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A Friend bought me a tie dye shirt, but says it has not been "set yet". i thought you set the dye while you dye it. Does anyone know how to "set" a tie dye T-shirt?

It's really pretty. I usually don't like tie dye, but this one is very artfully done & i think i want to try & wear it. But, i don't want the dye rubbing off on me..

How am i supposed to set this thing? I read something about ash? But, i read that you're supposed to set it either before you dye or during the process....anybody know what I'm talking about?

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Asked by samurai_chica at 11:31 AM on Jun. 27, 2011 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Throw it in the dryer. The heat should set it.

    Answer by CometGirl at 11:32 AM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • thanks cometgirl! I'll try that.

    Comment by samurai_chica (original poster) at 11:34 AM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • In cold water & vinegar

    Answer by admckenzie at 11:59 AM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • You have to wash it in cold water and vinegar,, if you put it in the dryer first, it will rub off on the inside of the dryer,, and then you are going to have a mess!!!

    Answer by kimigogo at 12:01 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • Wrap the freshly tie-dyed shirt in paper towels and place the wrapped shirt into the plastic bag.

    Squeeze the excess air from the plastic bag and seal the bag.

    Set the bag aside for 24 hours. If you allow more than 24 hours to elapse, the edges of your tie-dye colors may blur slightly.

    Open the bag after the 24 hours elapses and take the shirt out of the bag. Remove the paper towels surrounding the T-shirt and discard them.

    Fill a sink with hot water and add 1 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent to the hot water. Swirl the water around to make bubbles appear.

    Put the shirt in the water and hand wash it thoroughly. You will see dye come off the shirt in the water as you wash it.

    Rinse the shirt in hot water until the water runs clear and no additional dyes come off the T-shirt.

    Place the T-shirt into the dryer. Set the dryer to a hot setting and d

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:15 AM on Jun. 28, 2011

  • Place the T-shirt into the dryer. Set the dryer to a hot setting and dry the shirt completely.


    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:15 AM on Jun. 28, 2011

  • Store-bought tie-dye

    Step 1: Read the care label. Most tie-dyed fabrics and garments can be washed in warm or cold water. Wash your garment accordingly. If there are any stains, spray them with pre-treatment spray and let the spray soak into the fabric for a few minutes. Use a spray that does not contain any bleach; this can harm the color in the fabric.

    Step 2: After treating any stains, place the shirt in the washer and add detergent. Be sure to use a gentle soap that contains no bleach.

    Step 3: After washing the shirt, hang it up to air-dry or lay it flat to dry. Air drying helps keep colors bright and reduces fading.

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:19 AM on Jun. 28, 2011

  • Homemade tie-dye

    Step 1: Pre-treat any stains as needed. Let the garment sit for 5-10 minutes after spraying to let the spray soak into the fabric.

    Step 2: Handwash the shirt in cold water. Let the shirt soak in a bath of cold water with washing detergent for 10-15 minutes. Using your hands, gently rub the fabric together to remove dirt and grime. Wring out water and soap, then rinse the shirt in cold water to remove any lingering soap. Wring out all excess water.

    Step 3: Let the shirt air-dry to preserve the color. Iron on a low setting if needed.

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:20 AM on Jun. 28, 2011

  • I love tie-dye!

    Answer by tasches at 4:25 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Bump!

    Answer by Hollyann126 at 9:33 AM on Jul. 20, 2011

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