Easy Tie Dye Patterns and Folding Techniques

Easy Tie Dye Patterns and Folding Techniques

These easy tie dye folding techniques and step-by-step pictures will help you make beautiful and unique tie dye patterns. The crumple technique, the spiral pattern, and the bullseye design are some of the designs I will show you how to make.

All of the essential tips and tricks you need to know to get beautiful bright colors and cool designs will be shared by me.

About Tie Dye

Tie-dye is known for its bright colors and bold patterns. It is one of those crafts that never seem to go out of style.

Tie-dye is easy to do. To tie dye a shirt, fold up the fabric and secure it with rubber bands. If you want to apply color, dip the shirts in buckets of dye or squirt liquid dye from squeeze bottles.

To learn more about tie-dye, including how to prepare, tie, dye, and wash tie-dyed garments, read my article here: How to Tie Dye.

You can make a lot of different patterns by folding and tying fabric in different ways. The folds, rubber bands, and ties keep the dye out of the fabric. Part of the fabric that doesn’t get dyed will create the design.

Easy Tie-Dye Folding Techniques

In this article, I will show you how to tie some of the most popular tie-dye patterns, such as the rainbow swirl pattern, shibori-inspired designs, and more. We will cover the tie-dye patterns.

Click on the links to see the design. All of the tie-dye designs have step-by-step pictures.

How to Tie Dye for Beginners

Let’s review the basics of tie-dye first.

Get your work area set up. If you have to, pre-soak your garment. Tie your garment. Read more on that below. Let the dye grow. The garment is ready to wear.

There are a few tricks you need to know to get the best results from tie-dye. Check out my How to Tie-dye video for an in-depth look at how to tie-dye.

Best Tie Dye Supplies

A pale, lackluster design that washes the first time you put it in the laundry can be compared to a bright, colorful design that washes the first time you use it.

Fiber reactive dye is the best type of dye to use. This type of dye is easier to use than other dyes. It works with cotton and line natural bran.

Tulip One-Step Dye kits are recommended for beginners.

If you’re looking for more color options or a more professional quality dye, I recommend ProcionMX dyes.

Things to Dye

You can dye cotton shirts, sweatshirts, socks and shoes. Make sure the items you buy are made from 100% natural fiber for the best result.

Tie-Dye Patterns and Folding Techniques

You can use a lot of different techniques to create unique designs. You can use tie-dye to create a number of designs.

1. Spiral or Swirl Tie Dye

To make a rainbow spiral or swirl tie dye shirt

You can start by pinching the center of the shirt. Hold on to the small section while you twist the shirt. Keeping your fingers close to the surface of the table will help keep the spiral flat. The rubber bands should be secured over the center of the disc. The tighter you bind the shirt, the more white there will be. Apply a different color of dye to the edges. To get a rainbow spiral design, apply the dye in the rainbow.

2. Scrunch or Crumple Tie Dye

To make a crumple tie dye.

Lay the shirt down. Then, make a mess of the fabric. All of the fabric is gathered into a tight disk. There are rubber bands around the disk. There will be more white areas in the final shirt if you keep it tight.

The video of the scrunch technique can be found in this post.

3. Bullseye Tie Dye Pattern

To make a large bullseye design:

Put the shirt on the table. The shirt has a small section at the center. The bullseye should be off-center if you want it to be. Pull the pinched fabric up to a point and smooth the rest of the shirt to create a skinny cone shape. The rubber bands start about an inch below the point of the cone. You can add as many as you want. Apply alternating colors of dye.

4. Sunburst Design

The design is similar to a bunch of small animals. To make a pattern.

Put the shirt on the table. Pull a small section of fabric up to create a cone. Wrap a rubber band around the small cone of fabric, which is 1/2 to 1 inch down from the point. To create another cone, pinching a small section of fabric. Put a rubber band on it. You can make as many as you want.

5. Horizontal Stripes

To make horizontal stripes:

The shirt can be folded in a series of accordion folds. You can make a paper fan by folding the folds back and forth. The rubber bands should be placed every 1 to 2 inches. In alternating sections, apply dye colors.

6. Diagonal Stripes

To make diagonal stripes:

The shirt can be folded in a series of accordion folds. You can make a paper fan by folding the folds back and forth. Try to keep the left sleeve in line with the rest of the folds. The rubber bands should be placed every 1 to 2 inches. In alternating sections, apply dye colors. The shirt in the pictures above is a color block design.

7. Vertical Stripes

Horizontal stripes are very similar to vertical stripes.

The shirt can be folded in a series of accordion folds. You can make a paper fan by folding the folds back and forth. The rubber bands should be placed every 1 to 2 inches. In alternating sections, apply dye colors.

8. Square Box Folds

The diagram on the left is where the blue shirt is located. To make square folds.

The table has a shirt on it. The shirt can be folded in a series of accordion folds. I made them about 3.5 inches wide. You can make bigger sections if you want. The edges of each fold should be pressed well. The shirt should be folded in a series of accordion folds. I made them 3.5 inches wide. The bundle of fabric should be square. There are two squares of cardboard. Put rubber bands on well. You can either dip the bundle in a bucket of dye or use a squeeze bottle. Make sure to use enough dye to saturate the fabric when using a squirt bottle.

9. Triangle Folds

The previous design starts the same way. The folding diagram on the right is what you should reference in the pictures above. To make a triangle.

The table has a shirt on it. The shirt can be folded in a series of accordion folds. Each fold was 5 inches wide. The edges of each fold should be pressed well. Next, put the shirt in a triangle. This is familiar if you have folded a flag. Back over at a 45-degree angle. Back over at 45 degrees. All of the fabric needs to be folded. The bundle of fabric should be triangular. There are two triangles of cardboard. Put rubber bands on well. You can either dip the bundle in a bucket of dye or use a squeeze bottle. Make sure to use enough dye to saturate the fabric when using a squirt bottle.

10. Mandala aka Kaleidoscope Tie Dye

A design with multiple lines of symmetry is what you will be creating. To apply the dye, you need to fold the shirt into a wedge shape and apply it. You can see the kaleidoscope pattern when you unfold the shirt. To make a design.

Place the shirt on the table. Place it in half. Next, fold in half again. The shirt is being folded. The diagram shows how to fold the shirt in half. The shirt is folded. The shirt should be folded along the diagonal line following the diagram. The shirt is being folded. Put rubber bands on it. You can apply the dye in different colors.

11. Heart Tie Dye

You can make a tie-dye heart in the middle of a shirt with a little patience. Here is how to make a heart.

Next, lay the shirt down. The shirt should be folded in half. A heart shape can be drawn with a marker. At one end of the line, begin making accordion pleats. The marker line appears straight on the top of the folds if you follow along the drawn line. The pleats will be made a little deeper on the outside section and a little deeper on the inside section to accommodate the curve of the line. A thick rubber band should be used to secure the pleats. Add more rubber bands on the inside or outside sections as you please.

12. Rainbow Tie Dye

A rainbow shape is very similar to a heart. This is how to make a rainbow.

Next, lay the shirt down. The shirt should be folded in half. Draw a rainbow arch with a marker. At one end of the line, begin making accordion pleats. The marker line appears straight on the top of the folds if you follow along the drawn line. The pleats will be made a little deeper on the outside section and a little deeper on the inside section to accommodate the curve of the line. A thick rubber band should be used to secure the pleats. Add more rubber bands on the inside or outside sections as you please. To create a traditional rainbow color scheme, apply the dye in rainbow

13. Chevron Tie Dye

The diagonal stripe designs that we learned above are variations of the chevron design.

Next, lay the shirt down. The shirt should be folded in half. You can draw half of a V-shape with a marker. You can either position it higher or lower than me. At one end of the line, begin making accordion pleats. The marker line appears straight on the top of the folds if you follow along the drawn line. A thick rubber band should be used to secure the pleats. Add more rubber bands on the inside or outside sections as you please. Add a couple of colors of dye to make a color block. You can apply dye in small sections.

14. Ombre Dip Dye

I think it would look great with some thin accordion folds, though you don’t have to fold the fabric. To make a design.

There is a bucket of dye. The dye will work its way up the fabric as it sits in the dye bath. You can change the color of the dye on the other side of the fabric.

15. Striped Tie Dye Socks

Tie dying socks are similar to shirts in that you have a smaller canvas to work with. To make a pair of socks.

Pull the two socks together and fold them in half. There is a rubber band on the socks. Each section has a color of dye.

16. Swirl Dye Socks

Since socks don’t have a lot of surface area, it’s hard to get a spiral. I really like the way this technique is used. To make tie dye socks.

There are two socks. To twist, pinch a small section. When the socks coil up on themselves, you should keep twisting. Put rubber bands on it. Thewedges are formed by the criss-crossed rubber bands with different colors of dye added.

17. Crumple Dye Socks

The easiest way to dye socks. They can either be a pair or a single.

Put the socks down first. Then, cut the fabric into small pieces. Put the socks into a flat disk by folding them. There are rubber bands around the disk. You can apply the dye to any color.

Bonus: Ice Dye

Traditional tie-dying techniques can be changed into ice dying. I love the way it creates designs. Ice tie dye uses powdered dye to cover a pile of ice cubes. To learn how to ice dye, click here.

You can use a lot of these folding techniques. Don’t miss my articles about How to Bleach Tie-Dye a Sweatshirt and 5 Folding Techniques for Bleach Tie Dye.

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