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Topic: Pre-T-shirt Surgery: Reverse Tie Dye -- Please help! :)  (Read 1510 times)
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« on: June 25, 2004 11:22:12 AM »

I'm planning to do t-shirt surgery on this plain red t-shirt I bought, but first I want to reverse tie dye it.  I know how I'm going to roll it up and everything, but I just don't know how much bleach to use, how long to leave it in the bleach, and whether to bleach it in the washer or sink.  Has anyone done this before, and if so, can you give me some tips?? Smiley  Thanks a bunch.

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2004 11:40:44 AM »

I did this on a pair of jeans.  I used one third part liquid bleach and two third parts warm water.  However, because your fabric is more absorbent and tender than denim, I would go with one quarter bleach and three quarters warm water, especially if it is cotton.  I had my jeans in the mix for two hours, and then I let them dry in the sun.  Then I ran them through the machine and they were instantly fun!

I also bleach died a black canvas gym tote- if you scrub it with a potato beforehand, the bleach bleeds less.

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2004 02:13:28 PM »

Thanks so much!  I'll try that!! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2004 03:50:53 PM »

I'll probably feel dumb when you tell me, but why a potato? Huh

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2004 04:34:20 PM »

It's the starch.  I think it absorbs more bleach and less water.  I dunno, it was just a crazy plan that I tried and it worked.

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