Reverse tie dyeing is a fun twist on traditional tie dye. Instead of adding color to a white t shirt you remove the color from a dark t shirt with bleach. Reverse tie dye can be done in all sorts of patterns and kids will love to try this new way of decorating clothing. There are many reverse tie dye techniques to try and you can even make patterns with bleach pens for more embellishments.
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How To Reverse Tie Dye
I think that has happened to everyone at some point: You are cleaning or doing some laundry when suddenly you look down and notice a big bleach mark on your clothing.
Unlike stains you can’t try to rinse off the mark or use stain remover to quickly get rid of it. The damage is done. Normally I would cry a little on the inside and assign this article of clothing to be used as house cleaning or hair dyeing only attire.
I decided this time to just go with it and have some fun. Which brings us to today’s tutorial: Reverse Tie Dyeing. Instead of using dye to add color to parts of the garment you use bleach to remove color.
Take your shirt and tie elastic bands around it. I used hair elastics because I didn’t have rubber bands and it worked fine. I just grabbed parts of the shirt and twisted the ties as tight as I could. Then I used dental floss and wound around the whole thing to make it extra tight.
Full instructions are at the bottom this post.
Any colored t-shirt will work, but keep in mind that the bleach might not turn it the color you expected! Red will usually turn pink, sometimes white.
Orange most often ends up a lighter shade of orange. Yellow will usually turn white.
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