St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that we all love. This St. Patrick’s Day let’s not forget Fido ! We found this great craft idea on Rit Dye’s website and although they used socks, we thought it would work wonderfully on our Doggie Baby Rib Tank. Our doggie tank is a perfect choice because it comes in a variety of sizes and can accommodate dogs weighing up to 100 lbs. (Please Note: You may want to buy a larger size for this project, as the dyeing process can shrink the garment.)
What You’ll Need for this Craft:
- 1 8 oz. container of Kelly Green Rit Liquid Dye
- 1 Measuring Cup
- 1 Bucket of Water
- 1 White 100% Cotton Doggie Baby Rib Tank
- 1 Disposable Spoon
- 12 Rubber Bands
- A pair of rubber Gloves
- 1 Plastic Table Cover
- Clothing Detergent
First, you’ll want to prewash in cold water and dry on low the doggie tank to remove any finishes that may prevent the dye from being properly absorbed by the fabric. Next, you need to prepare your table by covering it with a plastic cover.
Wrap the rubber bands horizontally around the tank. The amount of rubber bands that you need to use will depend upon the size of the tank. You should try to keep the spacing between the rubber bands at approximately 1 ¼” apart. The tighter the bands are wrapped, the more white area there will be around the tank.
Afterwards, you’ll need to dip the tank into your bucket of water being careful to squeeze out any excess water remaining on the tank. You may now set the garment aside as you move on to the next step.
After you have put on your rubber gloves, measure and mix 2 tablespoons of the Kelly Green dye with 2 cups of very hot water (140°). Make sure to mix very thoroughly. If your water has cooled and is not hot enough, you can either re-heat it in a microwave or tea kettle.)
Now immerse your tank in the dye solution. Let the tank soak for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how dark you want the green color of your tank to be when it’s done.
After removing the tank from your dye solution, rinse it with cool water. You may now remove the rubber bands but continue rinsing the garment until the water runs clear.
Now hand wash the tank with warm water and detergent and lay flat to dry. Once your tank is dry, Fido will be ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style!
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