Would you believe that I have never tie dyed before?
Raise your hand if you have NEVER tie dyed before...I see some hands!

Tulip tie dye is great! It's one step process makes it so easy to use!
Dyes are permanent and color-fast...so they wont fade in the wash!

This was my first go at it...and you know what? I love it and I am completely obsessed.
Just watch out...anything and everything that is white is soon to be tie dyed!

Tie dying is a fun family activity!
Great for all ages too. Some set up in advance, and even the

littlest toddler could make their own shirt!

Step 1: Supplies!

You will need:

White 100% cotton T-shirts

One step Tie Dye (and warm water)

Rubber bands and zip ties

Washable marker

Plastic bag covered table (on the patio was great)

Baking/cooling rack

Disposable gloves

Plastic bags (grocery type bags)

And some eager helpers!

I had enough dye rated for "65 projects". (they are counting small projects like socks or bandanas...)
Because we did large child and large adult shirts it ended up making 40 shirts total.

(hopefully this helps when you are planning ahead for your party!)

I wrapped the table with garbage bags, so the clean up would be easy.

I had a basket of already washed and wet t-shirts.

We used baking racks to keep the dye from pooling under the shirts...

Washable markers were used for tracing out shapes or patterns to follow.

I also had a large supply of latex gloves and plastic grocery bags for wrapping later.

great post, i love it
I love the American Flag one! Can you please let me know how you made it? Thanks!
I love the American Flag one! Can you please let me know how you made that one? Thanks!
On your rainbow shirt, how did you get your blue colors? Was there a pattern or do you just randomly apply it? Your shirts look great!
<p>This is great! I added it to my <a rel="nofollow">Party Time 70's style</a> page of my Disco-ball pumpkin instructable. Thanks so much!</p>
<p>I love the eyeball! So cool!</p>
<p>Halloween Tie Dye patterns are here: <br></p><p>http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2014/09/halloween-tie-dye-party.html</p>
<p>Omg, I love it!</p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
Awesome Instructible Doodlecraft!! Thanks! I can't wait for the Halloween patterns U got my vote for this one :)
<p>Halloween Tie Dye patterns are here: <br></p><p>http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2014/09/halloween-tie-dye-party.html</p>
<p>Thank you! :)</p>
How do you do pumpkin tie dye
<p>Halloween Tie Dye patterns are here: <br></p><p>http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2014/09/halloween-tie-dye-party.html</p>
<p>The pumpkin is very similar to the heart...I'm working on a tutorial for fall themed tie dyes right now! I'll let you know when it's finished! :)</p>
how did you make the one with the eye in the middle?
<p>Halloween Tie Dye patterns are here: </p><p>http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2014/09/halloween-tie-dye-party.html</p>
great artistic patterns, i m gonna try them. worth the votes.
<p>This is now a canonical guide to tie dye. Awesome share!</p>
<p>Thank you! I hope it's helpful to others that haven't tie dyed yet! :)</p>
When they find it, they will have tie-dyed and gone to heaven.
OUTSTANDING! So many times I read instructions for tie dyed shirts &amp; they would be confusing or there's no picture. Finally I can do this with confidence. Thank you so much! Can't wait for your next seasons artwork :)
<p>Thank you--that was my intention...total confidence with tie dying! :)</p>
wow those are beautiful
Pretty Cool Awesome thanks for Sharing
<p>Thanks Cat! :)</p>
That is just an awesome way to use a zip tie! Great tie dye instructable!
<p>Thank you--yes, zip ties work the best! :)</p>
Awesome witch I found out about this when I was tie dying a couple of days ago. But I will always keep this in mind
<p>Haha, I know what you mean! I looked and looked for helps before I started...I feel proud of myself for putting the instructions for various patterns all in one place! :)</p>
<p>great tutorial natalie!! i always want to make a pair of pants with these patterns!</p>
<p>Thank you! I have been tie dying all summer and love it! :)</p>
how did you do the American flag one?
<p>I love the flag one! It's the same technique as the bullseye, just start gathering it at the bottom corner, and work your way up to the sleeve. Then alternate red and white and finish off with one wider blue section. Easy! :)</p>
One other question, where did you get the dye from?
<p>Tulip one step dyes are at any craft store...even Walmart. The large pack of 12 dyes is around $30. (there are some knock off brands that come in squeeze bottles and they seem to work just as well)</p>
Thank you this helps a lot! I will have to do this. :)
<p>Very helpful and instructive! </p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
Nvm I understand now
<p>I'm glad if it made sense...I need to start making videos as well! :) Let me know if you have any other specific questions! :)</p>
I don't know how u fold it u should've shown steps I don't understand at all
Cool! I like it! So much fun.
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
<p>Best tie-dye instructions I've seen yet! Few bits of advice...If I may...</p><p>It's best if you soak your shirts or other cotton garments in soda ash(sodium carbonate). This has 2 purposes. First it'll remove some of the starch and second it will &quot;loosen&quot; the cotton fibers to better the dying process. Darker color unless you want the pastels. </p><p>The longer they sit the darker the color...normally. Depends on the dye used. I usually go 24+ hours.</p><p>After the rinse, wash the shirts with synthrpol or an industrial detergent so the next wash won't have any running dye. </p><p>If you have an old microwave, dye'em and cook'em. The dye will burn a little creating a really cool darker color pattern inside the folds. Caveat, they get super hot!!!!</p>
<p>Thank you! And, great advice too! :)</p>

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