Results from ice dyeing some teeshirts to upcycle into pajamas for my sons.
I've seen a lot of people showing off the ice dyeing so I had to try it. I ordered the kit below from Amazon and got started on some old teeshirts of my husbands. They were white everywhere but the armpits so I wanted to upcycle them into pajamas for the boys... But obviously plain white is a bit boring.
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|I diy'ed a mask, lol.|
The dyes for the kit were each half used after I dyed these eight white teeshirts, but I still had plenty of the soda ash left. Note that I've also heard you can substitute washing soda for the soda ash. I might try that next time.
Things to note:
- I used a big 5 gallon bucket, 1/3 cup of the ash, and about 3 gallons of water to soak shirts in first. Still had lots of ash left.
- For those shirts, I felt like I used quite a bit of the dye. I'm not positive though because the dye isn't a full container when you open it (typical "room for air", they were as full as I would've expected).
- Use a mask and preferably do this outside. I used a mask but still felt a bit lightheaded, even though I couldn't smell anything. Maybe I was just overtired or maybe it was the powder/dyes.
- I assume you can do regular dyeing with this, but I was trying to do ice dyeing... basically you put down fabric, then cover with ice, then put dye on top of that. Because the ice all melts at a bit different rate, you'll get interesting colors and patterns. I'm excited. I actually mixed regular ice cubes with shredded ice too. You'll use a LOT of ice for this... if you don't have an ice maker in your fridge then you'll want to buy bags of ice. I used ALL the ice in my freezer bin (ice maker) and still wish I'd had more. Next time I'll probably empty the ice bin into a bucket and put in our big freezer, wait for it to make more, then use both bins worth.
- I'm looking forward to snow season because I'll probably retry this with snow instead of ice.
- I let it sit for 24 hours. I think it might be better to be left on longer, but I'm not positive. Make sure you use enough dye.
- I did this in my bath tub, but it dyed a bit of the bathtub in the areas that were right under the tray I had them on. I recommend putting something down... I knew better before I did this, but did it anyways. Next time, I'll put something down first.
Pictures from process
And here's a teeshirt that I made for my 4T son out of these upcycled shirts. I bought the blue ribbing to add to the shirt, but otherwise the whole shirt is upcycled. Cool huh?! Now I just need to make him some pants to go with it for pajamas.