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COOLEST DIY Tie Dye T-shirt Bag

Posted by  ·  June 19, 2019  ·  Last Updated: June 19, 2019

Have you ever wanted to know how to tie dye? Let me walk you through step by step how to tie dye a shirt and then turn it into a cool tie dye t-shirt bag is super easy to make takes only takes minutes to sew.

We once had a tie dye party and had so much fun with  squirt gun tie-dye . Sharpie marker tie dye is another great technique kids love.tshirt bag tutorial

DIY  Tie Dye Shirts

I used Tulip One-Step Mini Tie Dye Kit (found at craft stores)  and a child’s medium t-shirt. We already had a One-Step Spray Dye set that my daughter wanted to try. The plain bottles are easier to handle, but she loved wanted to try the spray bottles! There are many tie dye techniques and some require extra ingredients like soda ash and special dyes. This is why these one step tips are so appealing.

Note: We did not prewash our shirt. Someone was in a hurry to get to the project. Normally I would always prewash any fabric before beginning a craft project. However, in this case, it didn’t seem to matter.
tie dye tshirt bag supplies

How to Tie Dye

To make a spiral tie dye shirt a fork is a really handy tool.  Place the fork in the center middle of the shirt. Press down firmly (without going through the fabric) and begin twisting. Twist until the entire shirt is in a spiral. hot to spiral tie dye Tightly wrap rubber bands around the shirt. how to spiral tie dye tutorial These tulip kits are super easy to use and include everything you need, even gloves! Just add water and you are ready to mix the dye and start dying. Be sure to wear those rubber gloves! Place dye in each section between the rubber bands. Make sure to really saturate the fabric. Placing the shirt on paper towels will keep the excess dye from running everywhere. There are many tie dye shirt patterns you can try. We love spiral tie dye patterns.

Allow to sit for about six to 24 hours. I typically place it in a plastic bag to keep from getting on other things.   Wash your shirt following manufacturer instructions. We placed the shirt in our washing machine (alone or with other tie dyed shirts) and washed with cold water.how to spiral tye dye shirt Once you have made your amazing tie dye shirt you are ready to turn it into a cool bag for the summer. spiral tie dye shirt

Tie Dye Ideas

What can you do with tie dye shirts?  How about turning it into a fun bag. You might want to make some shoes to match!

How to make a t-shirt into a bag

Lay the shirt out flat. Align edges of the sleeves and bottom of the shirt. spiral tie dye Carefully fold the shirt in half. Cut around the neck and sleeves. tshirt bag tutorial Open up the shirt. Turn shirt inside out and sew across the bottom of the shirt. tshirt bag how to copy Turn the shirt right side out and you have an amazing bag! tie dye t-shirt bag

Now you know how to make tie dye shirts (and bags) you might also like to have more fun with these 50 crafts and activities for hours of summer fun! If you are looking for more fun things to do this summer with your kids be sure to check out these fun crafts. Summer is a great time to learn how to sew. I even have a summer bucket list to print.

If you would like to do some sewing be sure to check out my kids sewing tutorials. I even have fun printable sewing sheets for sewing practice.


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  1. Saturday, June 15th, 2019
    Love this one! My daughter has been wanting to tye dye things for weeks! Thank you!
  2. Leesa Corbett
    Friday, April 15th, 2016
    Looks like fun to try with the grandkids when they come over for a sleepover.
  3. Carol
    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
    This would be cute turned into a dress. Just add a gathered skirt to it in a solid color to match.
    • Cindy Hopper
      Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
      Love the idea Carol to turn it into a dress!
  4. Tom S
    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
    I'd stitch the ends of the seams of the shoulders so they don't unravel.

    And if I were to do this, I'd sew a zipper to the cut end of the sleeve, sew the sleeve end shut, then sew it inside the bag, for 2 separate internal storage bags.

    I only have a couple dozen tie-dyes, though, so not sure if I can spare any.
  5. Thursday, July 10th, 2014
    Wow, I didn't know it was so easy. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun and easy project. My sister had these tie dye pillow cases made and they look awesomw. Now I can tell show her how to make her own!
  6. Friday, June 27th, 2014
    I just spent hours trying a few different tie dye methods. I wish I read this first! This is a cute little project, totally pinning!
  7. Denise
    Friday, June 27th, 2014
    So do you leave the edges of the neck and sleeves raw?
    • Cindy Hopper
      Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
      Yes Denise I did. I now have a serger and might serge the edge.
  8. Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
    I love this Cindy! So vibrant! I shared it on Facebook and it was a big hit :) https://www.facebook.com/CraftsbyAmanda/photos/a.353593675216.349539.323548680216/10154308901195217/?type=1
    • Sunday, June 29th, 2014
      Thank you I saw that post! I grabbed a few of yours to share as a thank you! They did well too!
  9. Susan Wilson/Minnie Mouse
    Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
    I just bought some tie dye kits and some shirts. Will be making some. Looks like fun and easy. Will try it with my grandkids. They will love doing this.. Thanks for the great tip..

    Minnie Mouse..
    • Cindy Hopper
      Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
      So glad you like it Susan!
  10. Amanda
    Friday, June 20th, 2014
    I've been doing this recently with my husband's old t-shirts (to use as reusable shopping bags). One tip I could add is to box the bottom corners of the shirt after you sew. Seems to give me a lot more room in them! Plus, I like the look it gives them. :)

    P.s.- awesome job on the tie dying! It looks so great!!
  11. Wildpuppy57
    Friday, June 20th, 2014
    Love this idea! Can't wait to make some of these - will make great gifts.
    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas!
  12. Victoria Tracey
    Thursday, June 19th, 2014
    Love your t shirt bag. I live in Tasmania, Australia & have never seen dyes such as these. Can you please tell me a web shop where I may purchase some please? Thanks Victoria
    • Friday, June 20th, 2014
      You can purchase them at Michaels Arts and Crafts online.
  13. Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
    I've been trying my hand at Tie Dying with Tulip and having so much fun. These bags are adorable.I also saw a no-sew version where you make fringes on the bottom of the shirt which you then tie together. I think I may be making a few of both! Thanks so much for the idea.
  14. Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
    Such a cute idea! Going to be making these with my kids this summer!
  15. Candie
    Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
    Really neat!!
  16. Emily
    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
    From where do I buy the one step spray dye kit in India??? Please tell....
    • Friday, June 20th, 2014
      You can order online from Michaels Arts and Crafts. I hope this helps.
  17. Friday, June 13th, 2014
    Oh wow I live everything about your tshirt bag. And the colors are so vibrant. Thanks for the swirling tip!!!