I have been wanting to try tie dye with the kids for ages. Today was the day! I was intimidated by the idea of trying the spiral design but it was actually really easy. I found an online video showing someone preparing the shirt for the dye and it clicked for me. It was confusing reading about it but seeing someone do it made it all make sense. Isn't that often the way? I didn't want to waste the dye so I tried to think of something other than tshirts to dye and underwear came to mind. My kids love fun underwear so we dyed some of those too! My nephew's fifth birthday is next week and his favorite color is yellow. The yellow shirt and underwear will be his. And we couldn't leave out his little brother so he will be getting a blue shirt. My son and daughter will keep the others. I bet they will be wearing them tomorrow. They want to put them on right now but they need to dry first! I want to try some more; buying slightly higher quality shirts. These are just undershirts bought at the dollar store. I didn't want to spend a lot while I was still learning. Now that I feel a little more confident, I was thinking of some long sleeve, heavier shirts for fall. By the way, dye and little kids really don't mix. It was a little stressful, especially when the baby woke from nap in the middle of the project!
Edited to add: I wanted to add that I wish that I had been able to get more of the shirts into multiple colors but I used the bowls that I had and they were a little deep and the shirts just slipped in all the way. Then I came up with a solution. I used large wooden spoons or serving spoons and slipped one of the elastics over the handle and rested the handle across the bowl. That way the clothing was only partially submerged. I doubt that I am the first to discover that solution but I want to mention it because it worked really well and I wish I had thought of it earlier!