The whole DGY crew, wearing tie dye shirts and holding a rainbow 'START WITH LOVE - DARN GOOD YARN' banner, are waving as they march down the street at the Albany Pride Parade 2022

How to Tie Dye Your DGY Pride 2022 T-Shirt

Written by Kate Curry

Did you peep at the DGY crew marching in the Albany Pride parade? 

The whole DGY crew, wearing tie dye shirts and holding a rainbow 'START WITH LOVE - DARN GOOD YARN' banner, are waving as they march down the street at the Albany Pride Parade 2022

Our team was wearing hand tie dyed shirts that we made together! 

If you want to get yourself a Pride shirt to tie dye, you can follow these easy steps to create the tie dye rainbow of your dreams! 

Materials:

Dyes 

White or light colored clothing (like our DGY Pride 2022 Unisex T-Shirt

Gloves 

Plastic bag 

Bucket for rinsing

Rubber bands or string 

Steps:

Step 1: Using a clean shirt, fold, twist, or wrap it into the style of your choice. Once it is twisted to your liking, use the rubber bands or string to keep your shirt together.  

A person wearing rubber gloves is wrapping a white t-shirt up into a tight ball and then wrapping rubber bands around the shirt.

Step 2: It’s soaking time! Dunk your shirt into your bucket of water, making sure it is totally drenched. 

Step 3: Apply your dye! Make sure you’re doing this outside or in a place you can’t make a mess and stain everything. Tips:

 Make sure that you’re getting the dye in all those little nooks and crannies. You don’t want any bare spots! 

Colors are great - but too many colors can blend together to make a mushy brown if you use too much dye.  

Two women are outside, reaching into a gray bin to grab bottles of dye that they will use to tie dye their white t-shirts.

Step 4: Once you’re done dyeing, wrap your shirt into a plastic bag. 

Step 5: Let your shirt rest for 24 hours 

Step 6: In your bucket, rinse your shirt. Take off the rubber bands or strings and rinse your shirt under running water until it runs clear. 

A hand is swishing around a tied tie-dyed shirt in water, rinsing the dye out of the fabric
Step 7: Wash your shirt on a normal setting

Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.