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Heart Tie Dye Technique


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Watch a video below and/or follow the written instructions to create a tie-dye heart design on fabric. The heart tie-dye technique from I Love to Create is fun to do and makes a wonderful shirt gift.

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

After you master these heart tie-dye instructions, be sure to try you hand at making the Crowning Heart T-Shirt.


Folding the Fabric Fold shirt

Prewash shirt to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth. 

Lay shirt onto prepared surface.  Fold shirt in half lengthwise.

Drawing a Heart

Draw heart design

Draw half of a heart on fold, using pencil.

Accordion fold heart


Accordion fold fabric along heart outline, forcing it into a straight line.

Binding Fabric

Secure with rubber band

Secure with rubber band along area of gathers.

Binding Fabric 2

Apply second rubber band

Apply a second rubber band about an inch away from the first band (towards the body of the shirt).  This is an optional step but allows for an additional color to be applied in the middle banded area.

Applying the Dye

Apply Dye

Wearing rubber gloves, add water to dye bottles. Replace caps tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved. Use full-strength for intense colors. For a lighter shade of color, add more water using extra bottle if needed.

Squeeze Purple Dye onto center of heart. Squeeze a line of Red Dye around Purple Dye (between rubber bands). Squeeze Fuchsia Dye onto rest of shirt.

Cover fabric with plastic tablecloth. Let set 4 to 6 hours. Remove rubber bands.  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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video has overly loud music but NO instructions. printed instruction are OK. need to work on better presentations.

Would have been nice to see finished product

would of liked to seen the heart finished

It's in the video . lol If ya watch the Video it shows the same steps but better and shows the ending results.

Would have been nice to have seen the finished project.


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