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Tie Dye T-Shirt Techniques and Patterns

10 Vibrant Tie Dye Patterns

Hello there! My name is Stephanie Lynn from ByStephanieLynn.com and I’m pretty excited to be guest posting on The Glue String today.

Whether you have been tie dying for decades or are trying it for the first time, the whole tie dye experience is one crafting activity that never gets old.

Creating unique patterns and colorful designs is a lot easier than you may think, making it a perfect activity that can be enjoyed by all. Today I’m going to show you how to make the following tie dye patterns:

10 Vibrant Tie Dye Patterns

Pictured from left to right: Accordion Rectangle, Accordion Galaxy, Horizontal Stripe, Tube Scrunch, Center Stripe, Bold Vertical Stripe, Inverted V, Center Knot, Accordion Block and a classic Spiral.

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While there really are no rules when it comes to tie dying, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity today to share a few tips and designs as we celebrate National Tie Dye Day on April 22.

10 Vibrant Tie Dye Patterns

All of the designs in this post were created on White Gildan® 100% cotton T-Shirts.

The dyes used for the Tie Dye Techniques below are Tulip® One Step Dyes. All of the colors are conveniently included in the Tulip® One-Step Color Tie-Dye Kit® found at Michaels. The colors are also available individually.

A few Maker tips to keep in mind before you begin:

  • Plan on dedicating some time to folding the fabric. The ‘folds’ are one of the main components in creating unique tie dye patterns, as it prevents the dye from reaching certain areas – which in return, create resists.
  • Each fold made will create a line in the final pattern. Narrow folds will create a smaller pattern and wider folds will create larger patterns.
  • Crumbling, scrunching or twisting the fabric will create more organic-like patterns and spirals. Creasing and folding the fabric will create geometric-type patterns and stripes.
  • When securing the fabric, make sure the rubber bands are really tight. This will not only will hold the fabric together, but will help prevent the die from seeping through the folds, creating crisp resists.
  • The other main component of creating unique tie dye designs is choosing the right colors. Many of the designs below were created using just one color of dye. Using one color will create an ombre or gradient effect as the dye seeps through the fabric.

Tie Dye Mixing Chart for Colors

  • Different color dyes applied close to each other will bleed together and create a ‘new’ color.
  • When combining colors, stick with the primary basics.
  • Avoid combining secondary colors – like orange and green, green and purple, & purple and orange – which will result in muddy brown hues.

How to Make an Accordion Fold

For reference: The term ‘accordion fold‘ is used in several of the techniques below. This simply means folding the fabric in a zig-zag pattern, creating a series of pleats, as shown above.

1. Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Technique

Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, aligning the sleeves.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 inches.
  • Secure the folds with five evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Red dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to every other rubber-banded section. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a gradient effect, as shown above.

Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Results

Accordion Rectangle Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye an Accordion Rectangle Pattern

2. Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Technique

Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold in each sleeve of the shirt.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 inches.
  • Secure the folds with three evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Orange Dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to the fabric surrounding each rubber band. As the dye processes it will seep through the fabric and create the gradient effect, as shown above.

Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Results

Accordion Galaxy Tie Dye Pattern How to make a Tie Dye Accordion Galaxy Pattern

3. Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Technique

Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 3 inches.
  • At this point you will have a long strip of folded fabric.
  • Fold the strip in half.
  • Secure the folds with three rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Lime Dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to the outer edges of the fabric, completely saturating the ends.

Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Results

Horizontal Stripe Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Horizontal Stripe Pattern

4. Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Technique

Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise.
  • Fold in the sleeves of the shirt.
  • Starting at the bottom hem, roll the fabric around a tube – we used a paper towel roll.
  • Tightly scrunch both ends of the fabric toward the center.
  • Secure with rubber bands.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Rotate the tube and continue applying the dye until the fabric is completely saturated.

Tulip® One Step Green Dye was used for this particular design.

Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Results

Tube Scrunch Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Tube Scrunch Pattern

5. Center Stripe Tie Dye Technique

Center Stripe Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Starting right under the arms, accordion fold the center of the t-shirt, lengthwise. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 inches.
  • Secure the center section with four evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Loosely fluff open each end.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Green Dye and Tulip® One Step Turquoise Dye were used for this particular design. The turquoise dye was applied to the ends, completely saturating the fabric, up to the first set of rubber bands. The green dye was then applied to the center section – completely saturating the fabric, up to the inner rubber bands. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a blended effect, as shown above.

Center Stripe Tie Dye Results

Center Stripe Tie Dye Patten How to Tie Dye a Center Stripe

6. Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Technique

Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom hem up. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 3 inches.
  • Secure the folds with four rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Green Dye and Tulip® One Step Black Dye were used for this particular design. The black dye was generously applied to the ends, completely saturating the fabric, up to the first set of rubber bands. The green dye was then generously applied to the center section – completely saturating the fabric, up to the inner rubber bands. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a blended effect, as shown above.

Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Results

Bold Vertical Stripe Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Bold Center Stripe Pattern

7. Inverted V Tie Dye Technique

Inverted V Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, aligning the sleeves.
  • Accordion fold the t-shirt from the bottom, on a diagonal. This fold can be as wide as you like – ours was about 2 1/2 inches. At this point you will have a long strip of folded fabric.
  • Fold the strip in half.
  • Secure the folds with five evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Navy Dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to every other rubber-banded section. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a gradient effect, as shown above.

Inverted V Tie Dye Results

How to Tie Dye An Inverted V Inverted V Tie Dye Pattern

8. Center Knot Tie Dye Technique

Center Knot Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise.
  • Gather the fabric at each end and tie a knot in the center.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Rotate the tube and continue applying the dye until the fabric is completely saturated.

Tulip® One Step Purple Dye was used for this particular design.

Center Knot Tie Dye Results

How to Tie Dye a Center Knot Pattern Center Knot Tie Dye Pattern

9. Accordion Block Tie Dye Technique

Accordion Block Tie Dye Design

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, aligning the sleeves.
  • Fold in the sleeves then fold the t-shirt in half, lengthwise, again.
    At this point you will have a somewhat long strip of fabric.
  • Fold the bottom edge of the fabric up, creating a block shape.
  • Using that block shape as a guide, repeat an accordion fold until you are left with a single ‘block’ of fabric, as shown above.
  • Secure the folds with five evenly-spaced rubber bands, as shown above.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat the dye on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Violet dye was used for this particular design. The dye was generously applied to the outer edges only, leaving the center untouched. As the dye processes it will bleed into the sections left white, creating a gradient effect, as shown above.

Accordion Block Tie Dye Results

Accordion Block Tye Dye Pattern How to Make a Tie Dye Accordion Block Pattern

10. Spiral Tie Dye Technique

Spiral Tie Dye Technique

  • Lay the t-shirt flat.
  • Pinch the fabric in the center of the shirt.
  • Begin twisting the fabric in a circular motion and continue until all of the fabric is in a spiral shape.
  • Tightly secure the spiral rubber bands.
  • Apply the dye to the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric over and repeat on the backside.

Tulip® One Step Black Dye was used for this particular design.

Spiral Tie Dye Results

Spiral Tie Dye Pattern How to Tie Dye a Spiral Pattern

Once dyed, each shirt was placed in a plastic bag, sealed, and left to process for 24 – 26 hours.

Rinsing Out Tie Dye Shirts

Once the shirts have processed it’s time to rinse them out!

  • Simply remove the shirt from the bag and run under cold water in a sink.
  • With the water running, gently squeeze the fabric to release as much of the dye as possible.
  • Flip the fabric over and continue rinsing, until the water just about runs clear.

How to Rinse Out Tie Dye

Lay the t-shirt on a protective surface and remove the rubber bands.

A pair of scissors comes in handy to carefully cut any bands that are tightly secured.

Processing Tie Dye Shirts

Place the fabric back under the cold running water and continue to rinse – unfolding the fabric as you go.

The fabric should be rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear of any dye.

From the sink, we always like to hang our wet fabric outside to completely dry prior to washing.

Tie Dye T-Short Folding Techniques

Interested in trying out tie dying yourself? Head to your local Michaels this Saturday, April 22nd from 1:00 – 3:00pm (your local standard time) for their MAKEbreak Tie Dye Event. You provide the t-shirt and Michaels will provide the rest of the supplies for FREE! You can bring the entire family and even making matching shirts!

For more Tie Dye inspiration and ideas be sure to check out last year’s Tie Dye Party. Thanks for letting me share. Happy Tie Dying!

Stephanie Lynn
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Aunt Peaches Planner

I Tried a Planner for a Week and…

This guest post is brought to you by Amanda Evanston, a painter and maker from Chicago. She blogs at auntpeaches.com.

There are two kinds of people in this world; people who write things down, and people who write things down on napkins. I fall in the second category. Sometimes I run out of napkins and it ends up on my hand or the back of a receipt. One time I wrote down important tax information on tissue with lip liner, and then blew my nose in it. It’s a problem.

People make fun of me for it. I have a friend, let’s say her name is Theresa (it actually is Theresa but I’m spelling it different to respect her privacy – am I a good friend or what?), and every time I see her she finds an opportunity to rub her superior organization skills in my face. She’s always pulling out her leather bound book of magic. This thing. I’m telling you, it is like her third hand. It started as a calendar, I think, but she guards it like a child, carrying it with her everywhere, consulting it before meals, even buying it outfits. Stickers. Ribbons. Miniature markers from Tokyo. This strikes me as excessive, but you know who is never late? Theresa. You know who always has a stocked pantry, clean laundry, and a seasonal wreath on her front door? Theresa. You know who has sent me a birthday card every year since we met? Theresa. Why? Because she keeps a stack of cards right there in that leather bound book of magic of hers, along with a pocket full of stamps, return address stickers, and two different colored pens, and everything else on the planet she doesn’t want to forget. Because that is what planner people do. They are diabolical. AND I WANT TO BE IN THE CLUB SO BAD!

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Day planners have reached near-cult status in the last couple of years, and I have been outside looking in the window, standing in a pile of crumpled and inked up paper napkins. So when Michaels asked me if I wanted to try a week with one of their most popular planners, I said “Let me at it!”

We are looking at the Create 365 “The Happy Life” 18 Month planner. First of all, it’s a honker. Second of all, if it’s anything in a word, the word would be flexible. It wants you to customize it on every level. Lots to cover here but in comparing it to the others on the shelf, this one had three major selling points that tugged on my purse strings.

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1. Disc Binding

You can add and remove pages, or move them around however you want. Want to put March in front of February – go for it. I don’t need all the daily pages of the last three months – so they got yanked out. I also don’t need daily pages for more than 6 months from now – so they got yanked too. Boom. Now the book weighs half as much. Much more purse-friendly. Now you have room to add stuff (we’ll get to that later) or keep it slim and seasonal. Your call.
Granted, the same could be done with traditional clamp ring binders, but if you have ever accidentally sat or stepped on those things, you know they are temperamental – if one ring goes slightly off track, the diagnosis is terminal; it’s only a matter of time until you buy another, or quit using it altogether. Spiral bound ring binders are even worse. You can’t add or subtract pages, and stuff gets caught in the spiral. I was using a spiral bound calendar for a while there a few years ago, but then one day at the grocery store I had to get to my wallet and yanked it out my purse and you know what yanked up in it? A dirty sock. It was mortifying. It just flung up in to the air and landed on the scanner, then they had to clean wipe the thing off with Windex while I watched in horror and disgrace holding my dirty sock. (I know what you are thinking, and yes, it’s a long story, but I switched socks earlier because sometimes that happens, then it got caught up in the spiral at the bottom of my purse, then it got flung out, then it got handed back to me by the clerk with pinched fingers and a look of disgust. Not that I blame him. I blame the spiral. Never again! ) Create 365 Happy Planner

2. There isn’t Too Much Muchness

And by that I mean, in addition to the monthly overview, each spread is a week and there’s plenty of room devoted to each day, but not every day has page with times and itemized lists. I don’t know about you, but I’m not that exciting. I don’t need to look at a book full of near-empty pages. And anyway, anything time specific goes in my phone with an alarm attached, which is handy, however, it does not allow me an overview of my week – a hard copy planner is perfect for this. You can see the big stuff and small stuff at once, break down benchmarks, etc.. For someone like me who is self-employed, most of my goal setting is on a weekly basis, so this is ideal. I suspect some people work in daily or monthly rhythms instead. Knowing how you are naturally wired is key to getting a planner that works for you (and doesn’t just look cute) (but let’s face it, looking cute is key too!). After a week of using it as a functional planner, my spread looks occupied, but not dysfunctional. Some folks like their planners to look like ten pounds of sugar in an eight pound bag. I’m okay with what I have. A year from now, come back and let’s see if I mix it up a bit more.

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Bonus track: The space allotted for each day is around 3”x 8”, which, if you are really on top of it, also doubles a swatch space for adding photos, keepsakes, and or special memories of each day as it passes, turning it into more of a retrospective journal or a scrapbook than a forward facing planner. It does double duty. Nice!

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3. Monthly Highlights

I have not seen this in other planners. It’s an open block for birthdays, important dates, rememberings, and a list called Currently. That last one is the one that grabs me because it will make me list what I’m reading, planning, watching, eating, drinking, listening, celebrating…etc. Granted, I drink things every day, but do I have a signature beverage this month? Maybe I do and I don’t know it? Or maybe I need to get one? Would that be hard? No. Would it feel special to switch to a new one next month? Umm, yes! Now THAT is goal setting I can handle.

Same with other stuff like music and tv shows etc. We all move in seasons and cycles of these things all by ourselves, but there is something oddly compelling about improving the intake when you know you’ll be putting them into a list. I have had the same book on my bedside table for months, but if I knew I’d be listing it twice, I’d probably hurry up and finish reading it. Lists are powerful like that.

Also, if your quality of life is determined by how you spend your days, then it is small, daily shifts that add up to big changes. So, I like this. I’ve got this! I mean, the cover of the book literally says YOU GOT THIS! and it might even be right!

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4. Accessories

Now let’s talk about accessories. I love any kind of accessory, but paper accessories? This is my jam. Michaels carried over 100 accessory items in this aisle, but I decided to start slow with a handful of item-specific sticky notes and some washi tape. The Create 365 line has a bunch of pre-punched add-ons; double-sided pocket folders, dividers, journaling prompts, loose leaf paper, inspirational quotes and inserts. I thought these would come in handy…

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It’s a pre-punched stack of lined paper, 40 sheets, the front divided in half with a long list of check-off boxes on the left, and an hourly list on the right, with a box titled “Grateful For” on the bottom. I don’t need a calendar like this for every day, but there are certain days or specific projects where this format is perfect – having it as an occasion add-in is crazy helpful. Plus the back is titled “Brain Dump” which sort of inspires an opportunity to say/think/write whatever you want. I don’t care how organized you are; everyone needs a mental junk drawer. And the fact that the planner invites these moments of organized chaos and layers them in-between clean design and pretty graphics makes me that much more anxious to use it. A good sign if ever there was one!

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I’m only a week in to the journey, but it’s feeling pretty swell so far. Will this be my official segue into the day planner club? Only time will tell, but I am excited to find out!

 

Michaels Makers Teacher Appreciation

Michaels Makers Teacher Appreciation Challenge

Teacher Appreciation Week starts May 1st! Make your child’s teacher something from the heart to show them how much you appreciate all that they do.

We challenged a few of our Michaels Makers to create simple DIY Teacher Appreciation gifts that you can MAKE in just a few easy steps! Check them all out below:

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You can find everything you need for DIY Teacher gifts at Michaels! What are you making for your kid’s teachers this year? Share it with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

Michaels Makers Mother's Day Challenge

Michaels Makers DIY Mother’s Day Challenge

Whether she passed on her creative passion to you or cheered you on through your own artistic endeavors, Moms will always hold a dear place in our hearts.

This year, we challenged our Michaels Makers to pay homage to motherhood with quick and easy DIY projects that you can make for your own Mom, or suggest as a subtle hint for a gift you’d like to receive yourself. Get inspired below:

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Michaels has tons of gift ideas and everything you need to MAKE Mom’s day. What are you making for your Mom? Share it with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

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Gallery Walls We Love

Gallery walls are definitely having a moment. We’re seeing them all over Pinterest and in magazines as one of the hottest design trends in home décor. While the thought of carefully curating the perfect gallery wall can seem daunting, it’s really quite simple! Michaels has 4 exclusive and uniquely designed Gallery Wall Collections with endless possibilities to fill a blank wall and we make it easy as 1-2-3!

A few of our Michaels Makers used our exclusive collections to create gallery walls in their homes and we are in love! See how they’ve used frames, ledges and unique décor to reflect their style.

Farmington Collection

Gallery Wall by LilBlueBoo

Ashley from Lil Blue Boo created a rustic look with modern twist with washed finishes, metal accents and pops of graphic black and white. This collection plays off the “farmhouse chic” trend we are seeing everywhere.

Maker Tip: Use found objects like pieces of nature or vintage pennants in shadow boxes to give your gallery wall character. 

Prints with quotes and sentiments are another key trend that we are loving in home décor. They can be fun, uplifting and even a little playful.

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Catalina Collection

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Heather from Whipperberry, invites a coastal vibe into her home that is nautical and relaxing with seaside elements.

Maker Tip: Create dimensional décor by layering smaller items into your frames and backing them with fun patterned papers.

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She mixes frames with ready-made décor and sweet sentiments that bear reminding to “enjoy the little things”.

Alexandria Collection

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Crystal from A Pumpkin and a Princess used the Alexandria collection to add a modern feel to her home with neutral tones and organic textures. Gold and antique details give this gallery wall character and a feminine touch.

Maker Tip: Starting on a buffet or mantel, prop décor pieces against the wall and build your gallery wall up from there!

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Savannah Collection

Final collage wall Jennifer Rizzo

Jennifer Rizzo‘s gallery wall is the epitome of casual elegance, featuring distressed surfaces and soft hues.

Maker Tip: add a pop of color by masking off some of your frames and dry brushing them with coordinating paints.

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The best part about these collections is that you can mix and match them to find items that reflect your style making it easy to update your home. Get more inspiration and tips on how to build your own gallery wall here and don’t forget to share it with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels.

Michaels Makers Easter Challenge

Michaels Makers Easter Challenge

Easter is right around the corner! If you haven’t started decorating or building your Easter baskets, we’ve got all of the inspiration you need.

Our Michaels Makers are here to show us their tips and tricks on getting your home Easter ready and building bunny-approved baskets that your kids will love.

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Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it the best Easter. Share your Easter DIYs with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels.