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Tie Dye Techniques

Today I’m sharing all my favorite tie dye techniques in one place!!

From the classic spiral tie dye to a more intricate bleach tie dye, I’m gathering up all my tie dyeing patterns and tutorials for you and putting them in one place!  

I’ve used these tie dye techniques to make tons of fun and unique items.  From hoodies to masks, anything that can be dyed, we’ve probably tried it.

We like tie dyeing so much around here, that my daughter has started an Etsy shop to sell her creations!    

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Before You Use These Tie Dye Techniques

Before you try any of these tie dye techniques, there are a few general rules you should know.  

Tie Dye Is Permanent

The process of tie dyeing anything can be messy. 

Always be sure to wear old clothes when working with tie dye. 

Also be sure to work in spaces that can be easily cleaned up if you spill any of they dye. 

Outside is always a great choice!

Some Tie Dye Techniques Are Easier Than Others

All of the tie dyeing patterns tutorials listed below have full instructions to make the process as simple as possible, but keep in mind that some tie dye techniques are easier than others.  

If your first piece doesn’t come out exactly the way your pictured it, don’t be afraid to try again or even try a different technique until you get the hang of using tie dye. 

Use A Quality Dye

I’ve seen many people try to make tie dye out of other things like Kool Aid or paint.  

While it might be a fun experiment, you’ll never get the true look of a tie dye by using other materials.  

You should also be wary of bargain kits.  I’ve seen tie dye materials at my local dollar store lately, so I picked one up.  

While the kit did technically work, I didn’t get the desired result of the bright, vibrant colors I’ve gotten with more expensive kits.  

I guess you get what you pay for.

I have never had bad luck with Tulip brand tie dye kits.  

They come with everything you need for a great tie dyeing project, including gloves and rubber bands.

There are printable instructions for each of these tie dyeing patterns at the bottom of each post, but they’re really just the absolute basics meant to refresh your memory. 

You’ll want to read the whole post first to get all the important tips and tricks to get these project right the first time!

If you have questions about any of these techniques, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!


While these projects aren't technically tie dye, they do use similar methods to create fun, one-of-a-kind shirts that you will surely love!

The same rules apply about working in a safe space and wearing old clothes for these projects.

With all these tie dye techniques, you’re sure to find one that suits the project you want to make!  

I’d love to hear all about how these projects work out for you.  Leave your results in the comments!

Tie Dye Techniques