Tie n dye t-shirt: Tutorial

Cub wanted to tie n dye a tee shirt for herself but I was a bit skeptical for her to use traditional methods which use boiling of dyes. Hence, we both tried tie n dye with acrylic paints.

Materials used:

  1. White (or any light shaded) tee shirt
  2. Acrylic paints, brush and palette
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Water (to dip the t-shirt initially and also for the paints and brush)
  5. Water tumbler
  6. Old plastic sheet to cover the working space


First dip the tee shirt into the water and wring it dry. This will help in gripping the paints when applied. Once done, lay it flat on the plastic sheet that you have used to cover the working space. Now, pinch the t-shirt with from the center and swirl it as shown in the picture no. 2.Β  Complete the swirl and it will look like a flat pan cake (picture no. 3). Now, apply rubber bands to hold this swirl in place (Picture no. 4). Also, these rubber bands would not allow the colour to be taken on the fabricΒ  (i.e. it will resist the colour). once done, apply acrylic colours (a little runny so that it will be soaked up by the fabric). Use whichever shades you like, we have used the primary colours. Once done, let the pan-cake to dry for a few hours. Remove the rubber band and see how the pattern has come out.

And this is how it turned out. πŸ™‚ More brighter colours would have been better, I guess. But cub was happy with even this. πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. Ciao till the next post. Take care and be safe πŸ™‚




Tie and dye -1

I was having this wonderful friend over from Mumbai and I thought of gifting her something handmade.

So this is what I made for her. Hope you guys like it…

And what do you say about these dangles? πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚

I wish I had made a turtorial out of this but I forgot. May be nest time…