Tie-Dye Captain-America Shirt

Hope y’all have a great 4th of July!

The 4th has always been one of our favorite holidays (Next to Christmas and Easter, that is! ;)).

Every year we try to dress in red, white, and blue to show our patriotism. Yes, I am proud to be an American! ;)

My hubby is going to wear the Captain America tie-dyed shirt that I made him for Father’s Day.

I found the idea from Pinterest. It came from ManMadeDIY.com.

I think it turned out super cute! (Can I say that about a guy’s shirt?)

It was actually pretty easy to make. Well, once I got the hang of it…

(I will not share with you the disaster that happened when I tried to make shirts for my son’s B-day party and 47 of his friends… ) (Not really 47… more like 10… It just felt like 47!!!) ;)

(Nor will I show you pictures of me spray painting the “tie-dyed” shirts because the tie-dye washed out… Be glad.)

I will share with you the happier times of making my husband’s shirt. *Ahem…*

So, here we go…

Before I mixed up the dye for the shirt, I prepared the shirt by “tying” it up with rubber bands. First, I marked how big I wanted my Captain America shield to be, with a pencil.

Then, I wrapped the sections with rubber bands. Make sure your rubber bands are tight; this will help keep the colors from running together. Next, I wet the shirt with water to help it to dye evenly.

For my hubby’s shirt I used Tulip dye. (You can get special tie-dye dye, but why make it easy?) When I was ready, I followed the directions on the package for everything but the water amount. It called for 1 gallon of water, but I only used ½ a gallon of hot hot hot water.

To make the dyeing process easier, I put the hot dye into little condiment squirt bottles. (Be careful not to burn yourself.)

Working from the inner most part of the shirt; I began squirting the dye onto the shirt sections, holding the shirt over the sink. Starting with blue, and then red for the next section, then I left the next section white, then red again, and finally blue again for the main part of the shirt. To keep the colors from running, I kept the shirt horizontal as best I could. (A little bit of running is okay, I think it adds character to the shirt.)

I poked the tip of the squirt bottle down into the folds of each section I was dying, to give the shirt a good coverage of color.

When I was satisfied with the color, I fastened a measuring cup to the bottom of the white section to catch the dye that might run from the other colors, and to keep the white section elevated to prevent any colors running onto the white section.

Then, I wrapped the wet shirt in a plastic bag, and let it sit overnight.

The next day I zapped the squirt bottles in the microwave for about a minute or so, to get the dye good and hot again. (Be sure to keep an eye on the squirt bottles while doing this, you do not want to melt them.) And, then re-applied the colors, and re-covered the wet shirt in plastic again. I let the shirt sit for about 6 more hours, and then rinsed out the excess colors in the sink.

Once the water ran clear, I washed the shirt in the washing machine, by its self, on cold to help set the colors. Then dried it in the dryer as normal.

After the shirt was clean and dry, I was ready to add the star. I used the freezer paper method.

I found the directions for a One cut star on YouTube and used it to make the star. (I cut my freezer paper to 8 ½ ” x 11” to do this one cut star.) This star is super cool to make! Check it out!

I ironed the shiny side of the paper down on my shirt, making sure that all the edges were well secured to the shirt.

For the paint, I used acrylic outdoor craft paint so it would hold up to washing. (You can also get special fabric paint, but again, why do it the easy way? :D) I applied the paint with a disposable sponge paint brush, spreading it evenly over the shirt.

While the paint was still wet, I peeled the paper from the shirt. I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process a little, and then repeated the process on the back side of the shirt as well.

After both sides of the shirt were done, I let the shirt sit out for few days, giving the paint time to cure, and then re-washed the shirt on cold. I dried it in the dryer as normal.

I love how this shirt turned out! So patriotic! Just perfect for the 4th of July!

Have a wonderful, and safe 4th with your families!

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Tie-Dye Captain-America Shirt — 26 Comments

  1. I love this! My son will too. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has crafting mishaps! I tried the freezer paper with bleach and ended up with bleached out shirts with no pattern. Oh well live and learn. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. These shirts are so cool!! We love them! Thanks for joining us for “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We loved having you and hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

    • Kelley, the first time I made these, I had the same thing happen to me. The trick is using extremely hot water when mixing the dye, and adding it to the shirts while the water is still very hot. (you need to be careful not to burn your self, you might want to wear rubber gloves…) At least that is what I found to be the case. I used the stand alone dye (not “tie-dye” dye, I don’t know if there is a difference). I also only used half the water it called for in the directions, and I let the shirt soak in the dye twice as long as it called for. Hope this helps! :D

  3. Hi! I love this shirt! It turned out so great & I’m glad you shared it. I’m checking you out from the Fabulous Friday feature at Here Comes the Sun.

    If you get a chance check out my Sunflower Wreath that I posted there or at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3903374216259&set=a.3871155090801.2150445.1036342162&type=3&theater


  4. This would be great for my nephew when he get’s a little bit bigger. I will try this out with little bit of variation. Thank you so much for this post!
    I just found your blog through the simply link party!

    Love and Whimsy

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