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Ombre Tie Dye Technique

This ombre tie dye shirt will become the next staple in your closet!

Ombre Tie Dye Technique
Ombre Tie Dye Technique
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Learn how to tie dye using the ombre tie dye technique! This unique method creates the loveliest hues in your tie dye projects. Select your base colors and learn how to get that elegant gradient that is so popular in fashion and decor these days. This impressive technique creates a seamless effect you will adore when finished!

A spray bottle helps you use the ombre tie dye technique on fabric. This technique from I Love to Create shows a gradual change in color shade by adding water to the dye. Watch the video of this tie-dye technique below!


Add Water to the Bottle

  1. Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Do not dry dress.

  2. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Lay damp dress on prepared surface.

  3. Wearing rubber gloves, add water to dye bottle. Replace cap tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved.

Pour Dye into Spray Bottle

  1. Pour dye from bottle into spray bottle.

Pour Water into Spray Bottle

  1. Add water to fill bottle. Shake well.

Begin Spraying Dye

  1. Spray bottom half of garment first, applying dye about ¼ of the way up.

Fill Bottle with More Water

  1. Fill spray bottle with more water. Shake well.

Spray Another Shade

  1. Spray next to dark color and up to about midway on garment. Refer to photo.

Fill Bottle with More Water

  1. Fill spray bottle with water.  Shake well.

Spray Remaining Areas

  1. Spray remaining white areas of garment.

  2. Cover garment with plastic tablecloth. Let sit 4-6 hours. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry.

Ombre Tie Dye Video Tutorial

Are you a visual learner? Watch the video tutorial for another take on ombre tie dye.

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I just received a few bottles of dye as a gift and these instructions are perfect for using the dye. I can't wait to get started! Thank you.

Oops I forgot....I love tie dye!!! # FaveCraftsTieDye

Wow such an easy way to do an ombre effect! I love tie-dye

Thank you very much for these instructions! #FaveCraftsTieDye

FaveCraftsTieDye Beautiful color choice.

I would like to do this technique on a long dress. FaveCraftsTieDye

I love this idea for different shades of the same color. I had been wondering how to do this and know I know.

Very interesting - I never heard of this FaveCraftsTieDye technique!

Oh, this is simply genius. I really want to try this out on a few old shirts I have. They could definitely use a little spruce. FaveCraftsTieDye

I would love to try this ombre technique on a boring white t-shirt. This looks much easier than the dip dye method. FaveCraftsTieDye

Another way to create an ombre effect is by using gravity. Some years ago I got bleach on the bottom of a new t-shirt. I bleached the rest of the bottom to remove all the color. I rinsed it well to remove bleach residue, then I mixed pink fabric paint with water in a spray bottle and sprayed over the bleached area. I hung the t-shirt upside down so the paint flowed into the still (blue) colored area. I did the same to the top with yellow paint and water. After everything dried I added a black stencil design, then ironed the shirt to set the paint.

Hopefully I can post of picture of this shirt.

You are so creative! All I can do is copy! lol Thank you for posting a picture! I have a t shirt that I got bleach on, and it would be a good item to practice on.

Or dip the bottom 10 minutes, then move more 7 minutes, more 4 minutes, 2 minutes and then last for 30 seconds. You get the same effect.

I meant put bottom in the move up a few inches, and then a few more inches with those minutes seconds until you get to the top.


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