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MAKE Magic with Unicorns & Tie Dye!

If you haven’t noticed, unicorn everything – and we mean EVERYTHING – is trending right now. Our friends at Tulip® took this trend to the next level by pairing it with the equally popular tie-dye! Here’s how you can MAKE your very own mystical sparkle unicorn tie dye tee using the Tulip One-Step Sparkle Party for 6 Kit.

Sparkle Party for 6

You can get this kit exclusively at your local Michaels store. It comes with everything you need to make multiple tie-dye shirts.

Inside you’ll find:

  • 10 bottles of Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Colors
  • Rubber Bands
  • Silver Glitter Fabric Spray
  • 2 Glitter Iron-on Design Sheets
  • 12 Gloves
  • Reusable Surface Cover
  • Project Sheet

This kit is perfect for a fun tie-dye party with friends. Pick up 6 white t-shirts (or even tote bags!), while you’re at the store and you’ll be ready to go!

Tie Dye Your Shirts

Before you begin: Lay out your surface cover and prepare your work area. Fill up the tie-dye bottles in the colors of your choosing with water and shake well. Put on your gloves and let the tie-dye party begin!

1 pinch shirt in middle

  1. Start with a damp t-shirt. The dye saturates the fabric more easily when it’s wet.
  2. Lay your 100% cotton shirt flat on the table and pinch the shirt in the middle, pulling the fabric upwards.
  3. Bind your shirt with rubber bands in several sections as shown. Then, lay your bound fabric flat on your table/surface.

2 tie as shown

4. Squeeze the dye on your shirt as shown, making sure to saturate all white areas. Flip it over as you add dye to make sure you dye both sides!

3 add dye

5. Wrap your tie-dyed shirt in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and let it set for 6-8 hours.

4 wrap and let set

6. After it has set, cut off the rubber bands carefully with scissors, and then rinse under cold water until all the dye is out and the water starts to run clear.

7. Wash your shirt in cold water and tumble dry on low.  

Iron On Your Designs

5 add unicorn iron-on

  1. Take your finished tie-dyed t-shirt and lay it flat on an ironing board or hard surface.
  2. Peel your unicorn iron-on designs from the sheet and place in the middle of your bullseye design.
  3. Lay an ironing cloth over the design and turn your iron on to the cotton setting.
  4. Iron continuously for 40 seconds. Check to make sure the transfer is set and re-iron if needed.

6 cover in glitter spray

For even more shimmer, use the glitter fabric spray to add sparkly effects that match your transfer. More sparkles = more unicorn magic!

Maker Tip: Take it to the next level by fringing the bottom of your tee; learn how here.

finished unicorn shirt

Here’s what your completed shirt will look like once finished. It’s perfect for a music festival, a day at the beach, or matching outfits for a girls’ night out. We can’t promise that this shirt will give you magical powers, but we promise the compliments will magically appear the minute you wear it!

Have you been inspired by this unicorn trend? Share with us in the comments below!

 

 

 

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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Decorate Your Graduation Cap

Show off your style and go out with a bang with a custom decorated graduation cap! Your fans will have no problem finding you in the sea of other graduates. This spiral tie dye graduation cap is simple to craft and makes quite a statement!

Here’s what you need to get started:

 

Let’s get started!

1. Cut a square of the white fabric several inches wider than the brim of the cap, all the way around.

2. Wash the fabric and leave it damp. Lay it out flat on a covered work surface and smooth out any wrinkles.

Twist the fabric into a spiral tie and then secure  it with rubber bands from the kit.
3. Mix the dye colors according to package instructions and apply the dye to tied fabric in wedge-shaped sections.  Then you’ll cover the dyed fabric with plastic and let it set for 6-8 hours.
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4. Remove the rubber bands from the fabric and rinse it under cool running water to remove excess dye.  Then, wash and dry the fabric according to fabric requirements.
5. Cut a small slit in the center of your fabric square so that the cap button can be pulled through.
6. Spray a light coat of Aleene’s® Tacky Spray™ onto the top of your cap and press the fabric onto cap, pulling the button through the small slit in the fabric.
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7. Turn your cap over and tuck the fabric under the brim, securing with Aleene’s® Fabric Fusion® tape and trimming excess fabric as needed.
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Tie Dye Graduation CapHow easy was that? Here are a few more creative graduation cap ideas:
Creative DIY Graduation Caps
Are you planning on decorating your graduation cap? Share a pic of your DIY graduation cap with us on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels!

Tie Dye Your Summer with Tulip®

Some may think that tie dye is a thing of the past… a throwback trend of the 70s meant for concert-goers and hippies. However, tie dye has made a comeback and it’s better than ever! I personally love, love, love to tie dye. I’ve made baby onesies and giant backdrops. I even did my first ice dye using Tulip® powdered dyes this summer.

There are so many techniques and styles, your results are never the same and Tulip® makes it easy to do! As a part of their Tie Dye Your Summer campaign we teamed them up with a few of our Michaels Makers to host Ultimate Summer Tie Dye Parties. I’ve rounded up some of their colorful fun for you!

By Stephanie Lynn hosted a bright and cheery party for guests to dye kitchen towels. She even created a helpful guide of Tie Dye Folding Techniques showing you how to achieve different designs with your dye!By Stephanie Lynn Folding Techniques Ashley from Lil Blue Boo created a tutorial on how to tie dye a heart shape!

Tie Dye Heart Shape

Jennifer Rizzo achieved a watercolor effect when she tie dyed these pillows. The results are colorful and classy; a great addition to any room.fun-tie-dye-pillow-556x620 Pillow-made-from-a-tshirt-618x620

Roeshel from DIY Showoff hosted the cutest little tie dye party… just check out those crafty little guests! Tie Dye DIY Showoff Tie Dye DIY Showoff Shannon at AKA Design made quite the colorful mess in the basement with her kiddos. Talk about family fun!Tie Dye Swirl AKA Design Tie Dye

What a fun party idea! I love that guests get to take home their own creations and can wear them again and again. Have you every tie dyed anything? We’d love to see your creations! Share them with us on social using #MadeWithMichaels & #TieDyeYourSummer!

Tie Dye Book Covers with Aunt Peaches

Our friends at I Love to Create teamed up with Aunt Peaches to bring you this awesome Tie Dye book cover project – just in time for back to school. Check it out!

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Textbooks are expensive. Many teachers advise their students to cover their books to minimize damage. Also, book covers just look cool! Traditional paper textbooks covers are great, but not nearly as durable as fabric. These no-sew tie dye book covers offer an endless variety of colors and patterns, and what an awesome way to keep your books in great shape all year long. Let’s get started!

2-tie-dye-fabric-book-coversChoose a different color for each book, or perhaps a designated color scheme for every person in the family. The possibilities are endless.

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Materials:

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When you open your Tulip One Step dye kit you will find several plastic squeeze bottles, each filled with a small amount of pigment powder – simply add water and shake. Your dye is ready to go! You will also find four pairs of gloves and some extra durable rubber bands. No need for mess or extra materials.

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Inside your kit, you will also find an instruction booklet on how to achieve a variety of tie dye patterns. Beginners may want to start out free-form, then move up with each new project. Warning: it’s a little addictive.

6-pinch-twirling-fabricTo achieve a random sort of spinning pattern, pinch the fabric in the middle then swirl until the entire garment is enveloped. Use the provided rubber bands to secure in place.

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Use your Tulip One Step squirt bottles to soak different areas of your fabric with dye. Segmenting each color will create stronger patterns, but layering dyes of similar values (like blue and purple) will create additional variations in colors. Set inside a plastic bag and let it set overnight.

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After removing rubber bands and rinsing with water, throw your newly dyed fabric into a washing machine on the hottest setting with a teaspoon of detergent. Dry as usual. Now stand back and admire your work!

9-size-of-fabric-on-bookTo cut your fabric to size, cut a rectangle that is wide as your book plus 10”, and twice as tall as your book plus 1”.

 

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Fold the fabric into one long tube that is just barely as tall as your book. There should be a 1” overlap seam running down the middle.

 

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Use your Fabric Fusion glue to draw a thin line down the middle. Press to secure and allow to dry for at least one hour.

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After the glue has dried, slip the fabric tube over the front and back cover of the book. To achieve a smooth finish, you may find it easier to pull back the covers from the spine (sort of like the wings of a bird) then slip the cover on all the way, then close the book as usual.

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And there you go! Leave as is or use fabric paint and markers to make a design on the front and spine.

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Craft Crush | July

Summer is in full swing. Are you overheated yet? These hot temps are keeping me in the pool or in the A/C. The latter leaves me lots of time to pin projects that are inspiring me… now I just need to get to crafting them! Here’s a little round up for my July Craft Crush:

Craft Crush July

Clockwise from top left:

Tissue Paper Banner by It all Started With Paint // Banners are the quickest way to dress up a party or a backdrop. Make one like this for your next summer gathering!

DIY Stenciled Kitchen Canisters by No. 2 Pencil // How fancy are these? Yet, so simple to create.

Crochet Hippo Hat by Repeat Crafter Me // Ok, I know it’s about 100° outside right now, but start crocheting this cute little hat now and it will be ready in time for cooler temps.

Fringed & Fabulous Tank Tops by I Love to Create // Crop tops are really not my thing this summer, but I’d love to create this in a longer version as a swimsuit coverup. Bring back tie-dye!

Scalloped Beverage Bucket by Plaid // If this doesn’t scream summer pool party, then I don’t know what does. Such a cute way to dress up your cooler!