Tie dye is a fun way of dying fabrics in vibrant shades, being one of the best ways of creating colorful patterns for shirts and tops. You can come up with all sorts of designs from spiral or striped patterns to a heart or the fan hold tied prints.
You can also opt for tie dye kits to make your job easier, especially when tie-dyeing with kids. It can be a great activity idea for parties, sleepovers and summer camps.
If you already know how to tie dye, the only thing you have left to learn is how to tie the shirt for achieving the different patterns. You can also try bleach tie dye that allows you to work interesting patterns on colorful clothes and even denim shirts. Here you will find detailed tutorials for all sorts of designs for tie dyeing a shirt.
Who wouldn’t love to have a cool shirt with the yin-yang pattern in red and blue? You are free to pick any two-color combination of course. You can even work in one color, combining it with white.
It is hard to believe that you can turn a plain white shirt into this within a few hours, right?
Here is a perfect way to come up with a unique Valentine’s Day gift. The bright yellow color, along with the white marks forming the heart design, makes the pattern even more special.
Disney and Mickey Mouse has made their way into every field of art, craft and textile making with tie dyeing being no different. The iconic Mickey pattern works wonders when dyed properly, especially when there is a bright white outline to make it more prominent.
Here is a rather unique and colorful pattern with different shades of blue in the background of a bright red and traces of yellow.
The star pattern really works for a tie dye project as, in addition to providing a scope to experiment with different colors, it also offers a chance to have fun deciding how many points will your star have.
This one could be a refreshing change from the store-bought Superman and Spider-Man t-shirts.
Initially looking pretty similar to a spiral tie dyed shirt, giving it a second glace will show how unique and stylish the bull’s eye design is. An easy one to work on, it is suitable for beginners, just learning the wonders of the tie dyeing technique.
Everybody is bound to love this timeless black and white pattern. The classy design really works for a full sleeve shirt, but you can try it on any style of plain white t-shirt.
The soft light blue-white pattern is perfect for warm summer days as the shirt looks so comfy that you probably can’t wait to start working on this one.
Who said that tie dye is not for denim? The blue white pattern of this tie-dyed denim shirt is much cooler than any simple blue denim shirt.
Another simple heart pattern, the DIY tutorial shows you how cool it is to make one of these trendy shirts for each member of your family. The baby onesie looks so adorable.
The piece symbol is another popular choice for tie dye shirts.
A different way of dyeing clothes, this one involves making the designs with colorful Sharpie markers before working to spread the ink with rubbing alcohol.
A colorful tie-dyed shirt looks adorable on your cutie pie as well. So go ahead and start working on a tiny white t-shirt, using whatever color you want to see your little one in. Soft, pastel shades work best for this purpose.
A simple red-blue-white tie dye project, the ombre patriotic design makes it so special. Once you master the procedure, you can experiment with other colors as well.
The method for working this pattern is pretty simple, involving working on a regular round tie-dyed shirt in black and orange before drawing eyes, nose and mouth on the round orange marks to create smiling Jack-o’-lanterns. The spider web one is worked in the same manner.
A creative design, this one involves dyeing just the upper front area of the shirt, rather than tying the whole shirt to put into dye buckets.
The snowman pattern has always been so popular among kids and adults that everyone is bound to love this cute snowman on their tie-dyed shirt. Of course, the snowy design brings a Christmas charm with it.
A spiral design with streaks of different colors radiating from the center, a shirt dyed in this pattern will be ideal for a day out at the beach or a casual day spent with friends.
A basic, one-color pattern, you can work this one with any shade of blue, yellow, green, orange or any other color you can think of, and the end product is sure to be as trendy as possible.
This pretty pattern actually reminds of a box of crayons with its random colorful markings.
An adorable and easy pattern, this tutorial gives basic instructions for tying a shirt in preparation for dyeing it is mild pastel shades. So those of you looking to learn the method will find this one useful.
This tutorial shows how to work on a colorful spiral tie dye pattern and a bright circular design. All the patterns are worked in blue and pink, but you can use other combinations such as red-blue and yellow-green.
Another trendy and popular tie dyeing pattern, this one involves folding the shirt diagonally, in the same manner as if folding a sheet of paper to make a fan. Watch the video tutorial to see how simple it actually is.
How about making a couple of matching tie-dyed shirts for your kids? You may even consider going the whole way and create a matching set for the whole family.
Another patriotic pattern so aptly named the firecracker tie dye pattern. It is actually pretty easy to work on with a simple tying technique.
The colors blue and violet are working for this one. Some other combination ideas include pink-blue, green-yellow and orange-green along with the classic black and white.
The perfect tie dye project for the 4th of July holiday, it is suitable for proficient tie-dye artists as well as those in need for some practice.
The ‘V’ shape tie dye pattern has become pretty common; so, how about working on an inverse “V” design that is sure to compliment your creative skills?
Now that you have learned the simple tie-dyeing method, there is no reason to spend a lot of money on the tie-dyed top you liked at the shopping mall. Just check out the pattern carefully and buy a white shirt to try your hand at the same design. You might even end up with an even better pattern!
Published on January 14th 2015 by Daphne Bennette