How to Decorate Kids' T-Shirts


Spiral Kids' T-Shirt
Your kid will love the spiral kids' T-shirt.
Your kid will love the spiral kids' T-shirt.

The spiral kids' T-shirt decorating idea uses a cool spiral technique to create a one-of-a-kind T-shirt sure to become your kid's favorite.

The sky's the limit when you use the spiraling technique to add color to a simple T-shirt. Don't stop with one or two colors -- give your creativity free rein.

What You'll Need:

  • White cotton T-shirt
  • 6 rubber bands
  • Purple and teal fabric dye
  • 2 squeeze bottles
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors

How to make the spiral kids' T-shirt:

Step 1: Soak shirt in cold water. Remove from water and wring out excess fluids.

Step 2: Lay shirt face-down on work surface. Place three fingers (thumb, index, middle finger) in middle of shirt. Press down firmly with your fingers and twist the shirt clockwise.

The spiral will start to form as you spin the shirt with your fingers. With your other hand, keep the pleats sharp as they form. When the shirt is tightly twisted, it will form a circle.

Press down firmly with your fingers
Press down firmly with your fingers

Step 3: Place a rubber band across the center of the shirt. Place another rubber band across the center in the opposite direction. Add four more rubber bands, dividing the circle into 12 equal wedges.

Use several rubber bands to divide the circle into 12 equal wedges.
Use several rubber bands to divide the circle into 12 equal wedges.

Step 4: Wearing rubber gloves, put dye into squeeze bottles. Apply dye by starting at the outside of one wedge and squeezing dye into wedge. Stop before you get to the center point. Continue alternating dyes until all wedges have color.

Alternate dyes until all the wedges have color.
Alternate dyes until all the wedges have color.

Step 5: Turn the shirt over and apply dye to the opposite side, making sure to squeeze the same color dye into the same wedge as on the front. Continue until all wedges are dyed.

Let dye set 30 to 60 minutes. Rinse under cold water, gently squeezing until water runs clear. Blot with paper towels.

Blot with paper towels.
Blot with paper towels.

Step 6: Cut rubber bands off with scissors. Unroll shirt and let air-dry.

Cut rubber bands off with scissors.
Cut rubber bands off with scissors.

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