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Swirl Tie Dye Technique



Creating a twisting spiral of bright colors with tie-dye is easier than you might think! Follow this photo tutorial from I Love to Create or watch the video below to create your own swirl tie-dye for wearable items or home decor pieces.

Before you begin 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 with using dye.

Swirl Tie Dye Technique Table of Contents

How To Tie Dye
More Tie Dye Ideas and Cool Tie Dye Designs
How to Make Tie Dye Designs
Printable Tie Dye Collections
Bonus: How to Tie Dye Ribbon Using Glimmer Mist


If you've ever wanted to learn how to tie-dye, this is the perfect project to try. Simply pinch and turn to create the folds and then cover strategically with rubber band. Add dye to your piece - you can pick as many colors as you want. Cool tie dye designs come in all shapes and sizes, so don't be afraid to get creative. Follow these tie dye instructions and you'll be well on your way to designing a one-of-a-kind wearable that's eye-catching and daring. You'll never want to buy new clothes when you learn how to tie-dye clothes you already have.

How To Tie Dye

Swirl 1 Pinch and twist

Before beginning, read the Tie-Dye how-to instructions and refer back to them for standard steps.

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

Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth.
Lay fabric flat on work surface. Decide the area on the fabric where you want the swirl to be. Pinch fabric at this point. Twist fabric around into a flat spiral.

Swirl 2 Bind

Bind with rubber bands, creating 6 wedge shapes. Use more rubber bands as desired.

Swirl 3 Apply Dye

Apply Dye on wedges using as many colors as desired, in the desired arrangement – alternating wedges, connecting wedges, etc. or use a single color.

Cover fabric with plastic. 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.


More Tie Dye Ideas and Cool Tie Dye Designs

28 Tie Dye Craft Projects and How to Tie DyeLooking for easy tie dye crafts that you can work on with the kids? With these craft tutorials, you'll discover how easy it is to find things to tie dye. There are so many cool techniques to try and ways to personalize otherwise boring items like white shirts and socks. You can even create tie dye decor items - it's such a fun way to add color to your space. Discover how to make tie dye crafts that look groovy and cool. It's so easy to take a trip back in time - you only need some cool tie dye designs to get you started.




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How to Make Tie Dye Designs

Heart Tie Dye TechniqueThere are so many fun and easy ways to tie dye shirts. Discover cool tie dye designs and get inspired. Soon, you won't have any white clothes in sight because everything will be tie dyed. Whether you try the splatter technique or create a heart using a variety of dyes, you can't go wrong. These techniques can also be used to change the look of boring white home decor items. Now is the perfect time to turn your space into a groovy oasis.


Learn how to tie-dye with these unique 47 Tie Dye Craft Projects for fashion, gifts, home decor, and more.




Printable Tie Dye Collections

Perfect for parents, counselors, and crafters on the go, these printable tie dye collections can also be downloaded directly to your computer or mobile device for free!  Find our very best tie dye tutorials in these free eBooks!


Bonus: How to Tie Dye Ribbon Using Glimmer Mist

You don't have to use standard tie dye to create delightful tie dye craft projects. Learn how to tie dye using Glimmer Mist - it's so much easier than you might think. Follow along with this video tutorial and discover a fun and new way to create tie dye designs.

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Reviews More Reviews

Oct 30, 2013

Would it be ready to wear if it dried over night? orrr..


Jun 5, 2013

Would love to see pics of the finished product.


8 Ratings

Apr 13, 2013



Mar 18, 2013

and if i want to use hot dies ! so how can i do ths techniqe


Jan 17, 2013

cool will have to try this x


Jan 10, 2013

this is really cool... :)


Oct 22, 2012

i want to see the results of the shirts you made on videos....i love to tie dye.


Oct 13, 2012

do you have to get the shirt wet first?


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