Dappled Heart Shirt


The tie dye techniques used to create a Dappled Heart Shirt from I Love to Create are a stunning way to make tie dye shirts for everyone. Adorn a basic tee or top with this explosively vivacious heart emblazoned on the front.

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

Dappled Heart Shirt


  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit™ - Ultimate Colors
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Tee shirt, 100% cotton, white
  • Pencil


  1. Prewash shirt to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
  2. Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth. Lay shirt onto prepared surface.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, add water to dye bottles. Replace caps tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved.
  4. Fold shirt in half lengthwise.
  5. Draw half of a heart on fold, using pencil.
  6. Accordion fold fabric along heart outline, forcing it into a straight line.
  7. Secure with 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.
  8. Squeeze Purple Dye onto center of heart. Squeeze a line of Fuchsia Dye around Purple Dye (between rubber bands). Squeeze Fuchsia Dye onto rest of shirt.
  9. Cover fabric with plastic tablecloth. Let set 4 to 6 hours. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry.


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Love this pattern. Can't wait to try it. We love hearts!

This is awesome! Great for my tween niece. Thought she was too cool for tie dye, but loves hearts! FaveCraftsTieDye

I wish there was a picture of how the shirt is folded and secured!

Hi there, Unfortunately we only have the image provided by the designer of this project. For more information and further instructions, we suggest contacting I Love To Create via their social media channels. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts


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