the scarf threads and using the shorter threads you made wrap to secure them together. Make sure you wrap tightly, so the scarf does not come undone.
I like to tie a knot, trim the ends and tuck under the wrap. Now you can wear this, wrap it twice around, or give them as gifts. They add a nice pop of color to any outfit!
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