Cotton Tie Dye


Turn a plain cotton t-shirt into a fabulously bright and colorful tie-dye creation. You can have this ready to be worn in six easy steps. Have your kids help you out with this one. Make it a family crafting night. Find this project from I Love to Create and many more fabric dye projects in the free eBook for fabric dye inspiration and instruction, Fun with Fabric Dye.


  • Tulip® Dye Techniques Kit™
  • 100% cotton ¾ sleeve tee – white
  • Trash bags or plastic tablecloth




  1. Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener.
  2. Cover work surface with trash bags or plastic tablecloth. Lay damp fabric on prepared surface.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, add water to the Turquoise, Lime and Fuchsia dye bottles. Replace caps tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved.
  4. With the shirt lying flat on tabletop, squeeze Lime dye in an abstract flower petal design. Refer to photo.
  5. Squeeze the Turquoise dye onto shirt, bordering the Lime flower petal design. Repeat step with Fuchsia dye bordering the Turquoise portion.
  6. Cover fabric with trash bag or plastic tablecloth. Let sit 4-6 hours. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry.


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