How to Tie Dye


So a few days ago I attempted tie dying for the first time ever, I kind of expected a disaster but I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out.

I filmed the process if you’d like to have a look, or if you’d rather read the step by step instructions then scroll down.

What you’ll need:
  • Dye – I used Dylon hand dyes and would recommend these. You can use as many as you like, I went for three.
  • Salt.
  • Bags or newspaper to limit the mess.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Squeezy bottles.
  • Rubber bands.



1. Set up your area and get everything out that you’ll need.

2. Make up your dyes according to the instructions on the back of the packet and then put the dyes into your squeezy bottles.


3. You’ll need your fabric to be damp, so give it a quick wash under the tap and wring it out.

4. To create your spiral pattern you’ll need to pinch your tshirt in the centre and then start twisting (see the video above for a demonstration) until all the fabric has been gathered.

5. Wrap elastic bands around your tshirt to secure.

6. Now you can start pouring on your dyes. There are no rules here, just go for it really! Make sure you do both sides.

7. Leave overnight.

8. The next morning you’ll need to remove the elastic bands and rinse the tshirt until the water runs clear. Leave to dry and that’s it!

Here’s the finished result:

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Have you ever tried tie dying?

Thanks for reading.

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  1. July 18, 2016 / 8:45 am

    We actually have tie dying on our bucket list to do over the summer….I will be using these instructions when we do. The t-shirts look fab 😀 x

    • Emma
      July 18, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thank you. I hope you have fun doing it 🙂 x

  2. July 18, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Nice one. Could certainly brighten up a faded old T-shirt or something. #bigpinklink

    • Emma
      July 18, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Definitely! x

  3. July 18, 2016 / 10:29 am

    These look utterly fab. I remember doing it as a child and I think we’d gather up little sections of the fabric and wrap the band around. I feel a spot of tie dying coming on!!! Thanks for being a #bigpinklinker

    • Emma
      July 18, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      I never did it as a kid although I do remember it being all the rage at the time. I think there’s different ways of doing it but I just went for the spiral pattern x

  4. July 18, 2016 / 10:49 am

    These look fab and I now want to try to make them! I will be using your video to help. However, I have a feeling that ours won’t look as lovely as yours #bigpinklink

    • Emma
      July 18, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      If I can do it, anyone can! x

  5. July 18, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    This is brilliant Emma, thank you !!! Something I have always wanted to do 🙂

    • Emma
      July 18, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks Lynne, it’s so easy to do x

  6. July 18, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    We’ve always wanted to know how to do this! Thanks for the tips, might try it out now with one of my old t-shirts! 🙂 #bigpinklink

    • Emma
      July 19, 2016 / 7:52 am

      Give it a try, it’s really easy to do 🙂

  7. July 19, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    It’s been a long time since I tie dyed something. From what I can see it looks like its now an easier process than it was in the past.#MarvMondays

    • Emma
      July 20, 2016 / 7:07 am

      It’s much easier than I expected it to be x

  8. July 20, 2016 / 7:12 am

    I’ve used tie die at school before but they never turned out that good. Great video too! #BloggerClubUK

    • Emma
      July 21, 2016 / 8:55 am

      Thank you 🙂

  9. July 20, 2016 / 8:43 am

    They look fab, and the video is great – subscribed to your channel 🙂

    • Emma
      July 21, 2016 / 8:57 am

      Thank you 🙂

  10. Nige
    July 20, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    I remember doing this school it loads of fun great result #bloggerclubuk

    • Emma
      July 21, 2016 / 8:54 am

      Thank you x

  11. July 23, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I’ve never tried tie dying either, but always wanted to give it a go! This might be a fun activity with the little one over the summer hols 🙂 I love how yours turned out! Thanks for sharing this post on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • Emma
      July 24, 2016 / 9:54 am

      It would be great to do with the kids, I think I’m going to give it another go 🙂 x

  12. July 26, 2016 / 11:31 am

    These look great!

    • Emma
      July 27, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you 🙂