DIY Tie Dye Batman Shirt

When I had the idea to make Em’s Tie Dye Heart Shirt, I knew I had to come up with an idea Pants could make too. I searched the patterns on the Tulip website and didn’t find as many boy ideas as I had hoped for. I found this awesome Captain America shirt, but when I showed it to Pants, he wanted no part. It’s not his fault, we’re Canadian, perhaps if there was a Captain Canada on the Avengers, he’d be more on board. I’m not sure what Captain Canada’s super powers would be, but if I had to guess, it would be tapping maple trees and drinking extra strong beer while maintaining a cheery attitude on his dogsled.

Inspiration struck! Why can’t I just paint a batman logo on instead? Hmmmm…

I found all the supplies at my Local Wal-Mart & Micheal’s.

Supplies needed:

Tulip One – Step Black Dye

Rubber bands

Rubber Gloves

White cotton t-shirt

Tulip Soft Fabric paint in Sunshine Yellow (we call it crime-fighting yellow around here)

Paint brush (small tipped)

Freezer Paper

Exacto or craft knife

Clothes Iron


Plastic drop cloth

After a quick pre-wash, I folded the shirt in half and drew half an oval on the front. Following the instructions for the Heart fold technique, I folded the oval and wrapped oodles of rubber bands around the remainder of the shirt.

Then I made the mistake of letting Pants have a bottle of fabric dye. Thank goodness for the drop cloth.

it could have been so much worse

After the mess was made dying was done, we wrapped the shirt in a plastic bag and let it sit for 6 hours. When the time was up, I cut all of the elastic bands and rinsed untill the water ran clear. Then into the washing machine (with the Heart shirt actually, and many of my husband’s black socks). I was really pleased at how well the oval turned out.

Pants was not as pleased. He thought that the batman logo would magically appear. He has higher expectations of me than I do of myself. The next step was to trace my logo onto some freezer paper and cut it out with a craft knife. Once the paper is lightly ironed, it will stick to the fabric and create your stencil. You could probably use contact paper for this, but I have I huge roll of freezer paper in my kitchen. I pulled out my paint and put on the first coat.

Coat #1

I had figured that it would take more than one coat of paint to cover the black of the shirt.

Coat #2


Coat #3

It took FOUR coats of paint! It was worth it though.

na na na na na na na na Batman!

Happy Pants

He wore it the next day, then insisted on sleeping in it that night.

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