Saturday, June 30, 2012
DIY - Dying a Tank Top
I bought a pack of 5 Men's Hanes Tank Tops in large the other day. I did it with the intention of dying these tanks to use as tops, and also to use some as tops to sundresses. Right now I am just going to go into the process of dying these tanks.
I buy them large because since I will be dying them, they will be in very hot water, so, no big surprise, they are going to shrink. Sometimes they will have packs for women, but I could not find any, so the men's shirts will be fine.
For this project you will need:
Rit Liquid Dye, or whatever dye you want to use
tank tops or t shirts
The first thing I do is add very hot water to a pan, and then turn the stove on. So that the water stays really hot. I then add half a bottle of the dye to the pan and stir it with a metal spoon. Next, get the tank wet with cold water from the sink, and squeeze. You just want to put a wet tank in the dye bath, so that the dye takes evenly.
Now you will put the wet tank in the dye bath. Just turn the heat on your stove down to low to keep the water hot. Stir the tank in the dye bath to make sure that it is being dyed evenly. I will stir the tank about every 5 minutes.
The tank will be done after 30 minutes. Pour the dye bath out of the pan and add cold water. Rinse the tank in the cold water, then fill the pan with cold water and add 1 cup of vinegar. This is to set the dye. Let it sit for 30 minutes. You can now put your tank in the dryer to finish setting the dye.
Once dry, you are done and you have a new tank in whatever color you want. You can also mix dye colors to get other colors that you might like.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at anytime. I would love to hear what you think about this project.