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How to make a tie-dye t-shirt

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Here’s a great craft idea for you and the kids to do together,
It’s fun, easy and great to do outdoors in this lovely weather!
Take a look at our simple step by step guide,
Once complete, let us know what tie-dye patterns you tried!

What you will need:

Fabric dye
Rubber bands
Rubber gloves and apron
Clean white cotton t-shirt
Two large buckets

How to tie-dye your t-shirt:

  1. Begin by covering all your work surfaces with plenty of newspaper or something similar as the process can be a bit messy! Make sure you and your little ones were an apron and gloves too.
  2. Next, take your plain white-shirt and bind sections of the t-shirt tightly using rubber bands. These areas won’t be dyed and will create the rings/starburst patterns!
  3.  Now, it’s time to prepare the dye. Do this according to the packet instructions. I have popped some links below to some great tye-dye kits available online.

Tie-Dye Ste of 18 Kit Amazon £23.50 – Buy here!


This set contains 18 bottles of dye, 12 protective gloves, 90 rubber bands, 1 reusable surface cover and 1 instruction sheet.

Tie-Dye Kit 5 Colours Amazon £11.99 – Buy here!

The kit includes 5 bottles containing dye, 8 protective gloves, 40 rubber bands, and a full-colour instruction guide.

FabLab DESIGNER Tie-Dye Kit ebay £9.99 – Buy here!

The Kit contains 4 dyes in applicator bottles, rubber bands and PVC lab gloves.

4. Next, fill a large bucket with hot water and dunk your t-shirt in! Make sure to wring out excess water.

5. Then, plunge the wet t-shirt into the bucket containing the dye and stir regularly using a long spoon for 10-30 minutes. How long you do it for will depend on how dark you want the colour of your tie-dye.

6. Once you’re happy with the colour, remove the t-shirt, rinse under warm then cool water until the liquid from your t-shirt runs clear. Once it has, lay your top flat to dry.

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