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Dyed Caps

You don't have to just dye clothes - why not try caps as well!

  • Painter's cap
  • Rubber bands
  • Bucket(s)
  • Dye
  • Scissors

Pre rinse cap. (Painters caps are available at most paint or hardware stores). Tie off cap with rubber bands as desired. You may do so by pushing material up from underside of cap. You can also tie off the peak of the cap as well.
Wearing rubber gloves mix dye (of your choice) in bucket. Place hat in dye for about 30 minutes. Squeeze out excess dye. Rinse under cold water until water runs clear. Cut rubber bands off and air dry.

Puppets
Here is a fun project younger kids will love to make. Sock puppets that look just like their favorite animals!
Tiger

  • Orange sock
  • Black dye
  • Rubber bands
  • Bucket
  • (salt or soda ash if required)
  • Scissors
  • Felt, goodly eyes for decorations

Tie first rubber band about 4 inches from toe of sock. Continue tieing rubber bands around sock about every 1 inch. Use as many rubber bands as you want rings around sock.
Mix dye in bucket as instructed on package. Add salt or soda if necessary. Submerge sock(s) in dye for about 1 hour stirring occasionally. Remove socks from dye and rinse in cool water. When water begins to run clear remove rubber bands. Lay flat to dry or place in dryer with old towels.
Once dry decorate with felt ears, googly eyes either stitched or glued on.

Zebra
Same as above except use white sock. First band should be tied closer then on Tiger so that stripes will go down his nose. Use white felt for ears. Fake hair/curls can be added as well for mane.

Dinosaurs
Same as above except use green socks. Use your imagination to tie off rubber bands. You may decided to go with a different color dye then black for the dinosaur.
Bumble Bee
Same as above except use yellow sock. Pipe cleaners can be used for antenna. You can use paper twist for the wings.

Caterpillars/Snakes
Same as above except use green socks. Again use your imagination as to the color of dye you wish to add to the sock.

Tieing Varieties

Instead of placing rubber bands in rows gather up the garment of your choice from the sides pushing into the middle to form a tight ball. Put rubber bands around garment to hold "ball" shape. Criss Cross the rubber bands around "ball". Dip entire ball into dye. After removing cut rubber bands.

Twisting is another option. Dampen your garment then lay flat. Grasp garment in center and twist clockwise. Keep twisting until the whole garment is pulled together. Once it is pulled together to form a bunched up ball tie off with rubber bands. Criss cross rubber bands into wedges. You can then either dye one color or dip or paint with a variety of colors.

Double Dipping. You can always dye a garment you have tied off with one color. Let project dry then tie off and dye again in a different color. Just remember that colors change as dyed. You can also remove some rubber bands and red dye in a different color. The possibilities are endless.

Other things to Dye

Why stop at dyeing T shirts - use your imagination - anything made of cotton or natural fibres can be dyed!
  • T-shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Dresses
  • Leggings
  • Caps
  • Hair Ties (Scrunchies)
  • Scarves
  • Denim shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
Enjoy and have fun! Adult supervision is recommended.


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