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Gal-axy Tie Dye T-Shirt

Learn how to tie dye t-shirts to resemble the trendy galaxy pattern with this free tutorial.

Gal-axy Tie Dye T-Shirt
Gal-axy Tie Dye T-Shirt
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Let everyone know that you are the type of lady that is out of this world when you learn how to tie dye with bleach to create the ever-popular, always-stunning galaxy pattern. The Gal-axy Tie Dye T-Shirt shows you how to transform an old black tee into a brand new beauty. Using bleach and tie dyes, this gorgeous tee looks like it is right off the shelf at a trendy store. One of the best things about being a crafty person is being able to save money by creating trendy pieces with DIY techniques instead of paying a pretty penny. This tie dye idea is just about as trendy as they come.
Budget friendly and unique, this tie dye technique could easily be applied to any of your other favorite tie dye projects. Carry the world in a galaxy tote, make Cosmos-inspired skirt, and more! The possibilities are endless with the galaxy tie dye technique.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Tulip Spray Paint in Snow (26569)
  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit® Classic (31668)
  • Tulip® Surface Cover™
  • Bleach
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Spray Bottle
  • Scissors
  • Black t-shirt

How to Tie Dye: The Galaxy Technique

  1. Wash and dry shirt to remove fabric sizing. Note: Washing out the sizing will better allow the bleach to penetrate shirt fabric for a more intense design.

  2. Cut a piece of surface cover to fit inside T-shirt.

  3. Cover work surface with remaining portion of surface cover and lay shirt with plastic inside on surface cover.

  4. Mix a 50/50 solution of bleach and water in spray bottle.

  5. Pinch shirt front between thumb and forefinger, and twist until entire shirt is twisted into a spiral.

  6. Lightly spray spiraled shirt with bleach solution. Allow bleach to remain on shirt until desired lightness is achieved. Spray again if desired for more effect.

  7. Once shirt achieves desired bleached effect, immediately run shirt through a complete wash cycle. Leave shirt damp.

  8. Lay damp shirt out on covered work surface. Mix One-Step Dyes according to package instructions.

  9. Apply each dye color to a different area of your bleached design. Allow shirt to set for time recommended in package instructions or overnight.

  10. Wash and dry shirt as recommended in dye package instructions.

  11. Lay shirt out flat on covered work surface. Spray lightly with Snow Fabric Spray Paint to create “stars.” Let dry completely.

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I sooo want to do this one. Thank you for great instructions. FaveCraftsTieDye

Wow this shirt is awesome. I dpmt think I have ever seena shirt done that way before

Oh wow. Looks like tie dye has changed a lot since my summer camp days. This looks amazing and utterly unique. I'd definitely wear it out of the house. I like that it's on a black shirt as opposed to the boring old white ones of yesteryear. To answer the question, I definitely prefer the unique designs. People are probably less apt to ask me if a child made my top if I took on this design as opposed to a more traditional one.


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