Pet Scribbles: Easy Off-Center Stripe Tie Dye Tutorial

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Easy Off-Center Stripe Tie Dye Tutorial

Hi everyone! Last week, I showed you my fun tie dye project where I used a resist to make some fun designs using Tulip's Tie Dye Kits. You can see the entire tutorial of the cute pale pinkish lavender top here. I was asked to try out the Tulip tie dye products by ILoveToCreate, and was having so much fun with them that I ended up creating 3 different Summer tank tops for me. And just in time for the heat wave headed our way later this week, too! 

As I mentioned in my previous tie dye post, each Tulip kit includes an awesome two-sided poster filled with tips and techniques:

And "folding" is one of the techniques explained on the poster:

Once I read the instructions, I did some internet surfing and found a helpful folding technique how-to video from Tulip here. After seeing the video, I definitely wanted to try this technique, and thought it would be fun to create an off-center stripe down the front and back of my top.

For materials and supplies needed for tie dying, definitely check out my previous tie dye post to see pictures and a list of everything you will need. As well, I used garment blanks that I purchased here.

For this technique, you want to start with a damp surface. And if your garment is new, make sure to wash it first before dying, with just a small amount of laundry detergent, to remove any sizing.


First, I turned in the sides, and turned down the top, to make more of a square-ish shape to begin folding.


Next, I folded the top in an accordian style - think of those paper fans you made as a child. You did make those, right?

Extreme close-up view of the accordian-style folds, as shown with the green lines.


Decide how many sections you want - I chose 7 sections as I purposely wanted an odd number - and rubberband every few inches.


Choose which sections will be dyed with which color, and apply the dyes to the garment. I wanted my vertical "stripe" to be on the side seam, as well as off-center on the shirt. I applied teal first, then the orange. Next, I wrapped it in the plastic and set it aside for 6 hours.


Time to rinse! I kept the rubberbands on during the initial phase of rinsing, and then removed them and continued rinsing until the water ran clear.


Time to wash! As you Set your machine to a large load setting, and use the hottest water appropriate for your garment with just a bit of laundry detergent. I actually used cold water, because that's just what I usually do with my Summer tops, and the top came out just fine. Pop the top into the dryer, again on whatever setting is appropriate, or just hang it up to dry.

That's it!

the front...
...and the back

I'm really happy with how this top turned out, and again - I am amazed at how easy it is to create some fun Summer tops in the trendy tie dye styles so popular right now!

For more tie dye inspiration, check out some fun projects and tutorials from some of my crafty blog friends, below.

Disclosure: I wrote a previous tie dye post (you can see it here) as part of a paid campaign with and Blueprint Social. This post is just me playing with the Tulip Tie Dye Kits a bit more as it was just that much fun!



  1. I never thought of folding the shirt width wise and then length wise. It makes a cool design.

    1. Thanks Lisa! I did the same technique on a t-shirt of my husband's and I think it came out even better, in a teal and lime green combo. Hoping he doesn't want it so I can wear it, although it will be a dress on me!

  2. So cute Laura plus I love the shape / style of the shirt you used.

    1. Thanks Carol! The shape/style is one of my favorites too: keeps me cool in the Summer and also a bit "forgiving" too...when I have a bit too much to eat at a BBQ!

  3. Hi Laura! Just stopping by to let you know I've featured this in a fun 4th of July round up on Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Oh wow Amanda - thank you SO much! I just went to check it out, and I'm honored to have my tutorial included among such yummy patriotic treats and fun projects! Happy (early) 4th of July! :)

  4. I love the tank. Where did you get it?

    1. Thanks for asking! You can click on the link in the paragraph that begins "For materials and supplies needed..." to see where I purchased my tie dye blanks.

  5. Where did you find your plain white racerback tank?

    1. You'll find the link in the 5th paragraph in the post above, that begins with, "For materials and suppplies..." :)

  6. Love tie dye and thinks these are so creative. I've experimented with this design type before and it turned out great too.


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