This is our best batch yet, methinks. So in order NOT to forget the steps we took, I’m taking notes that I can revisit next year …
1. We used a Tulip kit this time. But now that I have all the bottles and instruction packets, I’ll just buy the small dye packets next year. Each bottle will simply need about 1/2 t. to 1 t. dye powder. Add hot water & shake to dissolve.
2. Dampen t-shirt *before* adding dye. (way better for letting dye soak in. otherwise, dye tends to puddle up & spill off)
3. Wrap dyed t-shirts up in plastic grocery bags and let sit for 7-8 hours. (next year I might try leaving them to soak for up to 24 hrs)
4. Important: *before washing* in machine, rinse t-shirts thoroughly with cold water until dye stops bleeding off. This helped hugely to keep the white parts of the t-shirts white (instead of turning them all pink, or whatever the dominant dye color is). All our efforts in the past have created not-white t-shirts. Then wash shirts in washer in COLD water, no soap, with a little bit of vinegar. Hang to dry. 2nd wash will be with light soap.
5. Wear t-shirts til you all outgrow them. And then pass on to younger cousin.