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18 Tie Dye Patterns for Shirts, Decor, & More

Included in this book are eighteen tie dye patterns to wear, use around the house, or give as a gift. Make over your wardrobe in minutes with these fun and easy tie dye patterns.

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Crumple Tie Dye Technique



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 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.

Crumple 2  

Lift into a tub

Carefully lift fabric into a baking dish or large tub.


Crumple 3  

Apply dye

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.

Crumple 4  

Apply second color dye

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.

Crumple 5

Finishing Touch

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.



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

arlene o

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.

labarbone 6626195

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.

DeVonna from Midland Texas

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