Mickey's Patriotic Tie-Dye
It's the Fourth of July, and the Mouse is fit to be tied -- tie-dyed that is! Here's a fun red-white-and-blue design for Mickey fans of all ages to don on Independence Day.
- Mickey's Patriotic Tie-Dye Template
- White cotton T-shirt or tank top
- Straight pins
- Waxed embroidery floss
- Sewing needle
- Thick rubber bands
- Plastic for protecting your work surface
- Plastic gloves
- Red and blue fabric dyes
- 2 plastic squeeze bottles
1. Print the template and cut out the pieces.
Pin the center circle to the area of the shirt where you want the Mickey image to go and lightly trace around it with a pencil (the line doesn't need to be dark, just visible). Remove the template piece and pin the paper Mickey head to the shirt in the center of the penciled circle. Trace around the Mickey head and then remove the template piece.
3. Thread a sewing needle with a long piece of dental floss. Pull the needle to the center of the floss so that you will be sewing with a doubled strand of floss. Stitch all along the Mickey head pencil line and then snip the floss to remove the needle.
4. Stitch along the circle line in the same manner.
5. Tightly pull the floss ends of the Mickey head and tie them together. Trim the floss close to the knot. Do the same with the circle floss.
6. Tightly wrap a rubber band around the circle floss (but not the Mickey head floss).
7. Bunch up the shirt below the rubber band and tightly wrap one or two more rubber bands around the shirt beyond the first band, spacing them about two inches apart.
8. Cover a flat work surface with plastic (you will be setting the dyed shirt on this later). Then put on plastic gloves and prepare batches of blue and red dye (according to the manufacturer's directions) in plastic squeeze bottles.
9. Working over the sink or an outdoor tub, wet the T-shirt. Then gently squeeze blue dye on the Mickey head portion of the shirt until the fabric is well saturated. Squirt red dye on the fabric between the rubber bands. Set the dyed shirt on the plastic covered surface for ten minutes or so (the longer it sets, the darker the dye colors will be).
10. Rinse the dyed shirt under cold water until the water runs clear. Remove the rubber bands and rinse the shirt again. Carefully snip the dental floss and remove it. Then gently squeeze out any excess water and allow the shirt to dry. Launder your finished tie-dye shirt according to the dye manufacturer's directions.