4th of July Tie Dye! (One shirt, two ways!)

I worked with Rit Dye on this project and my goal was to get an outfit ready to wear for this holiday weekend! I love July 4th and always need to have a patriotic outfit (as well as some nails) to help with the celebration! Start with a basic cotton t-shirt (grab one from your collection!), a handful of rubber bands, and Scarlet and Royal Blue Rit Dye.

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Add both shades of dye into plastic bottles - this will make it easier to apply dye to the t-shirt in specific areas.

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Fold or twist the shirt to prep for tie dyeing! I went with a horizontal accordion fold that would give me a vertical stripe with the dyes. I folded, rubber banded sections, and started to apply the dye on each side of the rubber bands, alternating colors.

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Let the shirt soak and dry (I waited about 6 hours), remove the rubber bands, and unfold the shirt. Rinse the shirt under cold water until the dye runs clear. Toss the tee into the dryer until it's fully dry.

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

The shirt is complete! With some sleeve rolls, it was time to ring in the 4th รก la Bruce Springsteen!!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

I couldn't just stop there. (This step is totally optional. If you love the tee as is, stop once the shirt has been washed/dried.) I loved how the dye turned out, but I like to cut up my tees before actually wearing them. I removed the ribbed neck, the sleeves, and cut a four-inch slit at the center-bottom of the back of the shirt

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

New, refashioned shirt in just a few quick snippy steps!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Here's a close up of that knotted back...

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

I'm ready to celebrate 'Merica in my red, white, and blue!! Nothing like some tie dye to feel patriotic!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Cue The Star Spangled Banner!!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Happy 4th of July, friends!!!