Tie-Dye Patterns & Folding Techniques 2022

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for tie-dye patterns. Making tie-dye designs is an easy and entertaining method to make your own outfit or refresh your wardrobe. Whether you’re an experienced tie-dye artist or a total novice, this article will guide you on how to make stunning designs that will impress your friends and family. Tie-dye is a fascinating method to generate unique designs that are quick and ready to wear in less than a day since there are so many elements to play with, such as folding patterns, colors, and styles.

Tie-Dye is one of the most trendy and enjoyable methods to transform a simple t-shirt. By creating n unique work of art with tie-dye materials, you may become your own designer. A pattern is created when a shirt is folded, tied, and dyed. It yields a similar effect when repeated in the same way. I’ve seen some pretty interesting tie dye designs and patterns in books and on the internet. Learn how to generate gorgeous and unique tie dye designs with these simple tie dye folding techniques.

Tie Dye Patterns

I’ll teach you how to create a variety of tie-dye folding techniques The patterns we’ll look at are listed below.

  1. Spiral
  2. Mandala
  3. Shibori
  4. Ombre
  5. Stripes
  6. Crumple
  7. Heart 
  8. Rainbow
  9. Mickey Mouse Tie Dye
  10. Bullseye
  11. Sunburst
  12. Folding pattern
  13. Unicorn
  14. Emoji Pattern
  15. Chevron
  16. Firecracker Pattern
  17. Accordion
  18. Reverse Tie dye Pattern
  19. Kaleidoscope
  20. Ice Dye

Click on the above links to directly read a specific pattern or continue scrolling down for step-by-step instructions to follow in order to replicate top tie-dye patterns.

1. Tie Dye Tools

When you have a tie-dye concept, all you need are tie dye materials to make that happen. You’ll be able to duplicate every pattern in this article and more using these supplies. When it comes to this skill, there are no limits to what you may create. You may make your own shirts, create your own stuff, and come up with fresh trends. The following are the necessary supplies for tie dyeing:

  • Zip-lock bags
  • Strings
  • Spray bottle
  • Soapy water
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper towels
  • One container for the desired color
  • Large and deep dishes
  • Gloves
  • Fabric dyes
  • Dye fixer
  • Cotton T-shirts or any other desired fabric

2. Tie-Dye Projects

  • Canvas shoes
  • Hoodie
  • Joggers
  • Socks
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-shirt
  • Bags

3. Beginner’s Guide To Tie-Dyeing a Shirt

Beginners may follow these simple instructions to tie-dye a shirt.

  • Select your preferred design pattern
  • Set up your supplies and workspace
  • Wet and wring out a cotton shirt. 
  • Follow the pattern for folding and tying the shirt.
  • Get your colors ready. 
  • Dye the fabric in accordance with the pattern.
  • Allow the dye to react for 8 hours.
  • Rinse the shirt. 
  • Put your tie-dye clothing in the washing machine.

To study the complete procedure of tie-dying, read my article about how to tie-dye a shirt here: How to tie dye a shirt? and for detail about techniques click here : tie dye techniques

Let us discuss one by one the Tie-Dye Patterns

1. Spiral

With the spiral tie-dye pattern, you can give tie dye a modern angle! You’ll appreciate the winding effects whether you use one or four colors!

  • Prewash your cloth first, especially if it’s fresh. Allow your fabric to become soaked before beginning the tie-dye step.
  • Place your moist fabric on top of the covered surface. Locate the middle of the collar and the part immediately under the sleeves for a perfect center spiral. At this stage, pinch the cloth and twist it into a spiral. Continue to firmly twist the cloth until the shirt is turned into a spiral pattern. Use three elastic bands to secure the swirling shirt, crossing the rubber bands to make six wedge shapes.
  • You can use as many or as few dye colors as the wedge forms made with the rubber bands. Tie dying may be done in a variety of ways. Regardless of how you apply your colors, flip your spirals over and match the dyes in the same color pattern on the backside.
  • Put your dyed fabric in a zip lock plastic bag to keep it moist while the dye dries. This will take 6 to 8 hours to complete, or overnight.
  • When your dye has finished reacting, remove the rubber bands and enjoy your spiral tie dye! Follow the directions for rinsing, washing, and drying.
Spiral tie dye pattern

2. Mandala

To accomplish this, fold the fabric into a wedge shape and then apply the dye in whichever pattern you desire.

  • Place the fabric on the table. Fold it lengthwise in half. Then, fold in half widthwise once again. The garment has been folded in quarters.
  • Fold the garment in half diagonally.
  • Fold the garment in half again along the diagonal line. The shirt has been divided into 16 parts.
  • Rubber bands are used to keep it all together.
  • Apply the dye in a variety of hues to create a distinct pattern.
Mandala tie dye Pattern

 3. Shibori

Shibori is a Japanese folding technique that employs string and other materials.

  • Place your wet shirt on your work table. Accordion fold the cloth in even folds from the bottom border to the top of the garment. Beginning at one end of the folded shirt, accordion fold it in the other manner until you reach the opposite end. Wrap a rubber band securely in each direction around the folded cloth, crossing the rubber bands.
  • Indigo/dark blue dye is commonly used in Shibori, so mix it up and spread it on all exposed portions of cloth on both sides.
  • Put your dyed fabric in a zip-lock plastic bag to keep it moist while the dye dries. This will take 6 to 8 hours to complete, or overnight.
Shibori tie dye patterns

4. Ombre

Using dye, water, and a paintbrush, you can create a color gradient. For a stylish aesthetic, stick to one color or include many.

  • Draw a line of dye down the fabric’s edge.
  • Brush dye upward on cloth using a broad wet paintbrush.
  • Dip a brush in water and run it along the edges of the dye, drawing the color upward to produce a gradient of the original shade.
Ombre Tie Dye Pattern

5. Stripes

This basic tie-dye pattern may be done with as many colors as you like, whether you want stripes vertically or horizontally!

  • This basic tie-dye pattern may be done with as many colors as you like, whether you want stripes vertically or horizontally!
  • Rubber bands may be used to bind your pleated fabric, with rubber bands uniformly spaced and as many as required. Rubber bands can be placed far apart for broader stripes or near together for narrow stripes. It’s entirely up to you!
  • You may use as many colors as you desire with the Stripes tie-dye pattern. Have fun and try new things – there is no proper way of doing this!
  • Apply dyes to each segment of the banded portion, alternating colors or skipping portions if desired. As you add dye to the pleated fabric, rotate it so that the dye covers the entire piece. Allow 6 to 8 hours or more for your tie-dye to properly set.
Stripes Tie dye pattern
Tiger Stripes

6. Crumple

 You’re ready to begin the crumple tie-dye pattern by covering your working space with a plastic disposable surface cover.

  • Place the soaked fabric on your working area. Make a crumpled pile out of the cloth.
  • If you desire, you can use rubber bands to bind the crumpled cloth before tie dyeing. But there is no need to use rubber bands to achieve this tie-dye pattern; it will still look great!
  • Dye your crumpled cloth. There is no right or incorrect method to apply one or more dye colors!
crumple tie dye pattern

7. Heart 

You may fold the cloth to make a tie-dye heart pattern in the center of the shirt with a little effort. Create a tie-dye heart by following these instructions:

  • Lay the fabric on the working area. The garment should then be folded in half lengthwise.
  • With a temporary marker, draw 1/2 of a heart on the folded edge.
  • Begin producing little accordion pleats at one side of your line. Follow the sketched line, folding the pleats so that the marked line appears right on top of the folds.
  • When you’ve pleated all of the fabric, tie it with an elastic band. Tie a rubber band on the line itself, and then add more rubber bands as needed on the inside or outer parts.
Heart tie dye patterns

8. Rainbow

Rainbow tie dye will brighten your day and your closet! Bold color is a great way to liven things up. Folding a rainbow tie-dye pattern is comparable to folding a heart, but it’s a lot easier! Let’s get started.

  • Lay the fabric on the working area. The garment should then be folded in half lengthwise.
  • With a temporary marker, draw 1/2 of a rainbow arc on the folded edge.
  • Begin producing little accordion pleats at one side of your line. Follow the sketched line, folding the pleats so that the marked line appears right on top of the folds.
  • When you’ve pleated all of the fabric, tie it with an elastic band. Tie a rubber band on the line itself, and then add more rubber bands as needed on the inside or outer parts.
  • To make a classic rainbow color scheme, spray the dye in rainbow sequence.
Rainbow tie dye patterns

9. Mickey Mouse Tie-Dye Pattern

The Mickey Mouse styled tie-dye pattern can add some Disney charm to your wardrobe! With this vibrant tie dye ensemble, you’ll undoubtedly stand out during your next park visit!

  • Fold your moist T-shirt in half vertically. Draw a 1/2 Mickey with a washable marker, with the center aligning with the fold.
  • Securely fold your shirt along the marker line so that when all of the pleats are together, the line appears as straight as possible. At this marker line, wrap a rubber band securely around the pleated fabric. Wrap a second elastic band a few inches under the first, following the pleats.
  • You may use as many dye colors as sections of rubber bands or as few as one.
  • Wrap the colored shirt in zip lock bag and lay aside for 6 to 8 hours, or longer. Rinse.
mickey mouse tie dye pattern

10. Bullseye Tie Dye Pattern

The most well-known and easiest tie-dye pattern! Simply roll your cloth into a tube shape and secure it using elastic bands as desired.

  • Pinch the cloth in the middle of the area where you want your bullseye to be. Pull the cloth up into a cone form while directing it with the other hand.
  • Tie a rubber band 1-2 inches below the cloth’s tip, and then continue binding the fabric with the necessary number of rubber bands.
  • Using appropriate dye colors, apply them to your fabric.
bullseye tie dye pattern

11. Sunburst Tie dye Pattern

Make color bursts all over your fabric by rolling your cloth into balls or adding things underneath to support.

  • Pinch the cloth and pull it up approximately 1-2 inches. Secure with a rubber band and continue until the required amount of sunbursts is achieved.
  • Apply dye to the fabric edges.
  • Apply a contrasting color of dye to the remaining cloth.
sunburst tie dye pattern

12. Folding Pattern

It’s simple and enjoyable! Firstly fold your cloth into squares and apply dye around the corners to create a grid-like effect.

  • Fold the cloth in half.
  • Fold the cloth in half again, then again, to make 8-layered panels.
  • Apply dye to the folded edges of the cloth. Repeat on the other side.
Folding tie dye patterns

13. Unicorn Tie dye Pattern

Believe it or not, whether you believe in unicorns or not, it is a fact that they can be found everywhere… and why not on tie dye?

  • Lay a moist shirt on your working table and compress the cloth in the center, drawing upward to form a tube shape.
  • Tie a rubber band about 3 inches from the tip, then a second one about an inch below the first.
  • Each piece of the garment should be dyed a distinct color.
  • Wrap the fabric in a zip-lock bag and leave it aside for 6 to 8 hours or more.
Unicorn Tie Dye Patterns

14. Emoji Tie Dye Pattern

By following this simple pattern guide, you may now wear any emoji pattern on your t-shirt.

  • Dampen the shirt and fold it in half, with the fold running down the middle of the shirt. Place the plate on the shirt where you want the emoji to appear and outline it with a temporary marker.
  • Pleat the shirt along the dotted line.
  • At the marker line, tie a rubber band securely around the pleated shirt.
  • Wrap a second rubber band around the shirt approximately 2 inches below the first.
  • To make an emoji face, add yellow color to the tip of the bound shirt.
  • Add a second dye color to the next section of the garment between the rubber bands.
  • Wrap the colored shirt in zip lock bag and lay it aside for 6 to 8 hours, or longer. Iron the face expression pieces onto the yellow area as directed on the packaging.

Your new emoji tie-dye shirt will make you emojional!

Emoji tie dye patterns

15. Chevron

Here’s how you fold your shirt for the ideal chevron tie dye design! It’s enjoyable, simple, and produces excellent results!

  • Fold a moist shirt lengthwise in half.
  • Fold the top part of the shirt in half, placing the folds at the center.
  • Flip the shirt over carefully and repeat the folding on the opposite side, forming quarters lengthwise.
  • Draw equally spaced diagonal lines on the folded shirt with a washable marker.
  • Wrap rubber bands securely around the shirt along each diagonal line.
  • Apply the first dye color to every other part of the cloth.
  • Apply a second color of dye to the remaining portions.
  • Allow the fabric to sit for 6 to 8 hours, or more, before removing the rubber bands and rinsing.
Chevron Tie Dye Patterns

16. Firecracker Tie-Dye Pattern

Make a fantastic firecracker Popsicle-inspired shirt for summer.

  • Red dye should be applied to the upper third of the shirt, just above the elastic band.
  • Scrunch a moist fabric into a tube shape and tie a rubber band around it about a 3rd of the way downwards. Continue with the bottom third.
  • Apply blue dye to the bottom third of the shirt, underneath the rubber band. Wrap in zip-lock bag and lay aside to dry. Rinse.
firecracker tie dye pattern

17. Accordion

In this pattern, I’ll teach you several interesting methods to tie-dye your cloth! This tie-dye method will be a hit with you!

  • Layout your damp cloth horizontally on the working area. Starting on the side nearest to you, accordion fold (over and under) the entire shirt in equal folds, working your way to the opposite side.
  • Wrap rubber bands around your folded T-shirt to secure it.
  • Apply one dye color to the whole product in b/w rubber bands, but you can alternate colors or apply a different color to each bound piece if you choose. Have some fun and be creative!
  • Allow the fabric to sit to allow the dye to be thoroughly set. Separately rinse, wash, and dry.
Accordion tie dye pattern

18. Reverse Tie Dye Pattern

Yes, you read that correctly. Reverse tie-dyeing is a real technique that creates amazing designs by first removing the color and then applying the dye.

  • The reverse tie-dye process is unique among tie-dye techniques! For this one, you’ll need a darker 100% cotton material that can be dyed. Allow your shirt to dry completely before crumpling it into a little ball. Rubber bands may be used to keep your crumpled clothing in place.
  • If you want, hang the dried crumpled shirt to dry, and then mix up one of the bottles of Color Changer from your Reverse Tie-Dye Kit as per directions. Color Changer liquid should be applied to all exposed sections of the crumpled fabric, turning the cloth as needed.
  • Allow the Color Changer to work its magic, gently erasing the color from the cloth. Check it on a frequent basis, and when you’re satisfied with the results, remove the elastic bands and quickly rinse and wash as directed.
  • After washing your shirt, put it on your working area while it is still moist. Apply your selected dye colors randomly across the garment, paying special attention to the lighter areas to make the dye truly stand out!
  • After you’ve added your colors, gently collect the garment and lay it in a zip lock plastic bag to keep it wet while the dye sets in. This will take 6 – 8 hours to complete or longer and rinse.
Reverse Tie Dye Patterns

19. Kaleidoscope

Remember how much fun your childhood kaleidoscope was with its bright colors and shapes? Now, using powdered color and ice, you can make them on a shirt!

  • Fold a moist shirt lengthwise in half and press it flat on a tabletop.
  • Pinch the shirt where you want the initial spiral’s center to go, and then twist the cloth a few times to make a little spiral.
  • Keeping the initial spiral in place, pinch another portion of the shirt and twist multiple times to make a second spiral.
  • Crumple the leftover fabric in the direction of the twists.
  • Rubber bands should be used to fix the shirt.
  • Create a paper ring that will fit around the bound shirt. When dying, this will help hold the ice in place.
  • Put the ice over the bound shirt.
  • Instead of adding water to the dye bottles to mix, pour a couple of colors of dye powder on top of the ice.
  • Allow the ice to thaw before removing the paper ring.
  • Flip the garment over and continue the process with extra dye powders on the backside.
  • Cut off the rubber bands once the back has been colored, and then wash.
kaleidoscope tie dye patterns

20. Ice Dye

For the super-duper ice tie-dye pattern, you won’t need to mix your dyes! Allow the ice to do the job of creating unique watercolor tie-dye effects.

  • Wash your fabric and set it aside to dry. The crumple tie-dye process works well with the ice-dye technique, but you may experiment with other approaches as well.
  • Using rubber bands crumple your shirt into a ball. Ice should be used to cover the entire project.
  • You don’t need to combine your colors with water before dyeing your creation with the ice tie-dye process. The ice will do the heavy lifting! Unplug the nozzles from the dye bottles and spread the powder on the ice at random.
  • Allow the ice to totally melt once you’ve applied your color powders. As the ice melts, the colors will transfer to the clothing below, creating amazing watercolor designs. Place your fabric in a zip lock bag and leave aside for 6 – 8 hours to enable the dye to cure.
  • Remove the elastic bands once the ice has melted and admire your wonderful ice tie dye pattern! Rinse, wash, and dry well.
Ice Dye Patterns

What Is An Attractive Tie Dye Design?

The beauty of an outfit is entirely subjective. Each of us has our own tastes. This is due to the fact that some styles are totally opposite. Here are some terms to describe the look of a tie-dye shirt:

  • Classy
  • Colorful
  • Comforting
  • Stylish
  • Vibrant
  • Vivid

Final Words

This is the point where art and science interact. Create something unique by adding your own artistic twist to the design. It’s nearly difficult to completely duplicate a pattern, no matter how hard you try. Each tie-dye shirt has its own fingerprint.

After you’ve rinsed away the dye from your clothing, soak it in equal amounts of cold water and white vinegar for half an hour. Colorfastness is improved by using vinegar. Tie dye should be washed in cold water after the first number of washes to avoid fading. Color-safe detergents should be used.

Wear gloves to avoid staining your hands. Remove the rubber bands after 24 hours. To minimize color bleeding, hang your clothing to dry completely before washing in cold water until the water runs clear.

Food coloring may be used to dye cloth, but only if the fabric fits specific criteria. Dying with food coloring, gelatin, or drink mixes requires a few more stages than using professional dyes designed especially for use on textiles.

Yes, if you wait longer than a day after dyeing, you may get dark spots of color. If you wait too long, the clothing may dry out. A dried shirt may have uneven coloring.

If the colors of your tie dye merge together, you’ve definitely used too much dye. When the dye can no longer sink into the garment, it produces spots on the cloth, which can then seep into dye-free areas.

Soda ash softens the fibers of your cloth for greater color absorption during tie-dying. It makes the dye adhere to the cloth that is why it is a crucial element in tie-dyeing.

If you’re using numerous colors, arrange them such that neighboring primary (yellow, red and blue) or secondary (orange, purple, and green) colors are near to each other. They will merge together and form a third color where they run together.

Check to see if you have hard water – this might cause colors to fade quickly! “Well” water is frequently exceedingly hard. To dissolve your colors, if your water is hard, use a water softener or distilled water.

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