Tie dye: An updated blast from the past

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Have you noticed the huge tie-dye influence in fashion these days? It's everywhere from skirts to shirts and more. And, I have to say, it's more of a sophisticated design style this time around.

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Flashback to the 70s with the wild colors and spiral t-shirts. That's not really what we're seeing these days. It's a lot of tone-on-tone and what's called a ombr design.

I had to try it myself, so I learned a couple of easy techniques that resulted in remarkably cool t-shirts. This would be perfect to do with kids. But, I must say I loved the shirts I made and will wear them myself. It's pretty much dummy proof - a perfect project for me! Have fun with this, experiment with more than one color as you get better.

Yes, it's messy, it takes an adult to help if you are doing it with young ones, but it's downright fun.

Watch the video of the segment for an overview of the how-tos - but here are the specifics of what you need to know.

The 2009 Take on Traditional Tie Dye

You need: T- shirt or whatever you want to transform (think outside the box too - sheets, satchels, and more.) 100% cotton or any natural fiber works the best. A box of fabric dye (RIT is the most available) - or 1/2 bottle of RIT liquid dye. Rubber bands, string, or strips of cloth for tying.

Gather the shirt (or whatever) into accordion like folds. Now, fold the gathered fabric in half. Band tightly with rubber bands or string about every 2 inches or so.

Now, prepare the dye bath. You'll probably want to wear rubber gloves - my hands were a lovely shade of green at the end of the day! Dissolve 1 package of RIT powder or 1/2 bottle of RIT liquid in about 2 gallons of hot water in a stainless steel stockpot. On the stove, bring the water to just below a simmer and remove from heat.

Immerse the folded shirt or fabric into the dye for anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes. Stir around a bit. The longer you leave it in the dye bath the richer the color. Now using a utensil that you don't mind ruining, remove it from the dye bath and rinse it under cool water. Rinse it until the water runs clear. Now wring it out and either cut or untie your ties. Rinse the shirt again in cool water and I recommend washing it in a mild soap and water before wearing. Dry it in the machine or hang dry. Each time I did this, the design looked a little different - very fun to experiment - of course, no two are alike.