Pro Tapes® for Tie-Dye: Success or Bust?

We tried using our Pro Tapes® tape to help us with the classic tie-dye tshirt craft. Did it work? You’ll be surprised! Read to find out more…

A white tshirt, Pro Gaff® tape, and Rit fabric dye, all ready for our tie-dye tshirt project!
A white tshirt, Pro Gaff® tape, and Rit fabric dye, all ready for our tie-dye tshirt project!

This weekend, I wanted to see if I could create the classic tie-dye tshirt craft using Pro Gaff® tape. So I got my white tshirts, some Rit® fabric dye, and three different sizes of Pro Gaff® tape to put to the test: ¼ inch, 1 inch and 2 inch. 

Method #1: Classic Spiral Twist Dye

First, I tried your standard spiral dye and striping dye. Except here, I didn’t use any rubber bands – only Pro Gaff®!! For this method, pinch the center of your white shirt and twist it until you’ve reach the end, then tuck in the edges. Tightly wrap a few pieces of pre-ripped Pro Gaff® around your twisted tee. 

Method #2: Scrunch & Tape Dye

Fold your shirt (or just tightly scrunch it together), then tightly bind the shirt together using Pro Gaff®. Do this repeatedly down the length of the shirt. Just leave some space between each piece of tape.

For both Methods #1 and #2, I submerged the shirts in warm water for a little more than 30 minutes, occasionally stirring. Once lifted out of water, I did notice that the tapes which were only stuck to the t-shirt fabric lost their stick and fell right off. But the areas where the tape stuck to itself (adhesive to adhesive) proved to be the most successful! I think this helped create a seal against moisture and gave the Pro Gaff® extra strength. Funny thing is… the dye even dyed the tape!! 

Dropping the classic twist-dye shirt into the color wash...
Dropping the classic twist-dye shirt into the color wash…
And now the scrunch & tape dye shirt!
And now the scrunch & tape dye shirt!

Check out this video to see Methods #1 and #2 in Action:

Method #3: Masking Effect

The last technique I tried was a tape-mask effect. I hand ripped and cut the Pro Gaff® tape to write out the word “love” and a zig zag design. I also used tape to pinch up a few gathered areas around the bottom of the t-shirt. I tested this method out on both a canvas tote and a cotton tee shirt.

This time I did not submerge the fabrics in water, I used a squirt bottle instead. I found that it worked the best if I did not over-spray with the dye. It seems like too much dye starts to “un-stick” the adhesive.

If I were to do this method again, I would use a spray bottle instead of a squirt bottle. This way, you can have more control over the amount of dye that comes out. I believe this would be very successful as long as the fabric doesn’t absorb too much liquid too fast!

All the different methods we tried for dyeing with Pro Gaff® tape! Some of the methods were a little more successful than others...
All the different methods we tried for dyeing with Pro Gaff® tape! Some of the methods were a little more successful than others…

All in all, I think using Pro Gaff® for tie-dye was a success! You just have to use it the right way. And I think the shirts look awesome!! What are your thoughts? Comment below (and let us know if there’s another craft we should try to tape-ify!!)

A finished red tie-dye shirt, made with Pro Gaff tape
One of our finished tie-dye shirts! Isn't it beautiful?
One of our finished tie-dye shirts! Isn’t it beautiful?

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