Patriotic Stripes Tie Dye Shirt!

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 Patriotic Stripes Tie Dye Shirt!
Check out this updated post with video tutorial here.
Summertime is the best time of year for tie dye.  This flag inspired shirt is great for Independence day, parades, backyard bbq's and fireworks!
I received free products in exchange for this tutorial.
 Since I posted my Tie Dye Party tutorial last summer,
I've had tons of requests for the "flag" shirt!

Check out this updated post with VIDEO here.

It's super simple and can be done a couple ways...see above shirt and below.
Decide if you want the "burst" to come from the shoulder, below
or from the bottom hem, above.
 You will need:

 100% cotton white T-Shirt, like this Gildan one,
 washed warm and wet.

Tulip One Step Tie Dye in Blue and Red, 
mixed according to package directions.

 Zip ties (could use elastics, but I trust zip ties much more)
Gather in a diagonal like from the edge you want to start on.
Here I am starting at the shoulder...if you want to start at the bottom, just start at the bottom corner.
 Gather it all into one tight line
 Zip tie the first tie about 4 inches or so from the shoulder edge,
 then every 2 inches until the end.
 Just like this.
Now the big section by the shoulder/collar is blue.
Then alternate RED and leave white for the rest of the sections.
 Wear gloves, work over plastic on a drying rack.
Gently squeeze out the dye in each zip tied section of the shirt.
(This is a picture to show the process, not the actual shirt)
 I like to lay out a garbage bag and then use a baking rack...this will
keep the dye from puddling and running together underneath.
 Wrap it in a grocery bag and place in warm area for 6-8 hours.
Then remove from bag and rinse out with warm water.
Rinse, ring, rinse, ring, rinse, etc...
Then clip off the zip ties carefully.
Rinse and ring until the water runs clear.
Then throw it in the washing machine with soap and everything.
Dry and wear!
  Great way to sport the stars and stripes!
Look close at the wrinkle lines on the shirts below and that
will give you a better idea of how to gather them.

Pinch off on the bottom right corner of the shirt and work
your way back to the left sleeve for this one:
 Or start on the sleeve and work your way to the bottom right corner of the shirt.
Just that wrapping/tying difference will give your shirt a different effect!
 Check out my other Tie Dye posts!

Captain America Tie Dye Shirt

Tie Dye Party!

Halloween themed Tie Dye!

Galaxy Scarf!

This post published on Doodlecraft first 


  1. When I rinsed, the red bled on the white making my stripes red and pink.

  2. I would probably add vinegar to the water to rinse the shirt the first time. The vinegar will "set" the color into the fabric.

  3. There's a type of dye called Tumble Dye that is super easy to work with. My extended family is doing this for our reunion on the 4th!

  4. Ok I just did this on a 3T shirt and it’s adorable but my red ran a little bit and turned yellow. So it’s blue, red and yellow tie dye. Anyone know how to avoid that?


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