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Topic: Sharpie Tie Dye Unicorn T-Shirt  (Read 16199 times)
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« on: January 03, 2014 07:59:36 PM »

The original post that inspired me: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327588.0#axzz2pOF0kWso

I've been wanting to make my little girl a unicorn shirt using this method ever since I first saw the original post.



Here is a tutorial of how I did it.  Smiley

You'll need:
Sharpie pens in any colors you'd like
rubbing alcohol
a t shirt or fabric
sponge brush or watercolor brushes... I used some of my kids' brushes.
a frame of sorts to stretch your fabric so that it doesn't lay flat against any surface.

First I stretched the shirt over a plastic tote lid, so that the shirt itself was raised a bit & not resting flat against the plastic. I figured this would help keep the colors from running where I didn't want them to run. I think if you're doing a small area, an embroidery hoop or q-snap type of frame would work well too.


Next, draw your design on your fabric lightly. The colors are all going to go crazy & bleed into one another, so you don't have to be precise.  Wink


Note: This is what the ink looks like before and after you brush on a little rubbing alcohol.


Then loosely color it in leaving white spaces in between your lines to avoid it getting too muddy looking.


Next, you brush on the rubbing alcohol all over the areas you want the color to explode & run together. Note that it's sometimes going to go where you don't expect it to... as Bob Ross would say, these are happy accidents. Especially on a kiddo's unicorn shirt!  Wink


You can add more color & rubbing alcohol as needed to get your desired effect. I did more linework & shading here...


Finally, you'll want to heat set your sharpie ink before you wash your shirt. I let it dry completely & ironed it.

My little girl loved it! I hope you find yourself inspired to try this method & come up with your own fun designs! Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014 08:12:37 PM »

This is really cute, thank you for the tutorial! My daughter and I spent the night in the garage trying to figure out how to use this little airbrushing kit to decorate some of her shirts, but we got the kit at goodwill, and there was a reason it was there apparently! So we were blowing into the back of the markers instead of being able to use the airbrush thing.
The Sharpie method seems like a much cuter and easier way! I can't wait to try it out!
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014 04:51:39 AM »

Who wouldn't love that?!
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014 05:33:21 AM »

Who wouldn't love that?!

I know, right? I think I need to make one for myself next!  Cheesy

Thank you for the sweet comments guys!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2014 07:47:10 AM »

It turned out fab!
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2014 08:50:27 AM »

Cute! Thanks for sharing how you made the shirt.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014 05:37:25 PM »

Cute! Thanks for sharing how you made the shirt.

Hoping to share more this year! It's one of my resolutions to post more projects on craftster! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014 10:42:42 AM »

how cute - so going to try this - thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2014 05:46:37 AM »

This turned out amazing!  Thanks for the tutorial.  My daughter and I are going to have to try this Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2014 08:30:23 AM »

that looks great, I think I need to try that sometime
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2015 10:40:52 AM »

How did I miss this before? It's adorable!
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015 07:55:22 PM »

I've seen sharpie tie dye but never with a fun design like this! You guys nailed it.

Congrats on being in the "best of" list this year!!
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I had to book mark this
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2015 03:28:44 PM »

wow! I love it! who knew you could do more then concentric rings with sharpie tie dye? Congrats on making the Best of 2015!
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2015 09:37:54 AM »

How does it hold up in the wash?
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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2016 11:22:22 AM »

Cool!  I'm always looking for new ways to spice up t-shirts, and this looks pretty easy.  I wonder if it would work on a color besides white, since white and I don't get along very well?
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2016 07:04:05 PM »

It held up pretty well considering how much she wore it. I do recommend ironing a lot to set the color & then washing it on a gentle cycle. Wink

Thank you GreatAwk for being inspired! I think light colors would give you the best results.
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2016 09:27:16 PM »

Looks really fun to try out. Cheesy When you wash it it won't stain the other clothing? Can I wash it by hand instead? How do you heat set the colors?
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