• Shirts must be damp throughout the process.
  • Wash shirts with 1 cup of vinegar in warm water. The black shirts do not need tie die powder (RIT powder).
  • Turn shirts inside out to avoid colour splattering when removing the elastics.
  • Tie elastics according to desired pattern – see video for examples https://youtu.be/rM1M932ieD4
  • Apply straight bleach to desired areas. If black does not fade within 20 minutes, use a new bottle of bleach. Use gloves and a syringe without a needle (for example, one used by children to take oral medications. DISCARD syringe after use).
  • Add colour before shirts become too dry. Let colour sit for minimum of 24 hours.
  • RINSE:
    • When outside, quickly rinse with hose on drying rack or grass.
    • When inside, gently rinse in sink or bucket.
    • Place shirts individually in cold water bath – enough water to cover the shirt. Cold water bath consists of a cup or more of white vinegar and one tablespoon of table salt.
    • Let each shirt soak in cold water bath for 45 minutes (do not agitate).
  • After 45 minutes, lay shirt flat until dry. When all shirts are dry, wash on cold cycle with one cup of vinegar.
  • Put shirts in dryer on medium heat until dry.
This plastic syringe with no needle is the best tool for the job! An easy, controlled way to apply bleach to black shirt. DISCARD syringe after use.
The bleach will start to fade the desired section within 20 minutes.
Add colour to bleached sections.
Directly after cutting the elastics, rinse before placing shirts into cold bath.
After rinsing shirts, place into cold water bath with 1 or more cups of white vinegar and one tablespoon of table salt.
Cold water kitchen sink rinse.
Finished Product. The Perfect Black Tie Die.