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Crumple Tie Dye Technique


Updated April 27, 2016
(19 Votes)


The crumple technique from I Love to Create is a classic and easy way to create tie-dye designs in shirts and other fabrics. Follow this photo tutorial to do the crumple tie-dye technique.

Before beginning this project, read the instructions for the Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye or Tulip Permanent Fabric Dye.  Refer back to them for standard steps.


Crumple Tie Dye Technique

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Crumple 1

  • Prewash shirt to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
  • Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth.
  • Lay fabric flat on work surface and crumple with fingertips.

Lift into a tub.

Crumple 2


  • Carefully lift fabric into a baking dish or large tub.

Apply dye.

Crumple 3


  • Add warm water to fill the bottles of dye and shake to mix.  Apply first color of dye to fabric in an all over squiggle motion.

Apply second color dye.

Crumple 4

  • Apply second color of dye in the same way. Turn fabric over and apply dyes on the back. Add more water to the bottle when dyes are halfway down to extend the dye.

Finishing Touch

Crumple 5


  • Make sure the fabric is completely wet with dye. Do not over saturate fabric. If dye is applied too close together the colors may become muddy.
  • Cover fabric with plastic. Let set 4 to 6 hours.
  • Fill washer to large load setting with hottest water suitable for fabric and a small amount of non-bleach laundry detergent.
  • Wash and dry separately.

Free Craft Videos: How To Tie Dye a Scarf with Tulip One Step

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I love the way it looks when you crumple. Thanks for the step by step instructions including pictures. FaveCraftsTieDye

Crumpling could become my go to technique!!! FaveCraftsTieDye

FaveCraftsTieDye. OK this is going in MY todo book first thing! I love this!!! It looks like a crinkle type tye dye, so unique.

Haven't tried but it looks like fun and a novel way to tie dye!

This looks fun! I've paid a lot to get this look and it seems so easy... FaveCraftsTieDye.

I feel like all of my attempts at this method never quite turn out the way they should. Well, if at first you don't succeed, try try again! FaveCraftsTieDye

There are so many cool and unique ways to tie-dye a shirt. This is awesome! FaveCraftsTieDye

Can't wait to try this!!! FaveCraftsTieDye

This looks like a fun group project, my grands, nieces nephews would have so much fun. FaveCraftsTieDye

I have done this before but it wasn't as nice as these! I must try this next time. FaveCraftsTieDye.

I look forward to trying this

I think I like this technique best because you do it so randomly. The results here are beautiful.

Favecrafts tie dye. Crumpling fabric is right up my alley. Want to try to dye a white ball cap and tee shirts. I'd invite my young adult daughter and a few of her friends to a tie dye party and then maybe a movie marathon. )

Another great photo tutorial...Can't wait to try this one out! FaveCraftsTieDye

FaveCraftsTieDye. You can crumple your shirt as much or as little as you want. It might even look like it came from a dorm-room floor!

This is a great technique for younger kids. Because of the nature of the bottles,and the "excitement" of the kids, while tie-dying, I found it helps to tell kids to cover the opening of the bottle with a gloved finger and then lower it to the fabric to start sprinkling, this prevents the dye from going everywhere.

There is NO picture of the finished shirt.

Devonna commented TWO YEARS AGO!!! labarbone commented ONE MONTH AGO!!! Why are there no corrections?

Whatsup with not showing the final product? I want to know what it looks like before I decide if it is something I'd want to make.

I find it would be helpful, with all these tie dyed shirts, that you show a picture of the final product. I don't know if I want to make it if I can't see a picture of what it will look like.


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