Tulip Tie Dye T-shirt Party!

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 Tie Dye your Summer!
  Tulip tie dye is the best dye!  
It's one step process makes it so easy to use!
Dyes are permanent and color-fast...so they wont fade in the wash!
 Tulip and Gilden sent me a big box of fun!
Huge packs of tie dye and 20 t-shirts!

Tulip One-Step dyes are amazing. 
Would you believe that I have never tie dyed before?
Raise your hand if you have NEVER tie dyed before...
 This was my first go at it...and you know what?  I love it and I am completely obsessed.
Just watch out...anything and everything that is white is soon to be tie dyed!
 Tie dying is a fun family activity!
Great for all ages too.  Some set up in advance, and even the 
littlest toddler could make their own shirt!
My 5 year old son is always super reluctant to do any type of "craft".
 He was hesitant to come and make a shirt...but 
he did a camouflage one and loved it!
It was his idea to make it army colors!
I think he did great!
We live far away from extended family.
This would be the funnest family reunion activity!
So I invited over a bunch of other families to come tie dye with us!
It's a great way to have neighbors over.
How to host a Tie Dye Party:

I had enough dye rated for "65 projects".
Because we did large child and large adult shirts it ended up making 40 shirts total.
(hopefully this helps when you are planning ahead for your party!)
 I wrapped the table with garbage bags, so the clean up would be easy.
I had a basket of already washed and wet t-shirts.
We used baking racks to keep the dye from pooling under the shirts...
Washable markers were used for tracing out shapes or patterns to follow.
I also had a large supply of latex gloves and plastic grocery bags for wrapping later.
(and we have a swimming pool...so we only had a couple kids
make shirts at a time while other activities were going on. 
This crowd control is essential!)
 Let's start with a rainbow!
I drew a curved line on the shirt with a washable marker...
 Then...wearing gloves, gather the shirt along that line...
so the blue marker line matches up in a straight line.
 Then use a zip tie to tie off that blue marker line.
This gathering will make the arch on the shirt...
 Now, just add zip ties down the shirt,
keeping the gathering the same as the first time.
 Until you have enough for the colors you want!
Place on top of your baking rack.
 Use the dye according to directions.
Squirt the colors you want on the shirt.
There will most likely be some bleeding...
 I added 2 shades of blue sky!
 See how excess dye can just pool up on the plastic table instead
 of turning your shirt into a muddy mess?...yes, do this!
 Next, take the shirt and wrap it in plastic.
I used plastic wrap...
You need to make sure the shirt isn't overlapping other
 colors or they will bleed together still.
I overlapped the blues...no big deal.
Then I put it in a grocery bag.
Wrap it carefully and let it sit for 6-8 hours.
We waited overnight.
 Take it out of the wrapping...and rinse in the sink.
I rinsed a few minutes...then remove the zip ties carefully with scissors.
Then continue to rinse until the water runs clear.
This is the BEST part!  You finally get to see how your shirt turned out!
(note: the shirt in the sink is not the rainbow shirt...
but you get the idea)
Then throw it in the washing machine and run a regular cycle.
I even used soap!
It will fade out a little...but as long as you use 100% cotton shirts,
you'll end up with this!
 It was a fun activity for all ages!
This would be great for summer camp shirts...girls camp, 
family reunions...birthday parties--you name it!
 And we used lots of dye!
All in all, we ended up making about 40 shirts!

Here's how to do some of the other fun patterns!

(same technique as the rainbow...fold shirt in half, draw half heart,
 scrunch the line so it all lines up...zip tie and dye!)

Target or bullseye!
(Just grab the shirt where you want the center of the target to be. 
Then zip tie it and repeat for as many rings as you want!)

(full explanation above)

Pie shaped swirl
(Grab the center of the shirt and twist it in a spiral until it's all wound up. 
Add a few rubber bands...color each "pie" section a different color)

Multiple Bullseye!
(Same as the target or bullseye, but smaller and in different spots on the shirt)

Messy Spiral!
(same start as the pie swirl above...but add some of each color in each section)

Here's the plans for the Halloween Tie Dye!


  1. How did you do the red, white and blue one that looks like a flag sorta?

  2. How do you do the Red White and blue one??? I agree with the personn above please help!

  3. I was wondering the same thing.

  4. If you click on the picture you will be redirected to a page with full instructions.

  5. Thank you so much! I'm new to tie dye and wondering if it would be complicated. After reading your blog post, I think I might actually be able to do it. Thanks again!

  6. On the patriotic one, how do you keep the color from bleeding on to the white sections?

  7. these are great so glad you showed this for i had not done these before and want to now i will ...thank you very much for showing this ...love it ...keep up the wonderful things you do with the kids this is great...


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