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September 16, 2013

PINSPIRED: Work pays off for Disney-inspired tie-dye

Tonawanda News — I’ve tie-dyed before. Once. I think. Maybe back when I was a Brownie scout.

If I did, it likely didn’t go well. 

I can be crafty (in the scrapbooking sense, anyway), but anything involving fabric, sewing or wearable art has always been beyond me. I can sew on a button — sort of — but anything more elaborate quickly becomes a tangled mess. Working with dye? Well, that seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

I’d buy my tie-dye shirts at the fair, thanks. It just seemed safer.

In my frenzy of Disney planning earlier this year, however, I kept coming across a certain project, a spiral tie-dyed shirt with the iconic mouse-head shape in the middle. I loved them, and those who made them kept asserting that it was “easy, really!” I had images of my family wearing them on our trip, so I resolved to give it a try.

There are multiple pins of the project on Pinterest. Just search “Mickey tie-dye.”

I bought packages of plain white T-shirts at a department store — plan for them to shrink a little — a tie-dye set and some extra rubber bands. The Tulip-brand dye set I purchased was convenient because it contained all the dye and even bottles to hold it. Most directions recommend 100 percent cotton shirts, which is what we used.

Trace that mouse-head shape on a piece of black paper — the better to see it — and cut out. Trace the shape with light pencil on the front of the shirts.

Thread a needle with non-flavored, non-colored, waxed dental floss. Make sure it’s a pretty long piece; I used 2 1/2 feet. Tie it off at the end. At some point around the traced design, start a basting stitch. (I’m a little ashamed I had to Google “basting stitch” here.) Stitch all the way around the design.

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