Tie Dyeing Folding Techniques

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Have T-shirts that are dye-ing for a makeover? Experiment with scrap cardboard, rubber bands and wood craft sticks to elevate your tie dyeing projects with these easy folding and tying methods.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber bands 
  • Cardboard 
  • Scissors
  • Wood craft sticks 
  • Cotton T-shirts or fabric for dyeing 

Create a Spiral Pattern

Pinch fabric in the center and twist clockwise, creating a tight spiral. Continue twisting until you've created a tight bundle and secure with rubber bands. Dye to create a vortex of color!

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Create Horizontal and Vertical Stripes

Fold your fabric neatly in an accordion fold and secure with rubber bands to create vertical stripe sections.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Roll your accordion fold into a cinnamon bun shape and secure. Create bold horizontal stripes by dyeing each side of the rubber band separately.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Create Polka Dots

Pinch small sections in neat rows and secure tightly with rubber bands. Isolate these sections while dyeing to create contrasting polka dots.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Create Geometric Shapes

Fold your fabric into squares and triangles and sandwich between two pieces of cardboard. Secure tightly with rubber bands--the distributed pressure will keep dye from penetrating beyond the exposed edges of the fabric.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

The same technique can be used with wood craft sticks to create stripes.

(Image: Lindsey Crafter)
(Image: Lindsey Crafter)

Have ideas for fun tie dye projects ? Have questions about dyes or color combinations? Leave them in the comments below!

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

Check It Out

DIY Wood Transfer Christmas Ornaments

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!