Why should you do this?
- WAYYYYYY less mess than traditional tie dye! Actually no mess at all!
- You probably have the supplies already (Sharpies, white T-shirt, rubbing alcohol).
- It's addicting and the success rate is high (good for Kinders to adults).
- This project not only combines ART (color mixing, warm & cool colors, the color wheel, etc.) but it also is a SCIENCE lesson in solvents and molecules.
- White T-shirt
- Sharpie in rainbow colors
- Eye droppers or pipettes (I bought ours at Michael's craft stores in the soap-making section--five for $2.00)
- Plastic cups (we used old yogurt containers)
- Elastic bands
- Rubbing alcohol
- Other color T-shirt (we used blue)
- Sewing machine and matching thread
7. Increase the sleeve openings to be 7"-8" tall. I used kid-sized t-shirts for my art class, so I made the arm holes 7" tall, but if you are using a grown-up t-shirt, you might want to make the openings 8" tall or so.
8. Enlarge the height of the opening of the collar by cutting a "W" shaped hole--use the photos as a guide. This will make the opening of your bag larger and easier to use. Still keep the shoulder seams about 3"-4" wide.
9. Fold the inner and outer seam at the shoulder of your t-shirt in and tack it (with a sewing machine) to make the handles narrower as they are on a real plastic grocery bag. The finished shoulder seams can be about 1" wide or so.
|Detail of the finished shoulder seam.|
10. Pin and sew the bottom edge of the t-shirt. You can add gussets to the side edges of your bag before sewing the bottom seam (see photo). Real plastic grocery bags have gussets on the bottom and it make the finished bag look nicer (in my opinion). Sew two seams at the bottom of your bag for durability.
|Detail of the gusset on the right side of the bag.|
12. Go shopping!