Ever wondered how to Tie Dye Shapes into t-shirts? Who doesn’t love some bright tie dye? I made some easy outfits for Boo over the weekend with a few bright dye colors. I made one outfit with a peace sign and one outfit with a heart. You can find my peace sign tutorial here. There’s a heart shaped tutorial here.
How to Tie Dye Shapes:
First I laid out a sheet of plastic with my clothing ready to dye. You’ll want to protect the surface you are working on and the surrounding area. you’ll also use the plastic to keep the clothing damp as the dye sets in:
I soaked them in a bucket of water with some soda ash added. Once the clothing was thoroughly damp, I removed the items and wrung the clothing out so they wouldn’t drip:
Here’s my clothing all bunched up with rubber bands placed every few inches:
I added purple along the “heart” line making sure to soak it through (full tutorial here). I added it to the peace sign lines too just like in the peace sign tutorial.
I just tried to repeat the pattern of dye across all the clothing.
Here’s how the clothing looks with pink and purple dye added:
I carefully wrapped up the plastic cloth around the clothing and left it to sit overnight:
In the morning I cut off all my rubber bands and rinsed the clothing with cold water. But here’s how my heart turned out:
And the peace sign!
I made these two cute tie dyed outfits in about under an hour:
This is a great way to spruce up old t-shirts as well. Don’t forget…you can even use them to make up cycled clothing. Make sure to check out my Etsy shop for all the up cycled PDF patterns I’ve created!
Seriously Sassy Mama says
My girls would love this!
I was just starting to think about some heart tie-dye for valentines day. Rit has this heart shapped project on their site: http://www.ritdye.com/content/tie-dye-heart-pincushions but yours looks SO much easier! Thanks as always for being aweomse. 🙂
Gorgeous! And made with love, the best kind of clothing.
Beautiful…this will inspire Lillie to make it through 4 days of school this week;0) I am guessing a circle (for my man child) would be done the same way? Thanks Ashley! This is beautiful;0)
My kids always love tie dying days! At least once a summer we spend an entire day outside transforming every solid color item we can find into a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing this technique!
The peace sign tutorial last year was one of my favorites you have done. The heart is perfect in time for valentines day! Thanks Ashley!
Very cool! I love the colours! I seriously have to save up for the huge order I will place one day with dharma trading….
If only my daughter needed more clothes.
I see this tutorial and I am right back in my yard, circa “1968” tie dyeing T-shirts for everybody! LOL
Really beautiful ! Such gorgeous colors. Dharma order going in !
I love the finished product but I swear it looks like there are faces in those tie die areas! You couldn’t have done that if you tried! And I am so glad you still have hair! Makes all the difference, doesn’t it!!
Girl, you are so talented!
Kinda Random but do you know about thermofax machines for making a screenprint?? Cool ? Not cool? Do they work? Worth ordering a print from someone if you feel totally intimidated by the whole thing?? You are my crafting guru by the way!
Beth Morrow says
Love this but want to do it this week while my granddaughter is visiting…can I get the soda ash at HL or at Michaels, or anywhere else? Adorable!
Vanessa Jubis says
Ohh!!!! I LOVE this!! My girls are always asking me to do ‘cool’ shapes for them! Thank you so much! 😉
Can’t wait to go and try this fun craft! 😮
Tie Dyed Shop says
Very nice pictorial of the process.
Michael at Blue Velvet Chair says
Love the colors!
oh so cute!!
Beth Morrow says
I did it and it worked….SO EXCITED…shirts are in the washer now…going to try to add a square skirt to them and whatever…will send you a picture prob to FB (because I know how to do that). Ok…hope you r having a good day!
Beth Morrow says
Update …my small sizes did great…my larger size…not so much. So, since I figure things outnin my sleep, I saw myself running a basting stitch with embrodery floss along the shape line…do you think that would hold the shape better?
They really turned out cute…pink shirt with red dye hearts!
Hope you got back to sleep after the broccoli last night and have had a good day.