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Learn How To Tie-Dye Clothing – Fun Summer Craft

Learn how to tie-dye clothing with this tutorial. Also see how to bleach colored cotton t-shirts for a fun tie dye look.

Stack of clothing that was tie-dyed.

Have you ever tie-dyed before?  If you haven’t.. you should really try it.  It’s really FUN and addictive.

My sister and I tie-dyed t-shirts last week (it was for a parade and we wanted all the kids to match).  

We had never tie-dyed anything before, we were kinda nervous about it.  I think we watched over 4 videos before we actually attempted it.

Once you start, you just can’t stop… it’s super fun and EASY (no need to be nervous about it)! 

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Stack of tie-dye t-shirts.

Learning how to tie-dye

We bought a tie-dye kit and followed the instructions.  What’s nice about the kit was that the powder was already in the bottles, we just had to add water and shake.

Step 1: We laid the shirts flat on the table and selected a section of the t-shirts and pulled up and added rubber bands 2 inches apart.  You should totally check out YouTube for examples.  We really enjoyed the tutorial from I Love To Create.

P.S. We also did a onesie/bodysuit for my nephew!

Step 2: We headed outside and placed our t-shirt tubes on a garbage bag (next time we will place the garbage bags on a flat surface and not on the ground).

Twisted t-shirts with elastics.

Step 3: We put on some rubber gloves and started dying the t-shirts. We applied a different color of dye per elastic section on each t-shirt.

Applying purple dye on a section of a t-shirt.
Twisted t-shirt with dye.
T-shirt with dye in four sections.

Step 4: After we were done dying the t-shirts, we wrapped them up in plastic wrap.

Twists dyed t-shirt on a a sheet of plastic.

Step 5: We let them sit for 8 hours.

T-Shirts wrapped in plastic.

Step 6: We removed the plastic wrap and cut the rubber bands with scissors.

Cutting elastics from the twisted t-shirt with scissors.
Twisted t-shirt without elastics.

Step 7: Once the rubber bands were removed, we rinsed the t-shirts (wear gloves!!).. to remove the extra dye.

I would recommend you rinse the t-shirts in the sink and not in a bin… you’ll be surprised at the amount of dye that will come out during rinsing.

T-shirt soaking in a bin of water.

Step 8: We then set the washing machine to HOT and put it at the biggest load.

6 different designs of tie-dye t-shirts.

Here are my girls sporting their new tie-dye t-shirts along with their cousin Charles.

Children wearing tie-dyed clothing.

What do you think?? I just LOVE them!!

Stack of tie-dye t-shirts.

I’m planning on picking up some white tank tops to tie-dye too :)

How to Bleach Tie Dye

We have also been having a great time bleaching colored cotton t-shirts for a fun tie dye look.

Black t-shirt with bleached tie-dye.
Heathered blue t-shirt with bleach tie-dye.

We used a mixture of half water and half bleach. We followed these reverse tie dye step, without adding colored dye at the end.

Heathered Blue with bleach tie-dye marble effect:

Heathered blue t-shirt with bleach tie-dye.

Black with bleach tie-dye:

Black t-shirt with bleach tie-dye.
Black tank top with bleach tie-dye.

Purple with bleach tie-dye marble effect:

Purple t-shirt with marble bleach tie-dye.

Pink with bleach tie-dye accordion effect:

Pink t-shirt with accordion bleach tie-dye.

Powder blue with bleach tie-dye:

Powder blue t-shirt with bleach tie-dye.

Khaki green with bleach tie-dye marble effect:

Khaki green t-shirt with bleach tie-dye.

Can you tell we have fun tie-dyeing? We loved how each color revealed it’s own color.

Have a GREAT day!


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Nicole at Doodles and Stitches

Wednesday 29th of August 2012

I'm going to have to try this again. Yours turned out so great. I love them! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!


Monday 27th of August 2012

Very fun craft!I should do that with my girls!I remember doing that was I was a teen and we had a ball!Thanks for linking up this weeek!Stacey of Embracing Change


Sunday 26th of August 2012

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