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Sponge Tie Dye Technique

Learn how to tie dye with a sponge when you follow this simple tutorial.

Updated December 30, 2020
Sponge Tie Dye Technique
Sponge Tie Dye Technique
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For a classic tie-dye look quickly and easily, use a household sponge. The sponge tie-dye technique from I Love to Create can be done on wet or dry fabric for two different looks.

If you love traditional tie dye techniques like swirl or crumple, you'll love this new take! Rather than rubber banding and coloring your shirt using a spray bottle, you can tie dye simply using a household sponge. Have fun creating designs that look like color blocking, do the entire shirt in one color, or create a design that's totally random and fun! This method is a fun alternative to a classic craft.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Main MaterialFabric

Primary TechniqueFabric Crafts


Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Tulip One Step Dye Kit
  • Plastic tablecloth to protect work surface
  • Items to tie dye, such as a cotton T-shirt
  • Household sponge(s)
  • Styrofoam plate


Apply Dye to Sponge

  1. Apply dye on one end of dry household sponge.

  2. Sponge dye across dry fabric for a more lined look or sponge across wet fabric for a softer striped look.

Continue with Different Color of Dye

  1. Use a clean sponge for each stripe color.

Cobbled Bicolor Tie Dye Tee

See this project in action! Learn how to make the Cobbled Bicolor Tie Dye Tee.

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