Creating many new things on your own can give you a lot of satisfaction. Many people like to create a lot of art and craft items that can be used for decorating the interiors of a home. Some people are crazy about fashion. From clothes to hair bands and ornaments you can create anything if you are a bit creative. If you are one of those who love to try certain tips and tricks to create some fashionable items like T-shirts etc, follow this simple guide to make a watermark t-shirt at home. All you require is some time and a few items that you can easily pick from your departmental stores.
Complexity level: Moderate
Time required: One day
1. Plain white t-shirt
2. Blue gel glue
3. Color fabric dye
4. Cool water
1. Prepare the t-shirt
First, wet your t-shirt or dress that you want to transform in cold water and keep a water-resistant board in between the two layers of the cloth. For example, you can use a plastic lid of a bin or a tray etc.
2. Design according to your choice
The next step is designing. If you are an artist you can create impressive designs using the glue. But if you are not, you can as well use a lot of quotes and simple write one of these on your dress. If you do not like to use words then choose some simple designs and draw it across the t-shirt. Let it dry completely and it may take many hours for drying.
3. Dye the cloth
Now when the design is ready, the next step is dying the cloth with your favorite color. For this, you need to prepare the dye bath. Use only cold water for the bath. Use different amounts of dye till you find the exact color or shade you require. One thing to remember is that the color you see in the bath is a few shades darker than what you actually get of the fabric after it dries up. After getting the exact color, dip the cloth in the bath and take it out and lay it flat for drying.
4. Wash the t-shirt
After the t-shirt with the dyed color is dry, soak the cloth in cool and soapy water for at least 15 minutes. This is for removing any extra glue on the fabric. Wash it normally and let it dry.
5. Wear and enjoy
Once the designed, colored and washed t-shirt is ready, you can wear it and enjoy to your heart's content. You will be very satisfied and happy when you see the beautiful design you have created. If possible you can create the same and gift it to your friends.
Frequently asked questions
1. What kind of materials is good for dying?
Ans: Cotton clothes are good for dying. They catch the color easily and you can get the shades whatever you want quickly. The finished design lasts longer too.
2. How to use the fabric dye?
Ans: Take the amount of fabric dye you need and mix it well with half a bucket of water or just enough to soak your dress completely. The color in the mixture may seem to be very dark. When you use it on a cloth the actual shade you get will be lighter. So use the dye according to the shade you want to get the perfect color.
1. Cotton fabric is best for dying.
2. Use cool water for washing the shirt after dying as well as for the dying process.
3. Use blue gel glue instead of white. The effect is more with the blue color.
Things to watch out for
1. While using the glue ensure that you keep a surface for separating both the layers of the t-shirt to prevent it from getting stuck.
2. Check the color of the dye on a piece of cloth before using on your t-shirt if you want to get the right color.
3. After the gel is used for designing, the fabric should be dried well before dying.