Thursday, October 18, 2007


Twenty-one tie-dyed T-shirts for Iris' class of twenty. 19 second graders , five mommy volunteers and one teacher. (One child out sick and one extra shirt for a sibling.)

And a onesie for the teacher's baby due in January.

Closeups. Top right and bottom left used Fire Red, top left and bottom right (Iris') used Sunrise Red.

Sunrise Red was a yellow powder. When mixed with water, it turned red. However, it reverted back to yellow in the rubber band resist areas. The surprise of tie-dye never fails to delight the eye.

The kids are supposed to wear their shirts tomorrow for spirit day. Three of them couldn't wait for tomorrow and wore them tonight. One of the mothers, herself a Design Entrepreneur (DE), said we should have all the kids at the school make one for the spring jog-a-thon fundraiser. (See what her family-owned business makes right here near LA.)

Another second grade teacher wants her class to tie-dye as well. Hmm, my back is killing me from hauling the buckets full of ziploc baggies, shirts and solutions. I better write up a project sheet for the teachers and helpers. When I get around to it, I will post it here as well .


  1. Beautiful! A great idea! It was probably a lot of work for you, but I'm sure it was a lot of fun for the students and their teachers.

  2. Sadly, the shirts are too small for a couple of the larger kids in the class. I bought size 6-8 Hanes Beefy-Ts for the whole class. It was roomy enough for Iris, but I forgot that she is the youngest in the class.

    Live and learn. The next class will be able to plan better.


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