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Craft Wars: The Tie Dye Challenge

In Shift's biweekly Craft Wars feature, two master crafters take each other on in DIY challenges. The game kicks off today with the great spring Tie Dye face-off between Sugarlaws blogger Katy and I Spy DIY blogger Jenni.

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It's spring! Which means it's time to tie dye. It's not only a fun and easy activity, the look is also on trend. (Really.) So we asked two of our favorite crafting bloggers to face off in a tie dye challenge for the sake of arbitrary competition and to learn how to do it at home. First up, Jenni from I Spy DIY.


4. After wrapping the rubber bands around your skirt, it's time to dye! So grab your handy bucket, fill it with warm water, and add the dye according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stir until dissolved.


7. Let the dye set overnight then wash out excess dye in cold water. Allow the skirt to dry. (Unless you want a purple ass, in which case you can ignore this step. Your call!)


2. Dissolve 2 tbsp of the dye in 1 gallon hot water. Feel free to make the water hot easily by microwaving it for three minutes like your favorite Lean Cuisine. Then dip the shorts about halfway into the water, and hold them there for about ten seconds.

4. Dump out the water, and add about half the bottle of dye to an additional 1 gallon of hot water. Dip the shorts into the darker water roughly one-third of the way up the shorts, and hold them there for about 30 seconds. As you can see here, plastic clothes hangers make excellent tongs for this.

5. Gently wring out the shorts and hang them up again.

6. Add the remaining 1/2 bottle of dye to the water. Dip just the bottoms of the shorts in the water, and stir the water to distribute evenly. Hold the shorts there for about 5-7 minutes.