3D Tie Dye Flower Top


3D Tie Dye Flower Top

Make tie dye shirts that really pop with the tie dye instructions for a 3D Tie Dye Flower Top from I Love to Create. These fun tie dye shirts make fun gifts and fashionable accessories for spring and summer, and the 3D flowers add a unique and bright accent to the top!

Find this project and many more in our free eBook, How to Make Tie Dye Shirts, Decor, and More: 18 Tie Dye Patterns!

3D Tie Dye Flower Tee



  • Bright Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit™: Turquoise, Pink, and Lime dyes
  • Tulip® Glitter Spray Paint™
  • Tulip® Fabric Fusion
  • Needle with thread to match
  • Low-tack masking tape
  • Sewing pins
  • (2) T-shirts – white – 100% cotton
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Blow dryer (optional)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Iron


  1. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth.
  2. Prewash shirts in washer with small amount of laundry soap. Do not dry. Place damp shirts on work surface. Smooth one shirt flat. Working from one side, pleat fabric across to other side then press fabric together. Tightly crumple fabric of other shirt, following instruction sheet provided in kit if needed.
  3. Wearing plastic gloves from kit, fill dye bottles with water to lines indicated on bottles. Replace caps and shake until each is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Squeeze Turquoise dye onto top half of pleated shirt and Lime onto bottom third, leaving a section of white in between colors.
  5. Squeeze Pink on crumpled shirt, squeezing and turning fabric until completely covered.
  6. Cover dyed shirts with plastic wrap to keep damp. Let set 6 to 8 hours or longer for most intense color.
  7. Fully rinse dyed shirts under warm running water until extra dye is removed and water runs clear. Fill washer to large load setting with hottest water suitable for T-shirt fabric and a small amount of laundry soap. Wash and dry separately. Iron both shirts smooth.
  8. To create flowers, cut off hem from pink shirt. Measure and cut 3”, 2½” and 1½” wide fabric strips from bottom of shirt.
  9. Starting with 3” strip, place fabric on corrugated cardboard. Working in short sections at a time, apply a thin bead of Fabric Fusion along one cut edge. Begin pleating fabric, pushing pins through pleats to hold in place while they dry. Continue to pleat length of fabric, creating a tight circle. Let dry.
  10. Repeat pleating step for 2½” and 1½” wide strips.
  11. To cover flower centers, cut an irregular shaped round of dyed pink fabric, add glue to center of flower then crumple and press fabric round into glue. Let dry.
  12. Place flowers on paper towels. Test Glitter Spray on a paper towel to get a feel for how much to pump. Spray flowers and let dry – if desired, a blow dryer will speed this step. Add several more applications of Glitter Spray to desired look. Let dry.

    3D Tie Dye Flower Top
  13. Apply Fabric Fusion to back of flowers and pressing firmly in place where desired on other T-shirt. Let dry.

    3D Tie Dye Flower Tee


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