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100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques

By: Melissa Conner, Editor,

Get ready for summer with this epic collection of 100+ Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns. From tee shirts to picture frames, aprons to flip flops, these tie dye projects and techniques are great for crafters of all ages, and a great way to celebrate warm weather and sunshine! All of the tie dye designs below come with full how to tie dye tutorials that make the tie dye ideas presented easy peasy. Whether you want to make tie dye shirts or other tie dye project ideas, this list of summer craft ideas is sure to contain the project for you.

Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques

100+ Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns

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Gather up the kids and throw a tie dye party with this handy free printable PDF download. Discover kid-friendly tie dye techniques, tips, crafts and more. Help kids learn how to tie dye today with our brand new guide, How to Host a Tie Dye Party for Kids.


How To Get Started: Tie Dye Instructions

Tie Dye Setup Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns

How to Tie Dye Instructions

Before you begin your tie dye projects and patterns, you need to know how to tie dye. Check out our full and extensive list of tie dye instructions from prep work to washing your tie dye: How to Tie Dye: Step-by-Step Instructions from Folding to Washing.

T-Shirt Tie Dye Patterns

Captain America Tie Dye Tee Tie Dye Techniques

Tee shirts are the most popular tie dye project, so we've collected all of our best tie dye shirt patterns right here. Great for men and women of all ages, these easy tie dye techniques are a fun way to show off your personality.  Use them as jerseys, fun family reunion tees, or gather your best friends over for a fun night of tie and dye. Learn how to tie dye a shirt and turn it into a fun activity with kids.

  1. Captain America Tee
  2. Desert Sunset Paradise Tee
  3. Shibori Chic Tie Dye Top
  4. Four Super Tie Dye Tees
  5. Purple Lightning Tie Dye

Purple Lightning Tie Dye

  1. Sweet Summer Shirts
  2. Tie Dye Creations
  3. Tie Dye Hurricane Tee
  4. Scribble Scrabble Tee Shirt
  5. Cobbled Bicolor Tee

Twisted Tie Dye Shirt

  1. I Heart Tie Dye Tee
  2. Eco-Centric Tie Dye Shirt
  3. Double Rainbow Dazzle Top
  4. Graffiti Tee
  5. Rainbow Bright Tie Dye Shirt so colorful!
  6. Cotton Tie Dye Top

Cotton Tie Dye

  1. Twisted Tie Dye Tee
  2. Flower Tie Dye Tee Shirt
  3. Summer Spangled Bullseye Tee
  4. Fashion Tie Dye Tee

Cool and Easy Bleach Tie Dye Pattern

  1. Twist and Shout Camp Tee
  2. Starfire Explosion Tee Shirt
  3. Colorful Tie Dye Shirt
  4. Tie Dye Heart Pattern
  5. Dappled Heart Shirt

Dappled Heart Shirt

  1. Summer Twist Tee Shirt
  2. Striped Tie Dye Shirt
  3. Impatient Plaid Tie Dye Tee Shirt
  4. 3D Flower Top
  5. Cool and Easy Bleach Tie Dye Shirt have you seen this yet?!
  6. NEW! Twisty Tie Dye Shirt Design

Twisty Tie Dye Shirt Design

  1. NEW! Rastaman Tie Dye Shirt Pattern
  2. NEW! Single Color Bullseye Tie Dye Shirt
  3. NEW! Simple Striped Tie Dye Shirt
  4. NEW! Rainbow Bright Tie Dye Shirt
  5. NEW! Gal-axy Tie Dye T-Shirt


For more tie dye techniques, instructions, designs, and projects, check out these free craft eBooks:

Tie Dye Projects for the Home

Tropical Theme Tee Pee Tie Dye Techniques Patterns

Who says tie dye techniques are just meant for clothing?  These home decor crafts are all made using easy tie dye techniques and you won't believe what you can actually make.  Beautiful curtains, pillows, frames, and more will help add a bright splash of color to any room in your home. Tie and dye a great way to bring the colors of summer indoors for all to enjoy year round.

  1. Tropical Themed Tee Pee
  2. Tie Dye Tablecloth
  3. Tie Dyed Luminaries
  4. Fashion Shower Curtains
  5. Patriotic Tie Dye Picnic Set
  6. Summer Lovin' Pillow

Summer Lovin' Crochet Pillow

  1. Tie Dye Embroidery
  2. Tie Dye Graduate Frames
  3. Quote Art Canvas
  4. Field of Fireworks Beach Towel
  5. Sunburst Blossom Pillow
  6. Faux Quilted Tie Dye Pillow
  7. NEW! No Sew Tie Dye Pillows
  8. NEW! Tie-Dye Tea Towels
  9. NEW! Tie Dye Dollar Store Flowers
  10. NEW! Pillowcase Tie Dye Project
  11. NEW! Stunning Shibori Tie Dye Napkins


50 Tie Dye Craft Projects and How to Tie Dye


Learn new and amazing tie dye ideas with from this collection, 50 Tie Dye Craft Projects and How to Tie Dye. If you're new to the world of tie dye techniques and patterns, never fear. This roundup features tie dye instructions and crafts you might not expect. These tie and dye projects are perfect for summer, but if you're in the mood, bring the supplies inside and brighten your day no matter the season. In addition to tie dye designs, you'll find plenty of new tie dye techniques.




Apron Tie Dye Patterns

An Apron To Dye For

Great for grilling, cooking, cleaning, or crafting, these tie dye designs for aprons are sure to keep you nice and clean in style!  Use your favorite tie dye techniques to create a fun-looking apron that's unlike anything else. Learn how to tie dye and use your new skills to make great gifts and housewarming presents. Tie dye techniques like these are fun for the whole family to make together.

  1. An Apron to Dye For
  2. Friday Night Apron
  3. Dad and Son Tie Tye Camo Set
  4. Stylish Spring Apron


23 Cool Tie Dye Projects


Great for kids and adults of all ages, this collection of 23 Cool Tie Dye Ideas is a great group of projects to have on hand for summer and back-to-school crafting.  Add bright colors to tights, scarves, cowls, and so much more! There are also great tie dye shirt patterns for you to enjoy. We promise that once you learn how to how to make tie dye shirts and other wearables on your own, you'll never want to buy one ever again.



Dress and Skirt Tie Dye Patterns

Pink Berries Skirt

Sundresses are so fun and comfortable to wear in the warm weather. Don't limit yourself to solid colored wearables, though - create your very own colorful and fun sundresses with these dress and skirt tie dye techniques. Great for adding a splash of color to your wardrobe, these simple tie dye patterns are perfect for those hot summer days. Check out our list of tie dye techniques to find the best style for you.

  1. Pink Berries Skirt
  2. Revamped Tie Dye Dress
  3. Tie Dye Popsicle Dress
  4. Striped Sundress
  5. Animal Print Tie Dye Dress
  6. Light Pink Tie Dye Dress
  7. Tie Dye Design Dress With Embellished Brooch


Tie Dye Shirts and Sweaters

Tie Dye Aqua Tunic

Learn how to make a tie dye shirt and or sweater that everyone will want to wear. Hoodies, cardigans, and formal tops can all blossom with color with these fun and easy tie dye techniques and patterns. Browse through our tie dye techniques to find a style that suits you best and then get ready to reinvent your wardrobe!

  1. Tie Dye Tee Shirt and Sweatshirt
  2. Light and Bright Tie Dye Shirt
  3. Bubblegum Top
  4. Cute Green Tie Dye Top
  5. Faux Lace Tie Dye Hoodie
  6. American Flag Tie Dye Design

American Flag Tie Dye Design

  1. Rainbow Bright Tie Dye Shirt
  2. 10 Minute Tie Dye Shirt Design so freaking easy!
  3. NEW! DIY Tie Dye Hoodie - video tutorial!
  4. NEW! Paris Love Tie-Dye Shirt
  5. NEW! Pink Butterfly DIY Tie-Dye Shirt


Tie Dye Projects for Babies and Children

Funky Baby Onesie Tie Dye Techniques Patterns

Take those simple white onesies to a whole new level with these adorable tie dye patterns and projects for babies and children. Kids will love showing off tie dye shirt patterns and clothing that they made using the simple tie dye techniques you can find in this collection. Tie dye is also a great activity for kids birthday parties, youth groups, and family get-togethers. Have little ones bring their own white tee shirt and help them create a look all their own. Simply master the tie dye techniques needed for these projects and you'll be set.

  1. Funky Baby Onesie
  2. Amethyst Purple Dyed Dress
  3. Tie Dye Baby Onesie and Skirt
  4. Pink Baby Onesie
  5. Summer Tie Dye Outfit

Summer Tie Dye Outfit

  1. NEW! Tie Dye Scarves for Kids
  2. NEW! Little Girl's Ombre Homemade Tie Dye Shirt
  3. NEW! Bleach Stripes Tie Dye T-shirt - video tutorial!
  4. NEW! Tie Dye Onesie Design - video tutorial!


How to Tie Dye Ribbon Using Glimmer Mist

Now that you know some new tie dye techniques, it's time to take advantage of some really great products. Once you learn how to tie dye ribbon, you can use your skills and learn how to tie dye shirts and other items of clothing. There's no need for tons of expensive supplies when you have this great tutorial to inspire your tie dye craft projects.


Tie Dye Ideas for Accessories

No Sew Hand Warmers Tie Dye Techniques Patterns

These tie dye designs are great for the summer. From fun friendship bracelets to cute tie dye flip flops that you can easily match your bathing suit, these tie dye instructions are great for kids and adults of all ages. You can use any tie-dyeing techniques you'd like to create these patterns, from easy to advanced tie dye patterns.  Try out new and different tie dye techniques for fun and creative looks to your summer accessories.

  1. How to Tie Dye Your Hair
  2. Tie Dye Friendship Bracelets
  3. No Sew Hand Warmers
  4. Fun Tie Dye Flip Flops
  5. Groovy Tie Dye Socks
  6. Tie Dye Dog Bandana
  7. Tie Dyed Ribbon
  8. NEW! Unforgettable Tie Dye Scarf


Bags and Totes Tie Dye Patterns

Tie Dye Lunch Bags Tie Dye Techniques Patterns

These tie dye techniques for bags and totes are great projects for kids to work on with their friends. From fun sleepover totes to cute lunch bags, kids will love creating their own bags and totes and will want to show them off to their friends.  These DIY tote bags are easy and fun, so they're great for beginners or groups of kids with a wide age range.

  1. Tie Dye Lunch Bags
  2. Sunburst Tie Dye Tote
  3. Girl Stuff Tie Dye Tote
  4. Boys Stuff Bag
  5. NEW! Easy Tie Dye Owl Bag
  6. NEW! Dip Dyed Canvas Tote - video tutorial!
  7. NEW! Earth Day Tie Dye Tote


How to Make Tie Dye Shirts: 26 DIY Ideas


Forget anything you thought you knew about tie dye shirt patterns - it's time to learn how to tie dye a shirt that's unlike anything else. Discover why this craft is so popular - all you need is this roundup of tie dye ideas. Check out How to Make Tie Dye Shirts: 26 DIY Ideas and get inspired to create. The whole family can work on these tie dye designs, so it's a bonding tool.




Miscellaneous Tie Dye Designs

Looking for tie-dye techniques that are unique and different?  Check out this grouping of random yet awesome tie dye patterns.  From beautiful paper flowers to Peep Pillows that are perfect for Easter, these tie dye project ideas are sure to inspire your creativity...and might even motivate you to try something new!

  1. Tie Dye Easter Peeps
  2. Tie Dye Paper Towels
  3. Tie Dye Roses
  4. Tie Dye Earth Day Eggs
  5. Tie Dye Gift Tags
  6. Tissue Paper Tie Dye Project
  7. Tie Dye Beach Cover Up 

Tie Dye Beach Cover Up

  1. NEW! How to Tie Dye a Beach Towel - video tutorial
  2. NEW! Quirky Tie Dye Bracelet - video tutorial
  3. NEW! Dipped Shorts Tie Dye Technique - video tutorial
  4. NEW! Watermelon Tie Dye Design - video tutorial

How to Make a Recycled Tie Dye Bracelet

Use tie-dye techniques to design a cute bracelet in just minutes. This kid-friendly craft is a fun after-school activity or weekend boredom buster.



Tie Dye Techniques

Ombre Tie Dye Techniques

There are so many cool tie dye techniques to learn!  With some unique tie dye folding techniques, you can create really neat tie dye patterns that look professionally made.  These can be used on any material, but work really well on clothing, such as tee shirts, or large pieces of fabric, like pillow cases, towels, and blankets.

  1. Ombre Tie Dye Techique
  2. Folding Tie Dye Technique
  3. Sunburst Technique
  4. Salt Resistant Tie Dye Technique
  5. Gradation Tie Dye Technique
  6. Painting Tie Dye Technique
  7. Resist and Drape Tie Dye Technique
  8. Sponge Technique

Sponge Tie Dye Technique

  1. Batik Tie Dye Technique
  2. Bullseye Tie Dye Technique
  3. Crumble Tie Dye Technique
  4. Heart Tie Dye Technique
  5. Stripe Tie Dye Technique
  6. Splatter Technique
  7. Swirl Tie Die Technique
  8. NEW! Simple Vibrant Tie Dye Design
  9. NEW! How to Batik
  10. NEW! Spider Tie Dye Design

The Best Tie Dye Fabric

Something important you should know about tie dye is what the best tie dye fabric is to use! Short answer: fabrics that take dyes the best are natural fabrics. Cotton is far and away the most common, but other natural fibers that work well include silk, hemp, and rayon. 

Sometimes it can be challenging to find fabrics that are 100% made from natural fibers. You'll want to get as close to 100% as possible. A 90/10 ratio is fine blended with polester or lycra, but if the blend more like 50/50, the color may become faded.

Your standard tie dye will not work on synthetic fibers. This includes the thread of the tee shirt if the shirt is cotton but the thread is polyester! Your shirt will dye perfectly but the thread will remain white. 

BONUS: Tie Dye Your Shorts!

Upcycled Tie Dye Denim Shorts

Upcycled Tie Dye Denim Shorts 

Use traditional tie dye techniques to turn a boring pair of shorts into a cool wearable piece of art. Create the clusters using rubber bands and red dye - it takes less time than a trip to the mall.


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I love tie and dye patterns...they're so fun and easy to do. I love that you can dye almost anything you own except for furniture. Its a very easy craft to do...very colorful and you get to choose what color you want to decorate with. If I could tie and dye my carpet, I'd probably do it.

Me and my little ones are absolutely obsessed with tie dye shirts. Most of all I think they love making a mess of the dining table. But this is a great idea for a rainy day or just a regular Saturday with the wee ones! Thanks for the clear and precise instructions it makes it easy to follow for newbies like myself! It's also a great project for those who do summer camps. If you section of groups into teams and give each team an array of colours they can make team shirts and can even add fabric paint to further customize their tops and even add team names! Get messy and have fun!!

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These patterns are amazing. We love to tie dye in our house. Can't wait to try some of these.

I have been a fan of tie-dye since I was a teenager in the '70's. But I have never done it myself. Thanks for such an informative article instructions! #bestideaever


This is so wonderful to have all these tutorials and kits available. I have always loved tie dye and I am excited to try some new things I have not done. It is the perfect combonation of color and design. Thank you Fave Crafts. #FaveCraftsTieDye

Tie die is so much fun #FaveCraftsTieDye

Thank you very much for this wonderful resource! #FaveCraftsTieDye

I just love all of these beautiful projects. I've always wanted to do this, but never have.Sure hope I win!

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Like the idea of tie and die ones. It is a great way to revamp my boy's things for my baby girl. Great recycling idea!FaveCraftsTieDye

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There were SOOOO many GREAT and FUN ideas, I had to SAVE this Project Page so I can GO BACK to it for more ideas on patterns and techniques!! THANK YOU FAVECRAFTS!!! You NEVER disappoint!! FaveCraftsTieDie

So many possibilities! I love doing tie dye with my sons. FaveCraftsTieDye

Nice to have lottsa options for different projects. I'm liking this idea.

Great way to spend quality time with the kiddo's! Fun fun fun FaveCraftsTieDye

Wow so many things to do FaveCraftsTieDye

Uh oh! Watch out everyone! Going to be tie-dying everything I can get my hands on this summer! ) FaveCraftsTieDye!


@greenbeetles15 366 0566 thanks for your entry for our contest. Unfortunately, this comment will not be eligible as you must leave a comment in addition to the hashtag. Just tell us a story about tie dyeing or how much you like the projects on the page. Thanks! -Kaylee, Editor of

Oh wow can't wait to try these. Love the tie dye look but never tried it these look so easy. Thanks so much off to tie die FaveCraftsTieDye

(FaveCraftsTieDye) never knew you could tie dye so many things watch out here i come lol

FaveCraftsTieDye wow ft teat ideas. Lovely patterns. I love the tie dye skirt and tie dye apron patterns. Great techniques for designs.

It is great to have all these ideas in one spot. Some were ideas I had not seen before. There is something for everyone. FaveCraftsTieDye

Wow, I didn't know tie dye could be so versatile! I'd love to try some of these projects out! FaveCraftsTieDye.

So many unique fun ideas! Can't wait to try some of them! FaveCraftsTieDye

FaveCraftsTieDye. It took me so long to figure out how to do the different colors but now I use the squeeze bottles. LOL I was a 70's child and tried that way and had to reform.

I love tie dye FaveCraftsTieDye.

I would be happy if my whole closet was tie dye... FaveCraftsTieDye.

WOW. That's a lot of DIYs to do. I'll be busy for years! FaveCraftsTieDye

Haven't tiedyed in years. What a wonderful resource! FaveCraftsTieDye

I haven't done this since I was a teen in the 70s- yeah it's been that long. I bet my grands would have a blast, thanks for the great ideas. FaveCraftsTieDye

Wow! So many patterns ideas. I don't know where to begin. I need to learn how to tie-dye this is a great place to start

FaveCraftsTieDye I love the tie dyed tee pee! My grandchildren would have loved this to play in when they were younger. A great project that we could have accomplished together with the wonderful instructions you have provided on how to tie dye using to many different techniques and patterns. Now that they are teenagers, I would love to win this gift package to tie dye some cool t shirts with them.

I have never tie-dyed but my 12 yr old grandson did in school. He loves the tie-dye tops I wear and did a good job on his project so we decided to do some at home together. We have the white shirts, just need to get the supplies so it would be awesome to have a kit like this. And now I know where to go for tips and ideas when we get ready to be creative! FaveCraftsTieDye

FavecraftsTieDye. It has been a long time since I did tie dye. It was in elementary school and It was a tee shirt with 3 different colors. It was in class for a school project. We wrapped string around it instead of the rubber bands which I think is a better option. This is such a easy craft to do with a child or grand kid. Can make the shirt your own. Anyone done this with there grand kids yet?

FaveCraftsTieDye. What DOES make tie dye so groovy? Tell me, tell me please!

FaveCraftsTieDye. I like the teepee! Too bad I don't have little ones any more.

This is a lot of neat projects. It's easier to save this collection page than each project individually. I've tie dyed scarves and bracelets before. They turned out great (surprisingly)!

I have dyed pillow cases, cardigans, headbands, shirts (obviously), and I've always wanted to tie-dye a dress.

I have never done tie dye before but one day I would like to try it it looks kind of cool.

Hi rainbowpearls 6721 796! I highly recommend it. We have a ton of free eBooks and tutorials if you need some help. -Kaylee, Editor of

Love my tie-dye! I still have some my old, well-worn stuff!

I love tie-dyed clothing! Love all the neat colors in one garment!!

I love tie-dye dresses and skirts because it's a great way to rejuvenate your wardrobe without a huge outlay, and it's fun to create the different looks too!

Never attempted tie dyeing cloths before, if I was to give it a try I would try it on something small, like a handkerchief. The instructions seem easy to follow.

I absolutely adore tie-dye shirts with matching headbands.

We did a tie dye birthday party for my granddaughter. We even had tie dyed cupcakes! It was fun to see how each child's t-shirt and the baby's onesie turned out, when they all used the same colors, just placed the rubber bands in different places.

The tie dye scarves are beautiful and stylish. I have learned such a variety of techniques! Thanks..

Adults love tie dye, too. Anything I get a spot on that I can't get out gets tie dyed! Poof! Spot gone.

I have never tie dyed anything yet but from looking at the patterns it is something I would definitely like to try. Maybe a tee shirt for starters.

I love tie dye projects. Keep them coming!

Love to do tie dye projects in the summer with the kids. What a great list!

My only comment about this, is that I'd really like to see the end result on the same page as the instructions. And it's all instruction pages. Not only this page, but most pages. Would be the frosting on the cake, so to speak. :-)

This is an awesome suggestion, Jaineycakes46! We will definitely keep it in mind while we make more tie dye projects and tutorials. I know I love seeing pictures too. - Kaylee, Editor of


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