Into the Wild Tee
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Into the Wild Tee

Answer the call of the wild by turning a simple tee into an untamed top! Use the Tulip® Wild Thing™ Tie-Dye Kit™, a needle and thread and watch your creativity awaken from hibernation!

Designed by Cheryl Ball, courtesy of iLoveToCreate™, a Duncan Enterprises Company

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip® Tie-Dye Fashion Kit™ Wild Thing™
  • T-shirt, 100% Cotton, Grey
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • Needle and Matching Thread or Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Pins
  • Safety Pins

Project Instructions

Prewash T-shirt, dry without dryer sheet and press. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth and lay shirt face up on work surface.

Wearing plastic gloves from kit, fill Turquoise, Blue and Black dye bottles to indicated line on bottles. Tightly replace lids and shake until each color is thoroughly mixed.

Replace lids of Turquoise and Blue with spray nozzles from kit. Test spray on paper towel.

Position stencil on left shoulder of shirt and cover edges with paper towels to prevent overspray. Spray Turquoise over entire stencil. Next spray desired areas with Blue. Refer to photo.

Carefully remove paper towels and stencil. Wipe excess dye from stencil with paper towels.

Flip over stencil for a different look and position below first design. Repeat spraying with dye. Continue down side of shirt, alternating stencil sides.

Pour Blue dye out of bottle and thoroughly wash bottle. Fill bottle with water and place remaining spray nozzle on bottle. Spray left side of shirt until damp.

Apply Black dye vertically along damp side of shirt, creating an uneven edge and leaving an undyed section between zebra print and black sections. Refer to photo.

Cover freshly dyed shirt with plastic wrap to keep damp. Let dye set 6 to 8 hours or longer for most intense colors.

Fully rinse dyed T-shirt under warm, running water until all extra dye is removed and water runs clear. Fill washer to large load setting with hottest water suitable for the T-shirt fabric and a small amount of laundry soap. Dry in dryer and iron smooth. Wash and dry separately for the first few washes.

Use scissors to cut hem, sleeves and neckband off shirt. Save hem fabric for later.

Cut completely across shoulder seams.

Fold under a 1-inch hem on shoulder fabric and pin in place. Use needle and thread to hand sew or use machine to stitch in place. Repeat with three remaining shoulder sections.

Cut saved strip of hem fabric in half to create two. Attach safety pin at one end of each strip. Thread one strip through shoulder hems, starting at front of shirt on outside edge of hem and pulling toward neckline, then continuing to backside of shirt from neckline to outside of shirt. Remove safety pin and gather ends of strip and tie a knot to secure. Repeat for opposite shoulder. Refer to photo.



Make sure to keep shirt covered with plastic wrap after dyeing to keep damp for most affective dye saturation.