How to Tie Dye: 34 Tie Dye Techniques & Patterns

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How to Tie Die

There are many techniques for tie-dying your fabric. Whether you want to dye your shirt, socks, or any other thing, there are a few things you need to know. First, it is good to ensure that whatever you want to dye is made of 100% natural fabric, like cotton, silk, or rayon.

It is also good to prewash your fabric to remove sizing, which can hinder the fabrics ability to absorb dyes. Additionally, it is good to leave your fabric in a damp state for proper processing of the dyes. 


34 Tie-Dye Patterns and Techniques

There are many ways to tie-dye, and every technique will give you different results. It all depends on what you want. The techniques include:


  • Reverse Tie Dye Technique
  • Step 1



    The process requires you to have a dark 100% cotton shirt. Ensure that the shirt is dry. Crumple the shirt into a heap and use rubber bands to prevent it from unfolding. 

    Step 2

    Once you are sure the shirt rubber bands have the crumpled shirt in place, place it on a rack. Check the instructions on the color changer bottles from the reverse tie-dye kit, then mix one of the bottles accordingly. Take the gloves from the kit, wear them, and then apply the color changer liquid to the crumpled shirt.

    Ensure that you apply it on all exposed parts while rotating it. You can use your gloved hands to spread the color changer and work it into the fabric. Let the color changer set, then remove the color from the fabric gradually. 

    Keep checking it as the color changer sets, and remove the rubber bands when you are content with the effects. Wash and rinse as guided by the instructions. 

    Step 3

    Place the damp, washed shirt on your covered work surface, then apply your dye colors randomly. You can choose to apply on the shirt's lightened sections to enable you to see the colors as they change.

    Step 4

    When you are content with the dyes, keep your shirt in a sealable plastic bag so that it remains damp as the dye sets completely. You may have to wait for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. You can then wash and rinse as per the instructions. 


    2. Shibori Tie Dye Technique

    This is a Japanese tie-dyeing technique that employs several folding methods, including accordion folding. 

    Step 1

    First, dampen the shirt, then lay it flat on the work surface. Starting from the bottom edge, accordion-fold the shirt in even folds up to the top. Accordion-fold the folded shirt evenly again, starting from one side. Use rubber bands to hold the folded shirt in place. You can crisscross the rubber bands to ensure that they hold the shirt tightly in place.

    Step 2

    Take the plastic gloves from your kit and wear them. Now, place your shirt on a wire rack, then mix up your indigo or dark blue dye. It is important to remember that Shibori needs you to use an indigo-coloured dye. Apply the dyes on all the exposed areas of the shirt, turning it as required.

    Step 3

    To ensure that the shirt remains damp for the period when the dye processes, place it in a sealable plastic bag. You can also use plastic wrap to wrap it. The dye will need 6 to 8 hours to process completely, or you may also need to leave it to process overnight. 

    Step 4

    Once you are sure that the dye has processed completely, remove the runner bands, then wash and dry as per the instructions.


    3. Kaleidoscope Tie Dye Technique

    You can tie-dye kaleidoscope shapes on your shirt to remind you of your childhood. You only need ice and powdered dye. 

    You will follow the following steps:

    Step 1: Dampen your shirt, fold it in half lengthwise, then let it lie flat on the tabletop.

     

    Step 2: Identify where you want the center of your first spiral, pinch the shirt there, and twist it a few times. It will create a small spiral shape.


    Step 3:
    Pinch another part of the shirt and twist it a few times. It will create a second spiral. Make sure you maintain the first spiral. 

    Step 4: Maintain the two spirals, then crumple the remaining sections of your shirt towards them.

    Step 5: Use rubber bands to hold your crumpled shirt in place.


    Step 6:
    Make a paper ring and fit it around your shirt. The purpose of the paper ring is to ensure the ice remains in place during dyeing. 

    Step 7: Take the ice and place it on top of the bound shirt. 

    Step 8: Without adding water to the dye bottles, sprinkle dye powder on top of the ice. You can use several colors.


    Step 9:
    Wait for the ice to melt, then remove the paper ring.

    Step 10: Turn the shirt over, then repeat steps 8 and 9. You can use several other dye powders. 

    Step 11: Once you are content with the backside and fronts side, cut off the rubber bands. Unfold the shirt, then rinse and clean as provided by the instructions.


    4. Mandala Tie Dye Technique

    Mandala is an excellent technique which you can do in two ways. Your fabric should be 100% natural fiber (like cotton or silk), and you will also need some additional supplies on top of the ones that come with the tie-dye kit. You will need a washable marker, a wax string that will help you achieve a tight bind after folding, and some scissors. You will use the scissors to cut the string later on. 

    Add tap water to the dyes until it reaches the fill line. Tighten back the nozzles, then shake thoroughly and ensure all the dye powder dissolves. Do not mix the dyes until when you are ready to apply them to the fabric. 

    Remember that you should not leave the dyes unapplied for more than 72 hours. They may lose their concentration, making them appear less vibrant after applying them. Ensure that you prewash your fabric, and do not use a fabric softener as it may block it from adequately absorbing the dyes.

     
       Full Mandala

    Step 1

    Dampen your shirt, then pull up its top layer from the middle of the collar and the same point at the bottom. Fold it vertically in half. Decide the point where there is the bottom of the sleeve, then fold the shirt in half again from this point (ensure you fold the bottom edge up towards the color). 

    Smoothen the fabric layers, then pick the top layer of the folded shirt and fold it into a triangle shape. To do this, you have to grab the bottom edge of your shirt and fold it to the top right-hand side corner. Grab the top layer of the shirt and repeat the process to form a narrower triangle. 

    Turn the shirt over, maintaining your triangle folds. Carry out the triangle folding process on the other half of the shirt. You will then lift the folded shirt slightly to identify the position of the edge of the sleeve. It is an important spot since you will start drawing your zigzag lines from here. 

    Pick the washable marker and draw zigzag lines starting at the bottom edge of the folded shirt closest to you to the narrow tip of the folded shirt. Turn the shirt and draw zigzag lines that align with the ones on the other side.


    Bind the folded shirt by making a knot at one side, then tie tightly around the zigzag lines. Once you reach the end of the zigzag lines, tie another knot, then cut off the remaining wax string.

    Step 2

    Place your shirt on a wire rack and apply the dye colors in your preferred pattern. The rack helps to prevent the dyes from collecting underneath the shirt and producing unwanted impressions. You can choose to use the wax strings to separate the colors you apply to the bound sections. Make sure to turn the shirt as you apply.

     

    Step 3

    Keep your folded shirt in a sealable plastic bag or use plastic wrap to wrap it. It will help to keep the fabric damp as the dye processes. Let it set for about 6 to 8 hours. You can also leave it to process overnight. 

    Step 4

    Use a pair of scissors to cut the string off from the project. Rinse and launder as the instructions guide.

     

       Half Mandala


    Step 1

    Fold your damp shirt n half along the length, making sure that the fold faces away from you. Fold the bottom corner into a triangle by pulling it away from you. Ensure it aligns with the edge, then fold it again into a narrower triangle. Fold it a third time, ensuring to align the sleeve with the folds.

    Flip it over carefully, then repeat the process of folding the shirt into three triangles. Draw a zigzag line using the washable marker, from the narrow point to the halfway point. Wrap the fabric along the zigzag line using a rubber band, starting from the narrow point and working towards the middle of the folded shirt. 

    Step 2

    Place the bound shirt on a wire rack, then apply the dyes in your preferred patterns. Turn it over and apply on the opposite side, ensuring that it matches the pattern you created on the other side.

     

    Step 3

    When content with the tie-dye colors, place the shirt in a sealable bag. You can also choose to wrap it in plastic wrap to help it remain damp as the dye processes. Leave it for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight. 

    Step 4

    Once the dyes completely process, cut the rubber bands off, rinse, and wash as provided by the instructions.

     

    5. Rainbow Tie Dye Technique

    You can paint rainbow colors on your shirt in just a few steps:

    Step 1: Decide where you want the colors on your shirt, then use washable markers to draw the rainbow's top and bottom arches. Ensure that the shirt is damp. 

    Step 2: Accordion fold or pleat your shirt along the lines. Ensure that the marker lines are visible. 

    Step 3: Wrap a rubber band over each line.

    Step 4: Decide on the number of colors you want for the rainbow, then wrap more rubber bands between the two arches.

    Step 5: Mix your dyes according to instructions, then apply to each bulge. 

    Step 6: Cover with a sealable bag or wrap in plastic wrap until the dyes set. 

    Step 7: Rinse and clean as required.

     

    6. Stripes Tie Dye Technique

    You can choose to have horizontal or vertical stripes. The good thing Is that you can use as many dye colors as possible. 

    Step 1

    Clean your shirt and leave it damp (Do not use a fabric softener). Place the damp shirt on a flat surface, then pleat or accordion fold it horizontally or vertically. 

     

    Step 2

    Wrap rubber bands around the accordion folded shirt, adding ass many as desired. Depending on your preference, you can have the rubber bands wide apart or close to each other, or both. It is you to decide. 

    Step 3

    Mix the dyes according to the instructions, then apply to the banded sections. You can apply in any pattern, skipping some bands or alternating the colors as you please. Flip the shirt over and do the same on the backside, ensuring that it looks like the other side. 

    Leave it to process for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Ensure that it remains damp as the dye sets by placing it in a sealable plastic bag or wrapping it in a plastic wrap.

     

    Step 4

    Rinse and launder as provided by the instructions.

     

    7. String Tie Dye Technique

    Step 1: Ensure that your shirt is damp, then pull, twist or shape it according to the instructions. This relies on the kind of pattern you want.  

    Step 2: Wrap a string around the fabric, ensuring that it is tight, then secure with a knot. Use a pair of scissors to cut off any excess strings.

    Step 3: Tie more strings around the shirt until the shirt is secured based on the pattern instructions.

     

    Step 4: Follow the instructions as you dye the fabric. Leave your shirt to set for about 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

     

    Step 5: Carefully cut off the strings, rinse, and launder according to the instructions.

     

    8. Spiral Tie Dye Technique

    This tie-dye technique enables you to add some twists, creating visual impressions with the winding effects.

    Step 1

    Prewash your fabric without a fabric softener and leave it damp. 

    Step 2

    Place the damp shirt on a flat covered work surface. If you want a central spiral, identify the center of your shirt. You can do this by locating the center of the collar and the section beneath the sleeves. Pinch the damp shirt at this point, then twist it into a swirl.

     

    Continue twisting the shirt until the whole of it forms a spiral shape. Hold the shirt in place using three rubber bands, crisscrossing them to form six wedge-like shapes.

    Step 3

    Remove the plastic gloves from the tie-dye kit and wear them. Place your bound shirt on a wire rack, then apply as many colors as you please. You can ensure that each wedge shape has its color. You can also work with one color. Whichever way, flip the bound shirt over and replicate what you did on the backside.

     

    Step 4

    Leave the shirt in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it in plastic wrap to ensure that it remains damp as the dye sets. It allows the dye to absorb in the fabric fully. Let it set for about 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

     

    Step 5

    Remove the rubber bands, rinse and wash as provided by the instructions.

     

    9. Ombre Tie Dye Technique

    You only need the dyes, water, and a paintbrush (or spray bottle). 

    Step 1: Prewash your fabric without a fabric softener and leave it damp. 

    Step 2: Place the cloth on a covered workspace. 

    Step 3: Wear the plastic gloves from your tie-dye kit and add water to the dye bottle. Replace the cap and shake until the dye completely dissolves. 

    Step 4: Pour the dye into a bowl and add water to make your desired solution. 

    Step 5: Start with the bottom of the shirt, using your brush to dye to about ¼ of the way up. 

    Step 6: Add pray or paint another color up to about midway on the shirt. 

    Step 7: Add water to the bottle, shake well, and spray the shirt's remaining part. 

    Step 8: Place the fabric in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it in a plastic wrap. Let the dyes set for about 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

    Step 9: Rinse and wash according to instructions.

     

     10. Watercolor Tie Dye Technique

    The watercolor tie-dye technique involves a few steps, and you will need a paintbrush. Remember that your shirt has to be clean and damp.

    Step 1: Mix the dyes according to the instructions, then add the different dye colors to separate bowls. 

    Step 2: Lay your clean, damp shirt flat on the covered work surface. The work surface has to be covered by plastic bags.

    Step 3: Dip your paintbrush into one color on the dishes, then brush several strokes of the dye onto the damp shirt randomly.

     

    Step 4: Dip the paintbrush into a different dye color and again brush randomly over the other brush strokes.

     

    Step 5: Cover your shirt with a plastic bag and let the dye set. Leave it for about 6 to 8 hours. Or overnight.


    11. Galaxy Tie Dye Technique

    This tie-dye technique gives you effects that are out of this world.

    Step 1

    Pinch your damp shirt at the point where you want the center of your spiral, and twist the shirt into a spiral shape.

     

    Step 2

    Add water and bleach in a spray bottle at a 50/50 ratio. Spray your preferred amount of the solution onto your twisted shirt.

     

    Step 3

    Untwist it and watch it continually as the shirt's color bleaches.

     

    Step 4

    Once the shirt attains the perfect level of bleaching, rinse the bleach from it. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.

    Step 5

    Spray several dye colors onto the shirt, let it set, then wash and rinse as the dye instructions provide. You can then accent it with fabric spray paint in snow.

     

    12. Unicorn Tie Dye Technique

    Step 1

    First, ensure that your shirt is clean and damp, and cover your work surface with a plastic paper. Place your damp shirt flat on the covered work surface, pinch it at the center, then pull it upwards to create a tube shape.

     

    Step 2

    Secure a rubber band around the "tube" about three inches from the tip. Wrap another rubber band about an inch from the first band.

     

    Step 3

    With your gloves on, mix your dyes as provided by the instructions, then apply a different color to each section of the damp shirt. Flip the shirt and apply the dyes on the other side, ensuring that the sections align.

     

    Step 4

    Use plastic wrap to wrap the dyed shirt or keep it in a sealable plastic bag. Let the dyes set for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. 

    Step 5

    Once the dyes set completely, rinse and wash as per the kit instructions. 

    Step 6

    Follow the instructions on the kit to iron your desired shimmer transfer images onto the kit.

     

    13. Diamond Tie Dye Technique

    Your tie-dye kit comes with several essentials, but you may also need some additional supplies. You will need a washable marker and a wire rack. Ensure that your shirt is 100% natural fabric. 

    You can choose to have a single diamond shape or double diamond shape.

     
        Full Diamond Pattern

    Step 1

    Mix your dyes as required. You will open the nozzle and add water directly from the faucet into the dye bottles. Replace the nozzles without removing the cap and shake thoroughly to ensure that the dye dissolves completely. Do not mix your dyes until you are ready to use them since they should not stay for more than72 hours after being mixed.

    Step 2

    Prewash your shirt, leave it damp and place it flat on the covered work surface. Fold it in half vertically, then in half again horizontally. Ensure that the bottom close is closest to you, then draw a line from the center of the left fold to the centre of the bottom fold.

    Pleat your damp shirt long this line, ensuring that the line remains straight on top of the pleats. Secure a rubber band tightly around this line, then wrap several rubber bands around the fabric. Ensure that the bands are evenly spaced.

     

    Step 3

    Place the bound shirt on the wire rack and apply the dye between the banded sections. You can use several colors in alternate spaces. Rotate the banded shirt and match the colors on the backside with those on the front side sections.

     

    Step 4

    Place the dyed, bound shirt in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it in plastic wrap. Let it set for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. 

    Step 5

    Once the dye sets, cut off the rubber bands, rinse, and wash according to the kit instructions.

     

          Double Diamond Pattern

    Step 1

    Lay the damp shirt flat on your covered work surface and fold it in half vertically. Accordion fold it in thirds, from the bottom and proceeding to the top. Ensure it ends under the collar. Use the washable marker to draw a straight line from the left corner of the hem to the center of the bottom fold. 

    Pleat the damp shirt, ensuring that the line remains straight on top of the pleats. Secure a rubber band tightly around this line, then wrap several other rubber bands around the other parts of the fabric, at even spaces.

     

    Step 2

    Place your bound shirt on the wire rack and apply your dye colors. You can choose to alternate the colors among the spaces. Flip it and match the colors in between the bands on opposite sides.

     

    Step 3

    Place your shirt in a sealable bag and let the dyes set for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. 

    Step 4

    Once the colors set, remove the rubber bands, rinse and wash as provided by the instructions.

     

    14. Crumple Tie Dye Technique

    Step 1

    Ensure that your fabric is clean and damp. Lay it on the covered work surface and scrunch it to form a crumpled mound.

     

    Step 2

    Use rubber bans to hold the crumpled fabric in place, then mix your dyes according to the kit instructions. You can then apply the dye colors as you please, whether you want one color or several. If you are applying several colors, make sure they blend well. 

    It is also important to note that some colors may turn brownish once they mix, so it is good to try mixing them on scrap fabric before applying them to your fabric. Turn your fabric and apply the dye colors on the backside.

     

    Step 3

    Keep your fabric in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it with plastic wrap. Allow the dye to set for about 6 to 8 hours before you remove the bands. Wash the fabric according to the instructions on the kit.

     

    15. Sunburst Tie Dye Technique

    This tie-dye technique allows you to create bursts of color on your fabric. You only have to gather it into balls when tie-dyeing. 

    Step 1: Pinch your fabric and pull upward approximately 1 to 2 inches. Wrap a rubber band tightly around it and repeat the procedure for the desired number of sunbursts.

    Step 2: Mix your dyes and apply them to the secured tips.

     

    Step 3: Use a different color of dye for the remaining parts of the fabric. 

    Step 4: Let the dyes set, then wash and rinse as provided by the kit instructions.

     

    16. Accordion Tie Dye Technique

    Here, you can tie-dye your fabric in three exciting ways.

     
       Method One

    Step 1

    Lay your shirt flat on the work surface, then accordion fold horizontally, starting with the side closest to you.

     

    Step 2

    Wrap rubber bands around the folded shirt, evenly spacing them. Remember that using more rubber bands will produce more accordion tie-dye patterns in between the dye areas.

     

    Step 3

    Place the bond shirt on a wire rack, then apply the dye in between the rubber bands. You can also use several colors.



    Step 4

    Place the dyed shirt in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it in plastic wrap. Let the dye process completely for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. 

    Step 5

    Remove the rubber bands, then rinse and wash according to the instructions.

     

       Method Two

    Step 1

    Fold your shirt lengthwise into two, then accordion pleat starting from the bottom to the top. Be sure also to pleat the sleeves.

     

    Step 2

    Use rubber bands to bind the pleated shirt. Ensure that the rubber bands hold the shirt tightly and are spaced at 1 or 1.5 inches apart.

     

    Step 3 

    Place the bound shirt on the wire rack and apply the dyes. You can use one or multiple colors. Remember to flip the shirt and match the colors on the backside with the ones on the front.

     

    Step 4

    Place the dyed shirt in a sealable plastic shirt and let the dyes set. You can also use plastic wrap. 

    Step 5

    Remove the rubber bands, then wash and rinse as required.

     

      Method Three

    Step 1

    Place your damp shirt flat on the covered work surface, with the bottom closest to you. Make small tight accordion pleats starting from the base to the top (pleating the sleeves as well).

     

    Step 2

    Form the pleated shirt into an S shape, making 4 to 5 S shapes, depending on the size of the shirt. Use rubber bands to bind the S-pleated shirt. You can crisscross the rubber bands to hold the shirt secure.

     

    Step 3

    Place the shirt on a wire rack over a bucket, add ice on top of it then sprinkle dye powder on it. The bucket helps to collect the dye as the ice melts.

     

    Step 4

    Once the ice completely melts, remove the rubber bands, then wash and rinse as required.

     

    17. Heart Tie Dye Technique

    Step 1

    Spread your damp shirt on the covered working table, then fold it in half lengthwise. Draw a half heart shape, ensuring that the center of the heart aligns along the fold.

     

    Step 2

    Pleat your shirt tightly, ensuring that the marker line forms a straight line. Secure a rubber band tightly around the shirt, along the marker line. Add another rubber band below the first one. You can add some more rubber bands.

     

    Step 3

    Wearing plastic gloves, place the shirt on a wire rack and apply our dye colors. Every section separated by a rubber band can be a different color. Flip the shirt over, then apply the dyes to match the opposite side.

     

    Step 4

    Place the dyed shirt in a sealable bag or wrap it in plastic wrap. Wait for the dye to set. It may take 6 to 8 hours, or you may leave it overnight.

     

    Step 5

    Remove the rubber bands, rinse and wash as required.

     

    18. Chevron Tie Dye Technique

    Step 1: Place your damp shirt flat on your covered working surface and fold it in half lengthwise. 

    Step 2: Fold the upper half into two, aligning with the centerfold. Remember also to fold the sleeve. Flip the shirt over and repeat to create quarters lengthwise.

     

    Step 3: Draw diagonal lines across the folded shirt. Space the lines evenly.

     

    Step 4: Tightly secure rubber bands around the shirt at every diagonal line.

    Step 5: Apply the dye colors in the sections separated b rubber bands. Every section can have its distinct color. Flip the shirt and apply on the backside, matching the colors with the other side.

     

    Step 6: Leave the shirt to set for about 6 to 8 hours, then launder as required.

     

    19. Spider Tie Dye Technique

    If you add a black dye to one side of your spiral, you get the spider tie-dye pattern. 

    Step 1

    Make sure that your shirt is clean and damp, lay it flat on the covered working surface, then fold it in half lengthwise. 

    Step 2

    Pinch the folded shirt where you want to position the center of the spiral, then twist until the entire shirt forms a spiral shape. 

    Step 3

    Wrap rubber bands around the shirt to hold it in place. Be sure to use three intersecting rubber bands, which form six wedge shapes.

     

    Step 4

    Apply the dyes, making sure that each wedge has a different color. Flip it over, then apply the colors on the other side, making sure that the colors correspond.

     

    Step 5

    Now add a black dye to one side of the bound fabric, making sure to completely cover the other colors.

     

    Step 6

    Place the fabric in a sealable plastic bag for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Ensure that the dye completely sets before you can cut off the rubber bands.

    Rinse and wash according to instructions.

     

    20. Bullseye Tie Dye Technique

    Step 1

    Pinch the shirt where you want the bullseye, then pull it upward to form a cone shape. Be sure to guide it with the other hand.

     

    Step 2

    Secure a rubber band tightly around the fabric, 1 to 2 inches below the tip. Continue wrapping rubber bands around the fabric as you desire. 

    Step 3

    Apply the dye to the fabric, varying the colors in the sections separated by the rubber bands. 

    Step 4

    Place your dyed shirt in a sealable plastic bag or wrap it with plastic wrap. Let the dye set for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. 

    Step 5

    Remove the rubber bands, wash and rinse according to the kit instructions.

     

    21. Eyeball Tie Dye Technique

    The technique requires you to twist the bullseye technique slightly. 

    Step 1

    Lay your clean, damp shirt flat on the covered work surface. Fold the shirt in half lengthwise.

    Step 2

    Pick a piece of scratch paper and form the shape of an eyeball on it. Ensure it is the size of the eyeball you want on your shirt, then cut it out. Fold the eyeball cutout into half and place it on the folded shirt, aligning the folds. Use a washable marker to trace around the half-eyeball cutout.

     

    Step 3

    Pick another piece of scratch paper and create a circular pattern. The circle should be smaller than the eyeball because it will be the iris of the eye. Cut out the circular pattern, then fold it in half. Place the fold of the circle on the shirt's fold right at the center of the half-eyeball. Trace the half-circle with a washable marker.

     

    Step 4

    Using the washable marker, sketch a smaller half-circle inside the iris. It will act as the pupil on the shirt's eye design.

     

    Step 5

    You now have to pleat along the drawn marker lines. Start by pleating the smallest circle, ensuring that the pleats remain along the marker line. Wrap a rubber band tightly on the line. 

    Pleat along the second line and wrap a zip tie tightly.

    Pleat along the half-eyeball line and also secure tightly with a zip tie.

     

    Step 6

    If you want some additional color impressions beyond the eyeball design, you can wrap rubber bands around the remaining part of the shirt as many times as you would like.

    Step 7

    Apply a black dye to the tip of the shirt (the pupil section).

     

    Step 8

    Apply a stripe of black dye along the zip tie on the outer eye accent around the eye. Now add any color you like to the iris section, then add various colors to the other bound sections of the shirt.

    Step 9

    Once you die all the sections, place the shirt in a sealable plastic bag or cover it with plastic. Let the dyes set for up to 8 hours or even longer. 

    Step 10

    Cut off the rubber bands and zip ties, then rinse and wash according to the kit instructions. s

     

    22. Alien Glow Tie-Dye Technique

    Do you like aliens? You can create some on your t-shirt; it will look so fantastic. Here is how to do it. 

    What You Need

    • T-shirt
    • Tie-dye kit
    • Washable Marker

      Step 1

      Dampen your t-shirt and then fold it in half from the neck down

       

      Step 2

      Pinch the fold right in the middle and twist the t-shirt into a spiral and secure it with rubber bands.

       

       

      Step 3 

      Fill the center of your spiral with yellow dye

       

      Step 4

      Go round the yellow circle with lime dye and finish off with darker green coloring. Ensure you flip the spiral over to saturate the fabric well.

       

      Step 5

      Put your spiral in a plastic bag and wait for about 6 to 8 hours. After that, remove it and rinse until the water is clear, then wash and hang to dry. 

      Step 6

      Draw an alien pattern on freezer paper and cut out the shape with a craft knife. 

      Step 7 

      Insert cardboard in the t-shirt and place the alien head shape over it, then iron.

       

      Step 8

      Cut alien eye shape on freezer paper, then trace it on the t-shirt with a pencil. After that paint the eyes black

       

      Step 9

      Paint the rest of the head with a green or yellow color.


      American Flag Tie-Dye

      Do you want to show your patriotic side this July 4th? Here is a simple step to help you make an American flag in preparation for the big day.

       

      What You Need

      • A white towel
      • Red and a blue tie-dye kit
      • Polythene bag

        Step 1

        Add water to the dye and shake thoroughly to mix well.

        Step 2

        Soak the towel with water and wring it out to remove excess water, leaving it just damp.

        Step 3

        Spread it on a flat surface and pinch one corner of the towel and start to spiral it. Only go about a quarter of the towel, then secure it with a rubber band.

         

        Step 4

        Starting from the other end, fold the towel towards the spiral you just made.

         

        Step 5

        Make the stripes by rubber banding every couple of inches along the length until you get to the other end.

         

        Step 6

        Take the blue dye and squeeze it over the blue section of the towel. Next, take the red dye and alternate over the other sections you rubber-banded for the strips-ensure you flip the towel over to dye all sides.

         

        Step 7

        Put your towel into a polythene bag and leave it to sit for at least 24 hours.

         

        Step 8

        Cut off the rubber band and rinse it until the water runs clear. Then, the wring out and wash it in a washer and hang to dry.

         

        24. Candy Corn Shirt Tie Dye Technique

        You do not need to buy a candy corn shirt for your next party. Instead, here is a simple DIY process to help you make one.

         

        What You Need

        • Orange and yellow dyes
        • A paintbrush 
        • A plain white t-shirt

          Step 1

          Cover your table with plastic, then prewash the fabric to remove any softeners and leave it wet. 

          Step 2 

          Pour water into dye bottles and shake it to mix it well with the powder that is inside.

          Step 3

          Paint the lower third of the t-shirt with the yellow dye. Ensure you get to every edge of it without leaving any white spots.

           

          Step 4

          Take a natural brush with damp bristles and brush it right into the yellow pain.

           

          Step 5

          Now take the orange dye and paint another third of the t-shirt just above the yellow area.

           

          Step 6

          Clean the paintbrush of the yellow paint, then use it to spread the orange dye.

           

          Step 7

          Cover your t-shirt with plastic and let it sit for about 6 to 8 hours. After that, rinse it until the water is clear. Then, let it hang to dry before you wear it.

           

          25. Emoji Tie Dye Technique

          Here is a technique to help you turn a bullseye look into your favourite emoji. With this, you can always be creative with any emoji, whether it is the laughing emoji or the heart eyes emoji. Here is how to do it:

           

          What You'll Need

          • Your favorite emoji tie-dye kit
          • Plate or any other circular object
          • Washable marker pen

          Step 1

          Dampen the t-shirt, then fold it in half right down the middle from the neck to the bottom hem. Place it on a flat surface, then use the washable marker pen and the plate to draw a semi-circle along the circumference, where you want the emoji face to appear.

           

          Step 2

          Pleat the t-shirt along the line you've just drawn.

           

          Step 3

          Wrap a rubber band around the pleated area on the line and another one about an inch further.

           

          Step 4

          Colour the tip of the bound t-shirt, up to the first rubber band with a yellow dye to make your emoji face. Then mark the boundary between the two rubber bands with blue paint (it can also be red or any other colour of your choosing).

           

          Step 5

          Wrap the dyed areas with clear plastic and leave it to settle as per the laundry package instructions; it can be six to eight hour or longer. 

          Step 6

          Iron your preferred facial expression on the yellow circle according to the package instruction. That's all, now rock your t-shirt with your favourite jeans.

           

          26. Firecracker Tie Dye Technique

          Want something to wear on the 4th of July? Here is a DIY procedure to help you customize your t-shirt with a fabulous firecracker Popsicle-inspired shirt.

           

          What you'll need

          • White t-shirt
          • Tie-dye kit
          • Water


          Step 1

          Dampen your t-shirt

          Step 2

          Add water to the dye and shake to mix well

           

          Step 3

          Divide your t-shirt into three sections. Tie the first rubber band right under the sleeves and the next one on the lower third. You can be creative with this spacing, depending on what you want.

           

          Step 4

          Place your t-shirt on a paper towel; you can also use a baker's cooling rack.

           

          Step 5

          Soak the upper section of the t-shirt with red dye and the lower third with blue dye.

           

          Step 6

          Cover your project with plastic and let it sit for about six to eight hours.

           

          Step 7

          Remove the plastic and rinse the shirt out until the water is clear, and leave to dry.


          27. Tie-Dye Watermelon Tote Bag

          The method below will help you use brush-on fabric pain and tie-dye to customize your white tote bag with a unique watermelon design.

          What You Need

          • 100% Natural Fibers Tote Bag: can be cotton or canvas
          • Thin paintbrush
          • Soft Paint or Brush-On Fabric Paint
          • Dye colors with fuchsia and lime dyes

            Step 1

            Pour your fuchsia dye in a plastic bin, then add water a half pitcher of water.

             

            Step 2

            Dip two-thirds of the tote bag for a moment, then remove

            Step 3

            Mix the lime dye with a half pitcher of water in a plastic bin 

            Step 4

            Flip the bag and dip the remaining third into a green dye leaving a white boundary to separate it from the fuchsia. Then allow it to set as per the dye instruction.

            Step 5

            Use a black soft fabric paintbrush to draw melon seeds on the red region of the newly colored tote.

             

            28. Infinity Tie-Dye Necklace

            Do you have a tie-dye t-shirt that you no longer use? Please do not throw it away! Instead, you can turn it into a brand new fashionable customized necklace to add to your accessories. Here's how:

            What You Need 

            • cotton tie-dye shirt 
            • Fabric Scissors
            • Fabric Fusion

              Step 1

              Spread your tie-dye t-shirt on a flat surface and use a pair of scissors to cut it into strips; begin from just under the arm downwards. You can cut as many strips as you like.

               

              Step 2

              Gather the strips and stretch them out, pulling as much as possible to make a shirt yarn.

              Step 3

              Cut a section of the one sleeve, then cut it again in half to form an elongated piece.

               

              Step 4

              Wrap the piece around the yarn and glue the end to secure it: it functions as a knot.

               

              29. Jack O' Lantern Tie Dye Technique

              Are you looking for that last-minute costume? Here is a simple step-by-step procedure to help you make a tie-dye pumpkin t-shirt with a one-step dye and accenting 3D paint.

               

              What You Need

              • A white t-shirt
              • Zip ties
              • Bakers cooling rack
              • Orange and black dyes
              • Tulip slick dimensional paint

                Step 1

                Spread some plastic on the so that you do not have dye everywhere. 

                Step 2

                Wash and rinse the t-shirt: do not use any fabric softeners.

                Step 3

                Grab the t-shirt right in the center, then pull it straight up, yanking the edges to make it nice and straight. This point will make the center of your pumpkin.

                 

                Step 4

                Lay it down and tie it with a zip tie, three inches from the tip.

                 

                Step 5

                Slip another zip tie about an inch away from the first tie.

                 

                Step 6

                Place the tied t-shirt on top of a baker's cooling rack to keep all the die from puddling up during the rest of the project.

                Drop some water into the dye bottles to dilute them, then shake to mix well.

                Step 7

                Start with applying the orange dye at the center of your pumpkin, up to where you put the first zip tie. Next, flip the shirt over and do both sides, soaking it up well.

                 

                Step 8

                Skip the middle part (between the zip ties) and paint the rest of the shirt black with dye right to the bottom. Add the dye until you saturate the shirt.

                 

                Step 9

                Cover the shirt with some plastic for about six to eight hours.

                 

                Step 10

                Remove the zip tie. Then grab your slick dimensional paint and draw your favorite face at the center of the pumpkin. You can do a traditional face here or be slightly more creative, depending on what you want.

                 

                Step 11

                Then, leave it to dry, and that's it.

                 

                30. Spiral Swirl Design Tie Dye Technique

                Here is how you can be creative and make a tie-dye swirl on your t-shirt

                Step 1

                Dampen your t-shirt, then spread it on a flat surface

                Step 2 

                Pinch it in the middle and then twist the fabric, giving it a little lift to spiral.

                 

                Step 3

                Secure the circumference with a rubber band. After that, run it with as many rubber bands over it as you want from top to bottom. This will form wedges; you will add your color in between each wedge. It will guide you on areas to apply the dye. You can create about six to eight wedges.

                 

                Step 4

                Mix the dyes you want to use with water and shake well to mix.

                 

                Step 5

                Place the t-shirt on top of a baker's cooling rack so it won't flood with paint. Then, apply your color in between the wedges, leaving enough space in between the rubber bands. That way, it won't get muddy.

                 

                Step 6

                Put your t-shirt in a plastic bag and let it sit for about 6 to 8 hour. After that, wash it and air to dry.

                 

                31. Star Tie-Dye Technique

                Want to customize your t-shirt with a star? Here is a super easy tutorial.

                 

                What You Will Need

                • White t-shirt
                • Light blue and dark blue dyes
                • Bakers cooling rack
                • Washable marker
                • Rubber bands
                • Plastic bag

                  Step 1

                  Fold your t-shirt in half from the neck to the right down to the bottom hem.

                   

                  Step 2

                  Fold your star pattern in half, then trace the circumference with a washable marker.

                   

                  Step 3

                  Pleat the t-shirt along the line you've just drawn-ensure the line resulting from the pleat is as straight as possible.

                   

                  Step 4

                  Wrap two rubber bands on the cloth, one along the pleated lines and another one an inch further down.

                   

                  Step 5

                  Place the tied t-shirt on top of a baker's cooling rack to keep all the die from puddling up during the rest of the project. Then, use a light blue dye or any other color of your liking to soak the area next to the tip.

                   

                   

                  Step 6

                  Soak the section between the two rubber bands with a dark blue dye.

                   

                  Step 7

                  Cover your project in a plastic bag and let it sit for six to eight minutes. Then, remove and rinse according to the dye instructions.

                   

                  32. Tie-Dye Pillows

                  There is no limit to the amount of creativity you can achieve when applying tie-dye on your pillowcase. Here is one way to do it:

                   

                  What You Need 

                  • 100% cotton white pillowcases
                  • Your favorite dye
                  • Rubber bands

                    Step 1 

                    Dampen your pillows cases to prepare them for dye penetration

                    Step 2

                    Fold your pillowcases and divide them into sections with rubber bands. You can use either the strip fold technique (what we used for this tutorial), the shibori fold technique, or the tie-dye triangle fold technique, depending on how you want your end product to look.

                     

                    Step 3

                    Apply your tie-dye colors, one after the other, in the striped pillowcase.

                     

                    Step 4

                    Depending on your dye instruction, allow the project to set, then rinse until the water turns clear. 

                    Step 5

                    Air to dry and then give your pillow a new homemade look.

                     

                    33. Tie-Dye Socks

                    Here is a well-explained DIY procedure to help you make stylish tie-dye socks. 

                    What You'll Need

                    One-stop tie-dye kit
                    A plastic surface cover
                    And 100% cotton socks- you can have any number depending on how many you want

                    Step 1

                    Bind your socks with rubber bands at different sections.

                     

                    Step 2

                    Wet the tied socks in a sink, then thoroughly wring them out to remove excess water. 

                    Step 3

                    Add water to your die colors and shake them up to mix well.

                     

                    Step 4

                    Spread the plastic cover on the table, then start applying the dye to the socks. You can be creative with this part, adding a different color to every section.

                     

                    Step 5

                    When done, cover your project with clear plastic and let it sit for about six to eight hours. Then, rinse all the dye out of the socks and hang them to dry.

                     

                    34. Tulip Tie-Dye Folding Technique

                     

                    Do you want to have grid-like patterns on your t-shirt? Here is an easy step to achieve that.

                    Step 1

                    Fill up your dye bottle with water and shake to mix well.

                     

                    Step 2

                    Spread your t-shirt on a flat surface and start folding from one side to flipping it in turns (to form zigzags).

                     

                    Step 3

                    Wrap it around with rubber bands after every couple of inches until you go all the way to the top.

                     

                    Step 4

                    Begin to apply your colors from the bottom up, leaving a little space on the rubber band for white strips. Ensure you flip the roll to reach the other sides.

                     

                    Step 5

                    Put the shirt in a plastic bag and leave it to sit for about six to eight hours; cut off the rubber bands and give it a good rinse. After that, your t-shirt will be ready.