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Topic: Sharpie Tie Dye Kerchiefs  (Read 7405 times)
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« on: April 06, 2011 06:06:14 PM »

I work for my local Girl Scout council as a Program Manager, which means I (sometimes) get to play! We're planning a huge event to build excitement for the upcoming 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, and we knew we wanted to do something involving kerchiefs. We even found this great quote from the original Girl Scout handbook about tying a knot in your kerchief in the morning ... girls weren't supposed to untie the knot until they did a good turn!

Anyway, we needed to find something cool, quick, easy and inexpensive to do with kerchiefs so ... sharpie tie dye! Which also means I get to play around with samples:

Tried using a yellow kerchief instead of plain white:

And, made a sad attempt at using bleach:

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011 06:28:36 PM »

oh wow, i love these!!!
 how did you do this?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011 06:48:46 PM »


Warning, once you get started it's super addicting! Just wrap the fabric like you would with regular tie dye, and color the sections with sharpies. Once you've colored (the areas don't have to be saturated with color) just pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray the colored and tied bundle! The great thing is that the alcohol evaporates quickly, so the finished piece is ready in a flash!

Have fun!

« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2011 09:10:54 AM »

awesome! thanks Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2011 12:22:11 PM »

Ooh, I did the sharpie drip alcohol thing but never would have thought to tie dye and then spray... Ooh... where is this going?! My mind a'splode!

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2011 01:44:02 PM »

These are the best sharpie tie dyes I've ever seen!  Feeling inspired!  Great job!

« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2011 05:42:23 PM »

Thanks! Smiley

« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2011 08:42:14 PM »

# Smooth a section of the shirt over your plastic cup. You can secure it with a rubber band if you want.
# Dot a Sharpie to form a circle in the center of the area formed by the cup. You are aiming for a dotted ring about 1″ in diameter. You can use more than one color.
# Drip rubbing alcohol on the blank center of the circle. I used the extremely low-tech method of dipping a pencil in the alcohol and dotting it on the shirt. After a few drops, you will see the alcohol spread outward from the center of the ring, taking the Sharpie ink with it.
# Continue adding drops of alcohol until you are satisfied with the size of the pattern.

# Allow a couple of minutes for the alcohol to evaporate before moving on to a clean section of the shirt.
# It doesnt have to be a circle. You can make stars, triangles, squares, lines be creative!
# After your shirt is completely dry (alcohol is flammable, so dont use heat on a damp shirt), set the colors by tumbling the shirt in a hot clothes dryer for ~15 minutes.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2011 09:12:26 AM by Belladune - Reason: to comply with craftser rules » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011 04:47:43 AM »

Wow! That looks great! I love your work.

Enjoy tie dyeing with tie dye kits
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2011 05:31:27 PM »

great project for kids!
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