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How To Make Tie-Dye Baby Clothes

Updated on May 15, 2013

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Tie-Dye for Baby....So Cute!

My fifth grandchild is due this fall. This will be my youngest son, and his wife's first baby. They have decided not to find out the gender. This is actually fun. It leads to searching for cool baby items, that work for either a girl or a boy. Tie-dye fits the bill perfectly.

Plain white "onesies", T-shirts, receiving blankets, burp cloths.... All can be quickly, and easily tie-dyed.

Supplies Needed

  1. Plain white onesies, T-shirts, blanket, dress, etc.
  2. Dye packets in colors desired. I used Rit powder. There are other brands, and forms of dye to choose from, and would work as well.
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Large washable pot, or bucket, to put dye bath in, or (zip lock bags if using spray dye). I used a large stew pot, then washed well afterwards. You would not want to use anything that you wouldn't mind stained.
  5. Tongs. Needed to grab fabric out of the dye bath.
  6. Salt

Fold for stripes

Rubber banding for pattern

Designing Your Tie-Dye

Tie-dye clothes may look like they are totally random patterns, but they are actually not. How you fold your clothing, and place your rubber bands on it, is what makes the pattern.

  • Circles - To make round tie-dye circle patterns, gather fabric to a point, and tightly place rubber bands a short distance apart on it. The size of your circle will depend on the size of your gather. You can make multiple small circles, by making multiple small gathers in the fabric.
  • Stripes - Accordion fold your fabric from side to side. Tightly wrap rubber bands down the length of your fold. These will be horizontal stripes. For vertical stripes, accordion fold from the top down.
  • Variety - Roll fabric in a ball. Put rubber bands all around the ball.

Tie-Dye Process

  1. Pre-wash clothing articles to be dyed. Leave slightly damp.
  2. Place rubber bands around clothing (as described previously), to make desired pattern.
  3. Prepare dye as per the packet instructions. Hot water method is easiest. Most baby clothes are cotton, so you will need to add salt per instructions. I only used 1/2 packet of the dye.
  4. Using tongs, place your clothes in the dye bath. Stir for 10 to 30 minutes, until desired color is obtained.
  5. Rinse in warm water, then gradually cooler water.
  6. Remove rubber bands, and rinse until clear. Wash with soap in warm water separately.
  7. An alternate method is to place dye in spray bottles. Spray clothing, and place in zip lock bag for 24 hours. Then rinse until clear, and wash.

Yellow Dye Bath

One of these will have a various pattern, and one will be circular.
One of these will have a various pattern, and one will be circular. | Source

Video Showing Color Variation Technique

Have Fun!

I hope you enjoy tie-dyeing your baby clothes as much as I did. You could also do baby sheets with these techniques. The possibilities are endless. I plan on trying tie-dyeing some plain fabric, and then making something out of it after dyeing.


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    • susansisk profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Sisk 

      5 years ago from Georgia, USA

      It is fun! Plan to make a few more in the coming months.

    • RTalloni profile image


      5 years ago from the short journey

      What fun it would be to play with designing patterns for tie dyed baby clothes--thanks!


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