The Different Ways to Tie-Dye


Tie-dyeing is a craft project that is enjoyed by people of all ages. Tie-dye can be done on any natural fiber fabric clothes and accessories, but the T-shirt is one of the more popular pieces to dye. Depending on the way the fabric is folded, you can create different tie-dye patterns. You can try the different folding patterns to see which design is your favorite.

Spiral Pattern

  • Perhaps one of the most popular and common tie-dye design is the spiral pattern. Spray your shirt with some water in a spray bottle. Starting from the middle of the shirt, pinch the fabric and twist it clockwise in a spiral pattern. Twist until the entire shirt is in the spiral. It should look like a round disc. Place rubber bands loosely around the disc, trying to keep the shirt flat. Have the rubber bands intersect in the center. Immerse the disc in a bowl of your dye choice or squirt sections of the disc with dye.


  • Roll your shirt from either side to side or top to bottom. Place rubber bands around the rolled fabric. You can place as many as you want. The more bands you have, the thinner the stripes. Each stripe can be a different color if you wish. Saturate each section in the color dye that you want.


  • Dampen your shirt again with some water. Fold the shirt in half lengthwise. Match the sleeves and sides together. Find the center of the shirt along the fold and twist it into a spiral. Try to keep the shirt flat to the surface. Secure the shirt with rubber bands on the outside to hold the shirt. Unlike the spiral pattern, do not intersect the rubber bands in the center. Dye the sections of your shirt with alternating colors.


  • Lay your shirt flat. Choose where you wish to have your circle pattern begin and pull it up. The shirt will drape down. Wrap a rubber band onto the shirt, an inch from the tip that you pulled up. Add a second rubber band an inch from the first and repeat this two more times. Saturate the sections with your dye choice, being careful not to dye the next banded section. You can use multiple colors or just one.

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