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Read this suggestion for tie dying T-shirts, submitted by Lamyaa.


Instructions:
I recently was a counselor at our Mosque's summer camp. I had the kids make their own tie-dye shirts in the colors they wanted, hang them on the line themselves - and then designed a camp logo on my computer and printed it out onto iron-on ink jet paper. Then the logo was ironed on to the back of the tie-dyed T-shirts. They had a nice memory to take home with them from camp - plus it was an easy way to recognize them on field trips.

I used the hot water method (and added a cup of salt to the water to help it set better) The kids went in small groups, supplied with rubber gloves to keep from staining hands. (dying temperature was not hot enough to scald, though).

We began by sitting around in a circle where I distributed a 50/50 cotton polyester blend white T-shirt and a handful of different-sized rubber bands. I showed them different methods of placing the rubber bands and also tying areas in knots and the twist method. Multicolored effects were done going from darker to lighter, removing some rubber bands and knots going from color to color.

After setting in the dye (20 minutes to 1/2 hour each color), I let them hang their shirts up on a clothes line. That evening, after camp hours, I took them all to a laundromat and drying them an additional 9 minutes in a commercial dryer in order to stabilize the colors before doing the iron-on camp logo (generated on my computer using a simple word-processing method and printing out onto ink-jet iron-on transfer paper).

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