Spiral Tie-Dye T-Shirt

  • 01 of 08

    How to Make a Tie-Dyed T-Shirt With a Spiral Design

    Tie-dye t-shirt with spiral design
    Siede Preis/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

    Follow along with the steps in this tutorial and learn how to make a tie-dyed t-shirt by rolling your t-shirt into a spiral You can use vat dyeing techniques to make this t-shirt or spray the dye right onto the shirt.

    • Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

    The above age and time guidelines are estimates and may vary greatly depending on what dying agent you choose to use. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making...MORE this craft.

    The first thing you should do is gather together the supplies you need. Choose your dye (I used RIT powder) and the basic items that will be needed to use it. You will also need ​a clean t-shirt and some rubber bands.

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  • 02 of 08

    Twist Your T-Shirt to Make the Spiral Design

    Twist Your T-Shirt to Make the Spiral Design
    Twist Your T-Shirt to Make the Spiral Design. Sherri Osborn

    Start out by lying your shirt flat on your work surface. Using your fingers, carefully pinch the center of your shirt. Slowly start twisting your t-shirt so it ends up being a spiral.

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  • 03 of 08

    How to Tie Your T-Shirt in a Spiral Shape

    How to Tie Your T-Shirt in a Spiral Shape
    How to Tie Your T-Shirt in a Spiral Shape. Sherri Osborn
    Carefully wrap a couple rubber bands tightly around the outside of your t-shirt spiral. This will help it hold it's shape while you are drying it.
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  • 04 of 08

    Dyeing Your T-Shirt

    Dyeing Your Spiral Tied T-Shirt
    Dyeing Your Spiral Tied T-Shirt. Sherri Osborn

    Once tied, your t-shirt is ready to dye. I used a scarlet RIT powder dye to make this shirt. Follow the instructions on the package to dye your shirt. You can also consult these general dyeing directions.

    Once your shirt is dyed and then dried, you can wear it or even give it as a gift.

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  • 05 of 08

    Gathering The Supplies to Make Your Tie-Dye Spiral T-Shirt

    Gathering The Supplies to Make Your Tie-Dye Spiral T-Shirt
    Gathering The Supplies to Make Your Tie-Dye Spiral T-Shirt.

    Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:

    • Plain, White T-Shirt
    • Rubber Bands​
    • Newspaper​

    You will also need fabric dye. There are several varieties available from a very inexpensive RIT Powder to more expensive professional quality dies. Our first choice is usually RIT Powder as it is easy to find even at grocery stores.

    Now we can start.

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  • 06 of 08

    Preparing Your Work Surface

    Preparing Your Work Surface
    Preparing Your Work Surface.
    Cover your work surface with newspaper. The newspaper should be used on any surface that may come into contact with the dye.
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  • 07 of 08

    Preparing Your T-Shirt to Tie-Dye

    Preparing Your T-Shirt to Tie-Dye
    Preparing Your T-Shirt to Tie-Dye.
    It is almost always best to lay your t-shirt out flat on your work surface.
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  • 08 of 08

    Pinch Your T-Shirt to Make the Spiral Design

    Pinch Your T-Shirt to Make the Spiral Design
    Pinch Your T-Shirt to Make the Spiral Design.
    Pinch the center of your t-shirt and start twisting it.