Circle Tie Dye Technique: For Easy Tie Dye Shirts and More

How to Tie Dye Shirts and Other Stuff
Using an Easy Circle Technique

Tie dye shirt using a great circle technique...While tie dye using the spiral tie dye technique is a little tricky and harder to know how it will turn out, this circle tie dye technique is easy to do and much more predictable.

Ease and predictability is what makes this circle tie dye technique especially desirable for both beginners and those making tie dye gifts, (less chance that your tie dye shirts, or whatever you are tie dying, will come out way different than you plan).


How to Tie Dye Using an Easy Circle Technique...


Girl's blouse for tie dye shirt project...Step 1. Garment Preparation

See tie dye instructions... don't forget the soda ash!

*This project is done on a nicely shaped girl's t-shirt from Walmart $2.88.

Step 2. Prepare Workspace

See tie dye instructions...

Step 3. Bind Fabric (A Circle Binding Technique)

Pinch Center of Design. First determine where you want the center of your circle design to be. Pinch this spot and bind a circle of fabric there with a rubber band. Use glove to touch fabric that is soaked in soda ash water.

Pinch soda ash soaked damp fabric in the spot you want your circles to start...Make a circle of fabric and bind with a rubber band...

Bunch and Bind. Now continue to bunch and bind the fabric at even intervals. Or not even... it's that easy!

Continue binding in intervals...Keep binding bit by bit until all the fabric is bound...

The circle will start where you made your first bind and continue outwards from there...

Last rubber band...Now you're done binding...

Bind until you run out of fabric to bind. You can do this with just about any garment you want...

Step 4. Prepare Dye

See tie dye instructions... use high quality dye!

Step 5. Dye Fabric

Apply dye liberally...Squeeze or pour dye as desired. Apply dye in the pattern of your choice. Alternate colors however you like.

Here you see the first color of dye applied right on the bindings and the second color of dye applied between each binding.

You can do this however you like and use as little or as many colors as you want. Apply plenty of dye to soak throughout the fabric.

Tip: I use a kitchen trash bag to both contain my mess as I dye and then to wrap my project in afterward...

Cover and allow fabric to set for 24 to 48 hours or more...

Step 6. Cover Fabric and Allow Dye to Set

See tie dye instructions...

Step 7. Rinse in Warm Water

Rinse garments in warm water to remove excess dye. Remove any rubber bands as you continue to rinse. Rinse until water runs nearly clear.

Rinsing tie dye shirt...Remove rubber bands and keep rinsing until water runs nearly clear...

Unveiling a tie dye shirt is so exciting!If rinsing multiple garments... When you're done rinsing each garment, put rinsed fabric on a clean plastic bag (or other plastic) and never let your various projects lay against each other at this stage, the dye will transfer at this point.

8. Wash and Dry Fabric

See tie dye instructions... don't forget to wash in Synthrapol!

Close up of tie dye shirt pocket...Wrapping this tie dye shirt...

If you'll be making tie dye shirts and other stuff, you'll also want to learn about the best tie dye supplies for vibrant, colorfast, permanent, washable, high quality tie dying...

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