100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques
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Get inspired with this epic collection of 100+ Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns. From t-shirts to picture frames, aprons to flip flops, these tie dye projects and techniques are great for crafters of all ages!
All of the tie dye designs below come with full tutorials that make the ideas presented easy peasy. Whether you want to make tie dye shirts or other items, this list is sure to contain the project for you.
Browse the gallery below! Click on any image to be directed to the project of your choice. Have so much fun making any of the tie dye project ideas featured below!
Start with a video tutorial! If you're a visual learner and you'd love to upgrade that hoodie, watch our DIY Tie Dye Hoodie video.
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Table of Contents
- How To Get Started: Tie Dye Instructions
- Tie Dye Techniques
- T-Shirt Tie Dye Patterns
- Tie Dye Projects for the Home
- Apron Tie Dye Patterns
- Dress and Skirt Tie Dye Patterns
- Tie Dye Shirts and Sweaters
- Tie Dye Projects for Babies and Children
- Tie Dye Ideas for Accessories
- Bags and Totes Tie Dye Patterns
- Miscellaneous Tie Dye Designs
- The Best Tie Dye Fabric
- How to Finish Your Tie Dye Projects
How To Get Started: Tie Dye Instructions
Learn how to tie dye and get started with our helpful infographic! We have the basics listed here and this is a fantastic, helpful checklist.
1. Cover table wtih plastic table cover
2. Place dye bottles, a bucket, a roll of paper towels, and sealable plastic bags at each tie dye station
3. Use plastic buckets to contain dye and make cleanup easy
4. Place 2 sheets of paper towels in each bucket to absorb excess tie dye
5. Put wet tie dye projects into sealable plastic bags
6. Toss used paper towels in trash after each tie dye project
Download the infographic PDF.
If you're looking for more thorough instructions for how to get started with tie dye, check out our complete step-by-step guide of Tie Dye Instructions.
Tie Dye Techniques
There are so many cool tie dye techniques to learn! Learn how to fold your fabric to create unique and professional looking results. These folds can be used on any project but work really well on clothing, such as tee shirts, or large pieces of fabric, like pillow cases, towels, and blankets.
This is the most popular tie dye technique out there! If you are new to tie dyeing shirts, start here!
This tutorial shows two ways to do the ombre technique! You can use a spray bottle or a paint brush to get that beautiful color blending effect.
This infographic shows one of the classic tie dye techniques! Create a beautiful striped tie dye garment when you accordian fold your garment.
The sunburst technique is a great one to adapt to patriotic holidays because these almost look like fireworks!
One form of reverse tie dye is the salt resist tie dye technique. Create a variation in color with Tulip salt resist. You can make a specific design like this heart, or simply scatter the salt for a speckled effect.
Similar to the ombre tie dye tutorial, this technique features just one color and involves watering it down to get that nice color fade.
You don't have to just use rubber bands and dye bottles! Grab a paint brush and paint some flowers with your tie dye colors.
Use dots of glue to create a resist design on this scarf project!
Love the look of sponge painting? You can create the same effect on your garments! Create stripes of sponge painted tie dye with this tutorial.
Use a tie dye resist product to stamp designs onto your project, then cover with regular dye to create a neat finished product!
Bullseye and spiral might be the two most popular tie dye techniques out there! This beautiful technique is simple and made easier with an infographic sharing different color ideas!
The crumple tie dye technique is a fun one! For those who like to be a little less precise about their folds, this method is fast and easy and still produces a fabulous result.
Sketch out a heart design after learning how to do the right fold on your fabric to create this cheerful shirt.
Keep it simple with stripes! This technique is demonstrated on a baby onesie which would be a fantastic gift at an upcoming shower.
This beautiful shirt looks like galaxies and stars! The sunburst technique meets paint splatters in this fun design.
Learn how to batik with the traditional wax technique. The results are just gorgeous! This is a great way to upcycle a stained top.
I'm a big fan of this twist on the traditional swirl or spiral technique! Adding a bit of black in the right places creates this fantastic contrasting effect.
Looking for natural alternatives to traditional dyes? Learn how to tie dye with turmeric! Create a beautiful and brightly colored new garment.
Next time you plan a tie dye project, make sure to bring an extra shirt. Learn how to absorb that unused dye to create a fantastic result!
Ice dye is an increasingly trendy and very cool method for dyeing fabric! This method creates a marbled effect and it's so easy.
Try dyeing clothes with food coloring! You may already have all the materials you need on hand. This is a more natural method for tie dye.
T-Shirt Tie Dye Patterns
Tee shirts are the most popular tie dye project, so we've collected all of our best tie dye shirt patterns right here. Great for men and women of all ages, these projects are a fun way to show off your personality. Use them as jerseys, fun family reunion tees, or gather your best friends over for a fun night of tie and dye.
This heroic tie dye pattern uses the bullseye technique to create this design. Paint a star in the middle with fabric paint and your shirt is complete!
The vivid hues in this sunset T-shirt blend beautifully together as you paint it. This shirt requires no rubber bands to get this look.
Love the look of shibori? You can achieve this style without some of the more complicated elements of using indigo by following the techniques in this tutorial.
Give a plain purple shirt a fierce edge with this technique. A bit of ombre and a streak of white give the slightest color block to this shirt.
Look at these colors!! How lovely are these looks? Using a spray nozzle instead of the traditional squeeze bottle, this technique creates a really stunning, vivacious look.
You can make a variety of looks with tie dye, and this tutorial shows how! Choose from the three designs pictured here to make a more traditional tie dye project or a simple "olive oil" design.
Use the swirl tie dye technique to create this hurricane tank top. By using just one color and applying the color in a unique way, you can create this lovely effect.
The name "scribble scrabble" really fits this shirt, doesn't it? It you have young grandkids, this would be such a fun design to do with them. It's awesome that it almost looks like a giant crayon drew on it!
The cobblestone look of this design is made even more appealing with the two-tone style. You could even make more stripes and use more colors featuring this technique.
Add a lovely heart motif to the center of your tie dye project! Similar to the bullseye technique, this shirt involves pinching in the middle to create your design. Make sure you follow the directions to wind up with a heart instead of a circle!
Use a resist product to draw a design on your shirt that won't absorb the tie dye! This technique can be used in countless ways to create all sorts of lovely patterns.
Dazzle everyone with your awesome new rainbow top! The colors blend just enough to add interest, and the look is so easy to achieve. This is a great tie dye project for beginners!
With logo shirts coming back into style, this graffiti tee is totally on trend! This is an intermediate tie dye project that will take a bit more time to complete, but the finished product is so fun.
Say hello to the absolutely awesome swirl technique with this project! This is one of the best types of tie dye projects to make. It's a great throwback to the 70s and it's really easy for beginners to make this design.
This shirt looks a bit like a blooming flower, doesn't it? Learn how to fold and dye the shirt to create this unique effect with tie dye.
This is a fantastic tie dye project for summer camp. It features the swirl tie dye technique, which is great for kids and adults alike! These particular shirts are also customized with campers' names on them. A great project for big groups!
This is a different take on ways to use tie dye! Instead of dyeing the entire shirt, use tie dye to draw patterns on a white background. These flowers are a lovely motif!
Instead of using bright, primary colors, opt for the softer hues of these pastels for a bright, summery look.
Using "graffiti" products, you can create a tie dye tee with some stunning graphics for a really unique look.
First, how can you not want a T-shirt named "starfire explosion"?! This stunning project features a really basic bullseye technique that anyone can make. Customize the colors to your personal style!
Spiral tie dye is one of the best techniques because it looks so advanced but it's really very easy! Great for beginners, this technique is impressive and simple to accomplish.
If you're a sewist, you'll love this tie dye technique! Learn how to sew a design into the shirt to create a sort of "resist". When you take the stitches out after dying, you'll be left with an image!
Speaking of hearts, this is another way to create a beautiful heart design. Use two different colors and follow the instructions to create the central design.
This shirt reminds one of a basket of berries at a picnic! Celebrate the summer season with this berrylicious design.
If you're looking for a simpler look, this striped design is super easy to accomplish. Using a spray bottle, you can finish this project in no time!
Forget rubber banding and all the other hassle of certain tie dye techniques. Instead, simply draw your design using the tie dye bottle and finish this plaid pattern super efficiently.
There's nothing like a darling floral embellishment to dress up your tie dye tops! Learn how to dye your shirt and how to make the pink flowers to add to the finished project.
Create an awesome design in your tie dye tops using bleach! Use a darker shirt instead of a white one to start, and give it a cool design using bleach.
This gorgeous shirt features a new take on the swirl tie dye design! By adding black tie dye to the back of your swirl, you create these unique streaks that pull through the design for a really eye-catching look.
Keep it simple! You can create a tie dye project that just uses one color. Follow the bullseye technique to make this easy pattern.
This is a super cool design. By tie dyeing a black shirt instead of a white one, and by adding flecks of white paint, you can create this beautiful look!
Bleached tie dye can be so great for creating a vintage look! Not only will you learn how to create the fringed look of this shirt, but you'll lighten it up with bleach for a fun, Southwestern look.
Tie Dye Projects for the Home
Who says tie dye is just for clothing? These home decor crafts are all made using easy tie dye techniques and you won't believe what you can actually make. Beautiful curtains, pillows, frames, and more will help add a bright splash of color to any room in your home. Bring the colors of summer indoors for all to enjoy year round.
Camp in your backyard or set this awesome teepee up for a summer party! Kids will love playing in this teepee and it's an easy large-scale tie dye project to create.
Add tie dye to your tablescape with this project. The bright bursts will make your home feel cheery at summer parties.
This faux tie dye project is great if you're in a hurry and you want something a bit less messy than traditional tie dye. Get the look by using markers and water to make the colors spread.
There's something about tie dye that seems to fit well with bathroom decor, especially if you have kids. Brighten up the kids' bathroom with dyed shower curtains.
Tie dye is so wonderful for Patriotic holidays! Celebrate the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day with this picnic set.
You can tie dye crochet! Start by tie dyeing some plain white shirts and using them to make T Shirt yarn. Then crochet the heart design for this pillow. This would be lovely for your patio furniture!
Mix two crafting mediums and color in your embroidery projects with tie dye! Your embroidery will have new life when filled in with color!
Tie dye cotton fabric and use decoupage techniques to create tie dye picture frames! These are great for teens and the graduation style of this project is so much fun.
You can use tie dye on canvas! Open up a new array of possibilities for wall art when you use your tie dye on canvases that you can purchase at your local craft store.
Nothing says summer like beach towels and tie dye. Put them together to make a tie dye beach towel! There are no stakes here because even if you make a small mistake, you don't have to worry about ruining an outfit. A beach towel will still dry you off even if there's a brown smudge in the corner!
Isn't this pillow gorgeous? Add a bright accent to your patio furniture by learning how to create this floral design on a pillow. You'll use paint brushes to create this effect.
Tie dye a pillow and then give it a quilted look with stamps! This beautiful project is great for folks who love a quilted look but perhaps aren't advanced sewists yet. Merge the look of quilting with your favorite tie dye crafts with this project.
Stencils and iron on letters are your friends when it comes to this project. Start by tie dying a pillow, then add stenciled designs or iron on letters to take your project to the next level.
If you want to add some summery tea towels to your kitchen, make this cool project! These tea towels also make excellent gifts for summer birthdays or any occasion.
Purchase fake flowers at your local craft store and take them to the next level with these beautiful tie dye designs! Tie dye flowers would be fun for embellishing paper crafts or placing in a vase for your summer table.
Kids will love to have tie dye pillowcases on their beds! Work with the kids to make these pillowcases, and they'll love going to bed each night will pillowcase designs they made!
Get the look of shibori without the same level of effort that traditional indigo requires! These stunning napkins are made with permanent marker, and they're great for your summer table.
Are these not the coolest curtains you've seen lately? If you want to brighten up that living room, this is the way to do it. A sheer fabric still lets the light in, really brightening up that tie dye.
Apron Tie Dye Patterns
Great for grilling, cooking, cleaning, or crafting, these tie dye designs for aprons are sure to keep you nice and clean in style! Create a fun-looking apron that's unlike anything else. These make great gifts and housewarming presents.
Cook in style with your very own tie dyed apron! Turn a T-shirt into an apron by first tie dyeing the shirt and then cutting and sewing it into an apron shape.
Whether you're entertaining on a Friday night or simply want to celebrate the end of the week by cooking or baking, this apron project is the one for you!
You can make tie dye projects in camo colors! Dad can have a camo apron for summer grilling, and son can have an awesome new camo T-shirt. This would be a fantastic Father's Day project.
Use just the bottom half of a shirt to make this excellent apron. A color block marker creates the resist effect so you can draw the flower and write the words Spring Time. Finish this project with a wide black ribbon and basic sewing.
Dress and Skirt Tie Dye Patterns
Sundresses are so fun and comfortable to wear in the warm weather. Don't limit yourself to solid colored wearables, though - create your very own colorful and fun sundresses with these dress and skirt tie dye patterns. Great for adding a splash of color to your wardrobe, these projects are perfect for those hot summer days.
Why wear a boring skirt when you can wear a pretty ombre one? This easy skirt uses a dip dyeing technique to create the darker color at the bottom hem, and the flower is a lovely touch.
Take a tunic to the next level with tie dye! Add purple and black detailing to this tunic and wear with leggings for a fun springtime outfit.
This project is for taking your "dreary dress" to the next level! If you have a plain dress you don't love anymore, enjoy it again when you add some color!
This pretty project features the unexpected color combination of blue, yellow, and gray to make a striking new sundress! The white streaks where the dye doesn't soak through add interest to the project.
Use a fun cheetah print stencil to get the awesome effect in this project. Start by simply dyeing your white dress blue, and add the stenciled design for a fun going out outfit.
Your white cotton dress could be pretty in pink with this project! This is a relatively simply tie dye pattern featuring rings of white for an interesting effect.
This tie dye design is so pretty! You can dye your cotton lace dress with tie dye. Strategically add pink and yellow sections to the dress for a fun, vivid pattern. The floral embellishment is a lovely touch.
Tie Dye Shirts and Sweaters
Learn how to make a tie dye shirt or sweater that everyone will want to wear. Hoodies, cardigans, and formal tops can all blossom with color with these fun and easy patterns. Browse to find a style that suits you best and then get ready to reinvent your wardrobe!
This tutorial is a two for one! Learn how to make an edgy black and red plaid shirt and layer it with a dark hoodie for a masculine look.
This lovely shirt reminds a person of spring! Instead of throwing on that windbreaker, layer your outfit with this bright cardigan instead.
Use your favorite bubblegum color to tie dye this cute tank top! The bow is a lovely adornment and the drape of the top is very flattering.
Green is a flattering color on most people, and this cute green top is no exception! Update a plain white shirt with this pretty green color for spring outfits.
Get the look of lace when you tie dye this hoodie and bag! Lacy textures are so elegant. Elegance meets fun when it comes to lace tie dye!
Learn how to tie dye clothes to create an American flag design! This is great for kids and adults alike, and it would be so fun to wear these clothes on the 4th of July.
Any craft that can be done in ten minutes is appealing. Learn how to tie dye in no time with this easy shirt design. This style is different too than a traditional bullseye or spiral pattern.
One of our most popular tutorials on tie dye here at FaveCrafts, this tie dye hoodie tutorial features an informative video so you can follow along!
The combination of tie dye and stenciling in this project makes for an awesome and unique project! An Eiffel Tower stencil makes this project lovely for any Paris-loving friend!
You and your little girl can make a darling new tie dye shirt with a butterfly embellishment. Several different rubberbanding techniques are used for this project to create different tie dye designs. It's a great sampler to try different techniques!
Tie Dye Projects for Babies and Children
Take those simple white onesies to a whole new level with these adorable tie dye patterns and projects for babies and children. Kids will love showing off clothing that they made using the simple tie dye techniques you can find in this collection. Tie dye is also a great activity for kids birthday parties, youth groups, and family get-togethers. Have little ones bring their own white tee shirt and help them create a look all their own. Simply master the tie dye techniques needed for these projects and you'll be set.
Isn't this tie dye baby onesie so fun? You can find plain onesies at your local craft store, and this particular shirt is completed just using a basic spiral technique.
If your child got a white dress at her birthday party but she really loves purple, no problem! Grab that amethyst dye and she'll have a purple dress in no time.
Draw flowers with tie dye on a baby onesie for a darling springtime outfit. This precious project is so girly and cute for baby.
Baby may love mommy's pearls, and she can have her own set with this tie dye onesie. Dye the onesie pink and iron on the pearl iron on for a cute, chic little onesie.
With this darling outfit, you'll make your little girl a bandana, tunic, and pants. The tunic is completed using a bullseye technique centered at the side of the dress instead of in front.
Tie dye scarves with Kool-Aid and let your kids wear them as superhero capes! This is a great project for dress up or even as a Halloween costume idea.
By spreading dye at the bottom hem of the shirt and then dragging the color upwards with a paint brush, you can create an ombre effect like this one!
Follow this video tutorial to learn how to use bleach to dye a shirt. Brighten up a black sweatshirt simply by using bleach!
Use the crumple tie dye technique at the top and bottom of this baby onesie and a sports motif in the center for a fun project.
These bright tights are such a fun idea for a girl to wear to school. When friends ask where she got them, she can say she made them with mom's help!
Tie Dye Ideas for Accessories
From fun friendship bracelets to cute tie dye flip flops that can easily match your bathing suit, these tie dye instructions are great for kids and adults of all ages. You can use any techniques you'd like to create these patterns, from easy to advanced. Try out new and different tie dye techniques for fun and creative looks to your summer accessories.
That's right: add tie dye accessories to your hair with this tutorial! This video will teach you how to dye clip-on hair extensions for a fun look.
Dye white T-shirts and then cut them into strips to make this bracelet project! Take friendship bracelets to the next level by adding in tie dye elements.
Hand warmers are the best for keeping warm if you'll be outside for a while in winter. They're even great for tucking into your boots to keep your toes warm! Tie dye these hand warmers for a fun gift.
Tie dye strips of fabric and tie them around your flip flops to dress them up! This is a great project for birthday parties and summer camp.
These are the coolest socks! Buy some extra tall socks and tie dye them with the kids. These would be fun to wear under a gray cotton dress for a surprising pop of color!
Dog bandanas are such cute accessories. It's wonderful when the dog gets one from the groomer after being groomed! You can make a summer bandana for your pup with this fun tie dye project.
Tie dye ribbon for card making and other paper crafting embellishments! This video tutorial will teach you an easy way to dye strips of ribbon.
A person can never have too many scarves. They're so fashionable and make great accessories! Dress up an outfit for spring and summer by dyeing a scarf.
Give a plain white scarf an ombre effect with this tie dye tutorial. It's a beautiful vivid project and pairs great with a denim jacket.
If you love the convenience of infinity scarves, give this tutorial a whirl! They're so convenient and this tutorial is a really lovely one for tie dying your own.
Bags and Totes Tie Dye Patterns
These tie dye techniques for bags and totes are great projects for kids to work on with their friends. From fun sleepover totes to cute lunch bags, kids will love creating their own bags and totes and will want to show them off to their friends. These DIY tote bags are easy and fun, so they're great for beginners or groups of kids with a wide age range.
Send your kids to school with a stylish lunch tote! Who knew you could tie dye lunch totes? They'll be able to spot their own tote easily because it will be one of a kind.
Use the bullseye technique to make this sunburst tie dye bag! This is a lovely and vivid drawstring bag that kids can use in school.
Get the kids together and tie dye some bags! If your child is in the phase where boys have cooties, make sure the boys don't touch that bag when she clearly labels it "girl stuff."
This camo design is a fantastic project for boys and they can customize the bag by labeling it with their names!
Tie dye and stencils go together like peanut butter and jelly. Start by dyeing a bag with your favorite tie dye colors and add a cool owl stencil for a fun effect.
This is one of the easiest tie dye projects ever. If you love the look of color blocking and the imperfect edge you get from using tie dye, this is the project for you!
Tie dye meets painting with this cute tote! Add vivid earthy tie dye colors along with fun painted graphics and you'll have a lovely project for April 22.
Miscellaneous Tie Dye Designs
Check out this grouping of random yet awesome tie dye patterns. From beautiful paper flowers to Peep Pillows that are perfect for Easter, these tie dye project ideas are sure to inspire your creativity...and might even motivate you to try something new!
Create pillows that look like Peeps candy and give them a lovely dye job with this fun tutorial! This is a great project for spring and Easter decorating.
Did you know you can tie dye paper towels? You'd never know those it from this image! Watch the video tutorial to learn how you can use this interesting technique.
Above there is a tutorial for tie dyeing fake flowers, but did you know you can dye real ones, too? This project comes with a video tutorial so you can watch how to do it.
When you're dyeing eggs this year for Easter, consider also dyeing some eggs for Earth Day! Get the look of tie dye with basic food coloring for hard boiled eggs.
Make any gift you give extra special with these tie dye gift tags! Learn how to dye paper and attach these to any presents you give this year.
Tissue paper may be fragile, but you CAN tie dye it! Learn how to tie dye tissue paper and use it for your next paper craft project.
There's something about tie dye that just feels appropriate for beachwear! Learn how to make your own tie dye coverup with this tutorial.
In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie dye a beach towel using the bullseye technique. Kids will love helping out with this project and they can bring it with them to a pool party and tell their friends they made it themselves.
Tie dye shirts and then cut them into strips to make bracelets! This is a super easy bracelet project and you can use tie dye to make any colors you'd like.
People tie dye shirts all the time, but have you seen tie dye shorts before? Using a dip dyeing technique, you can make your own tie dye shorts for summer.
If you love watermelon designs, like prints on clothing or stationery, this is a fun tie dye project that looks like watermelon! It's a really easy look to achieve and so cute for summer.
Have you ever tried tie dyeing denim? You can give your old shorts a fun upgrade with this tie dye tutorial.
Socks are one of the best accessories to tie dye. It's so much fun to wear funny socks under any outfit, and a fun surprise if you're hanging out at someone's house and take your shoes off to reveal your funny socks.
Yes, you can tie dye shoes! Get a pair of plain white canvas shoes on the cheap and dress them up with your own unique style.
Vivid dish towels like these are great for hanging in your kitchen during the summer months! Brighten up your kitchen with these pretty dish towels and make a few for friends, too!
Don't take a boring plain tote to the grocery store for your produce! Instead, tie dye your tote bag for a more enjoyable shopping experience.
These are some of the prettiest tie dye beach towels I've seen! Use greens, blues, and purples for a cool color scheme.
A hammock just perfectly aligns with that carefree lifestyle that tie dye seems to represent! Tie dye a hammock for the ultimate summer experience.
This tie dye technique can be used on just about any piece of fabric! Learn a few great tips and tricks for achieving vibrant results.
The Best Tie Dye Fabric
Something important you should know about tie dye is what the best tie dye fabric is to use! Short answer: fabrics that take dyes the best are natural fabrics. Cotton is far and away the most common, but other natural fibers that work well include silk, hemp, and rayon.
Sometimes it can be challenging to find fabrics that are 100% made from natural fibers. You'll want to get as close to 100% as possible. A 90/10 ratio is fine blended with polester or lycra, but if the blend more like 50/50, the color may become faded.
Your standard tie dye will not work on synthetic fibers. This includes the thread of the tee shirt if the shirt is cotton but the thread is polyester! Your shirt will dye perfectly but the thread will remain white.
How to Finish Your Tie Dye Projects
When it comes to tie dye, you want to make sure your project lasts forever! Check out our articles on how to properly set your tie dye, ensure it won't fade, and wash it.
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