Red, White, and Blue Dip Dyed Scarf from a T-shirt

Hey Friends!  Are you getting in the Red, White, and Blue spirit?  The #CreativeBuzz Team sure is!  This month, we were all challenged to create a project using Red, White, and Blue…perfect with Memorial Day and Fourth of July right around the corner…

So…What did I come up with?

Honestly, I thought I created a big project FAIL…

Then I tried it again a different way… 

And I realized I really liked both…even if they turned out nothing like the picture I had in my mind.

Love how that works out sometimes!

Two ways to make a dip dyed lightweight scarf I So how did I do it?  We’ll go through the steps for each scarf:

Starting with the T-shirt scarf…You’ll need:  ( not pictured: scissors) Red, White, and Blue T-shirt scarf supplies I raided my husband’s shirts for a white t-shirt and picked up a couple boxes of Rit dye at Jo-Ann’s.  

Then, I cut the shirt like so… Cutting t-shirt for scarf Leaving me with a perfect scarf-like round piece of fabric.

Then I stretched the fabric as much as I could… Stretched out t-shirt And added rubber bands to indicate where I wanted the dye to stop.  Note: Tie the rubber bands tight or you will get more bleed.  I might have learned from experience on this one.  rubber band markers for dye level Now to mix up some color…I combined 1/3 package of dye, 1/4 c. salt, 1 Tbsp. liquid laundry detergent, and 2 c. hot water.  I mixed it in a glass measuring cup- 1 per color.  Then I dipped the scarf into the cup and set the timer for an hour, stirring occasionally. dye bath After an hour, remove each piece of fabric one at a time.  Rinse under warm water, followed by cold water until water runs clear.  Make sure to do this in a sick that won’t stain. Rinsing out color It will look similar to this… Red-White-Blue-Dip-dyed-scarf-from-a-t-shirt Wash and dry fabric pieces.  I used cold wash setting and dried on low.  Don’t be upset (like I was) if the color bleeds and fades a bit after washing.  The colors did not turn out as vivid as I had hoped and the white is now more of a light grey purple.  But…I really like it’s subtle effect.

Stretch it again after drying. Wrap around your neck as desired… Red, White, and Blue dip dyed T-shirt scarf Another Scarf!?…Yep…I have another scarf to share with you!  A Tea Towel scarf

The scarf above didn’t turn out as expected, so I tried it again a little differently…using a tea towel this time. (Towel is from Target.)  I thought maybe the cotton towel would take the dye better than the shirt…Wrong.

I cut the towel in three even pieces. pieces of tea towel- ready for color Then I mixed up another small batch of dye in red and navy.

Dye bath for red and blue pieces of tea towel I submersed one piece of towel in navy and the other in red, then set the timer for 1 hour.

Then, I rinsed and washed as mentioned above. The colors are even more washed out and faded than the T-shirt scarf…

Dip dyed scarf made from a tea towel Not gonna lie- I was really disappointed and almost pulled my project from this month’s #CreativeBuzz Challenge.  But then I tried on the scarf with a white T-shirt and I kinda love it now!  

For this look, simply tie all pieces together.  You can change the look by only using two colors at a time…
Red white and blue scarf from a tea towel Ready for all of the other Amazing #CreativeBuzz projects?  Here you go…

Creative Buzz Red White and Blue Themed Projects

1. Paint Dipped Milk Bottles from Tied Ribbon

2. Red, White & Blue Sugar Cookies from Made to be a Momma
3. Nursery Reveal from Carissa Miss
4. Red White & Blue Layered Cake from Just Us Four
5. Fresh Berries & Cream Panna Cotta from Handmade in the Heartland
6. Flag Bunting from Seven Thirty Three
7. Red, White and Blue Wood Shim Art from All Things with Purpose
8. Patriotic Funfetti Cupcakes from This Silly Girl’s Life
9. Berries & Cream White Chocolate Bark from Do Small Things with Love
10. Red White & Blue Braided Headband from Sugar Bee Crafts
11. Red White & Blue T-Shirt Scarf from One Krieger Chick
What do you think…Project Win or Project Fail?


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    I love this!! its SOOO cute! the t-shirt one is just lovely!! Already dreaming of making one with other dye colors ;o) Thanks for linking up to Create Link Inspire… pinned!

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