Sunday, 23 September 2012

Ombre dyed, polka dot t-shirt


How much fun is this for spring?

I bought some new spray dyes for fabric. They are called Tumble Dyes and they come in a wide range of colours. They are really easy to apply - just spray straight from the bottle. I ordered these four gorgeous colours from Dharma Trading in the US, (along with a few other things ;) They were not expensive and the postage to Australia was very reasonable.


My mind is spinning with possibilities for these, but to start with I tried this simple t-shirt. I decided to make my t-shirt, but this could easily be done on an existing t-shirt.

Here's what to do:

Fold a piece of paper into four and draw some circles (or whatever shape you fancy). I used my old school Math-o-mat. A circle punch would be even better.


Cut out the circles and place them on your t-shirt. I Tumble-dyed my t-shirt before I sewed it together. This gives a neater dye finish at the seams, but is not necessary if you have a ready-made t-shirt. Place the dots randomly or in a pattern. Remember to place some card or newspaper inside your shirt if you are using an existing one.


After blowing some of my circles away while spraying the dye, I decided to weigh them down using metal washers. If you have freezer paper you could iron the circles on to your fabric before dyeing.


Hold the bottle 10-15cm from the fabric and spray away. I sprayed more at the top of the t-shirt and less near the bottom to create the ombre effect.


Once the spray has dried, remove the circles and iron the fabric (or place in a warm dryer) to heat-set the dye.


Make your t-shirt. I used white trim for the neckband, but you could dye some to match or contrast with your design.


Told you it was simple!


Have you Tumble dyed anything lately?

11 comments:

  1. Cute! I've seen some really beautiful and exciting garments made using this product on US blogs, but of course we cannot get it here so I have never used it :) Hopefully Spotlight will get it in one of these days.

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    1. I know, so many things are not available here. Hooray for online shopping!!

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  2. That should have read "some "other" really beautiful" etc, since your project is beautiful too :)

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  3. Oh god I've been looking for a product just like those dyes! I love your t-shirt too, I have an inkblot kind of tee on my pinboard that I think will be perfect for the product. Off to research now :-)

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    1. Thank you :) An inkblot tee sounds intriguing. Good luck with it. I'll look out for it on your blog!

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  4. So simple but very ontrend and very cool.

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  5. This is fantastic! Cool idea!

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  6. Love your shirt. How about cutting out your dots or any shape from adhesive paper? I'm going to have to try that.

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    1. Adhesive paper is a fab idea which would have made the spraying much easier. Good luck making yours!

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  7. Nifty! Did this dye change the hand of the fabric, or is it still soft and flexible?

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    1. No, not at all. I could not notice any difference in the fabric after dyeing.

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