I Heart Tie Dye Tee


You'll just fall in love with this tie dye craft from Pattie Wilkinson for I Love to Create! It's great for summer camp or an arts and craft project with kids. What a way to wear your heart on your sleeve this summer!

I Heart Tie Dye Tee


  • Tulip® One-Step Dye™ (Fuschia, Yellow)
  • Tulip® Fashion Form™
  • Tulip® Surface Cover™
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint (Azalea, Berry Red)
  • Foil
  • T-shirt – white – 100% cotton
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush


  1. Prewash T-shirt; do not use fabric softener. Do not dry.
  2. Protect work surface with Surface Cover then lay damp shirt on work surface.
  3. Fold shirt in half vertically, with fold pointed toward the right.
  4. Use a pencil to lightly draw half of a heart in center of shirt, beginning at fold.
  5. Pinch the shirt along the pencil line with fingers, gathering all the way around the heart shape. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the heart section then wrap another rubber band 1” below first rubber band.
  6. Wearing plastic gloves from box, add water to dye bottles, filling to line indicated on bottles. Replace caps tightly and shake bottles until dye is dissolved.
  7. Squeeze Fuchsia dye onto heart section of shirt, getting dye close to rubber band. Squeeze Yellow into the 1” section below heart section, then squeeze Fuchsia onto remainder of shirt.
  8. Cover shirt with Surface Cover to keep damp and let set 4 to 6 hours or longer for most intense colors. Fill washer to large load setting with cold water and a small amount of laundry soap. Cut rubber bands off shirt then wash separately on a large load setting with a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately in dryer.
  9. Insert Fashion Form between layers of shirt.
  10. Squeeze puddles of Azalea and Berry Red Soft Fabric Paints onto a piece of foil. Mix colors with paintbrush then brush feathered lines along the edge of the heart as shown.
  11. Let dry flat 2 hours. Wait 72 hours to wash.



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I haven't done tie dye since the seventies but this looks to cute to pass up. My daughter in law just saw tie dye in the mall and thought it was something brand new! Oh to be that young again! Thank you so much for sharing and helping me to awaken a new generation to this neat craft.


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