- White or light-colored all-cotton T-shirt
- 4 cups hot water
- Old bowl
- Rubber bands
- Cold-water dye
- Old pail
- Cold dye fix
- Old towel
- Old wooden spoon
- 8 cups cold water
- 6 tablespoons table salt
- Wash the shirt but don't dry it.
- Squeeze out the excess water.
- Let your child gather large and small bunches of fabric all over the shirt and fasten them with rubber bands.
- Place the pail in a sink or bathtub or on a surface covered with an old towel. Pour the cold water into the pail.
- Pour 2 cups of hot water into the bowl.
- Stir the dye into the hot water.
- Pour the dye mixture into the pail of cold water.
- Rinse the bowl.
- Pour another 2 cups of hot water into the bowl.
- Stir in the cold dye fix and the salt until the salt dissolves.
- Stir this mixture into the contents of the pail.
- Have your child place the shirt in the pail and stir it slowly and gently for about 10 minutes.
- Let it sit in the pail for another 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the T-shirt from the dye and rinse it under cold running water until the water runs almost clear.
- Squeeze the shirt and roll it in a clean old towel to remove excess water. Remove the rubber bands.
- Wash and dry the T-shirt by itself before your child wears it.
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Copyright © 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.
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