At last! As the Tie Dye Diva, I have created and sold my boutique-style tie dye for years. My shop was a success, but I hung up my dye-splattered apron for the last time and and I am now sharing my tips for this beautiful method of tie-dyeing. You'll learn the basics of tie dyeing from choosing tees, folding, tying, mixing dyes and creating custom colors, to applying the dye and curing and washing out. I'll show you step by step how to create three beautiful and popular tie dye patterns: perfect boutique hearts, Best Friends rainbow tees, and now, spirals too.
You'll learn how to get that perfectly shaped heart, how to control stray splatters and bleeds, and how to cure and wash out for a bright, bold, long-lasting effect. The Best Friends tees were a best seller for me, and now I am sharing exactly how to make this adorable matched set of rainbow tees with you.
Just like my sewing patterns, this 28-page PDF tie dye tutorial is full of step-by-step full color photos and helpful explanations and tips. A computer-drawn template is included, as well as a section on where to buy dyes and chemicals (it doesn't have to be online!) and variations you can create using the methods you'll learn when creating hearts and rainbows.
What you'll need: This tutorial is for creating professional grade tie dye with fiber reactive (Procion MX or Procion MX-type) dyes. They won't fade, run, or bleed when you are done. You will also need some other ingredients for the reaction, like soda ash, which you can buy at ay hardware or pool supply store or pool supply section of a big box retailer. Almost everything else you already have at home. I'll tell you exactly what you need, where to buy it (it doesn't have to be online!), how to use dyes and chemicals safely, and how to get beautiful results. I do not recommend that you use RIT or other craft kit dyes with these techniques.
You are not purchasing an actual tie dye item or a kit, but a PDF file that teaches you how to tie dye your own heart and rainbow tees.
Thank you to Jodi Friedman Photography for the studio photos!
I'm Jen Hagedorn, the designer behind Tie Dye Diva sewing patterns. My line of downloadable sewing patterns focuses on easy-to-sew and easy-to wear classic clothing designs for baby and child, with just a touch of whimsy like animal ears on fleece hats and ruffled bottoms on baby wear. I aim to make sewing a gratifying and educational process that gives you a result you're proud ...
I'm Jen Hagedorn, the designer behind Tie Dye Diva sewing patterns. My line of downloadable sewing patterns focuses on easy-to-sew and easy-to wear classic clothing designs for baby and child, with just a touch of whimsy like animal ears on fleece hats and ruffled bottoms on baby wear. I aim to make sewing a gratifying and educational process that gives you a result you're proud of.
Tie Dye Diva patterns was launched in 2007. The line currently features more than 70 unique sewing patterns for baby, children, adults and home. Besides the PDF format patterns you find on this site and at retail sites around the web, you can find Tie Dye Diva patterns in publications including:
Stash Books' Hat Shop: 25 Projects to Sew, from Practical to Fascinating (Design Collective), compiled by Suzanne Woods,
Wiley Press, Sewn Hats by Carla Hegeman, and Crim
Annie's Sewing Sew Special Baby Gifts.
I am also a workshop instructor here on Craftsy.com. My Twirl Skirt with Bloomers pattern workshop is a great way for beginning sewers to sew a beautiful garment with help available at every step of the way.
I live in Northern California with a supportive and patient husband who never complains about having serger tails sticking to his shirt, and 3 beautiful children who are great fit models, accomplished fabric-stash refolders and enthusiastic critics of my work. Come join me and many Tie Dye Diva patterns fans in our interactive group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/tiedyedivapatterns/