Sunburst Tie Dye Technique

Sunburst Tie Dye Technique T-shirt

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: iLoveToCreate

Additional Information



  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye
    • Vibrant 
  • T-shirt, white 100% cotton
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Paper Towels


  1. Wash T-shirt to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener.
  2. Cover work surface with plastic. Lay damp shirt out flat on prepared surface, smooth flat with hands.
  3. Decide where you want sunbursts to be.  Pull 4” of fabric up into a tube shape and wrap a rubber band at the 2” point. Repeat along shirt for desired number of sunbursts.
  4. Wearing plastic gloves from kit, fill dye bottles with water to fill line. Shake until dye is completely dissolved. 
  5. Squeeze Fuchsia dye on tips of tube shapes and Navy Blue dye onto the remaining portions of shirt.
  6. Cover the shirt with the plastic tablecloth to keep damp and let set 6 to 8 hours or longer for most intense colors.
  7. Rinse well with water until excess dye is removed.  Cut rubber bands.  Fill washer to “large load” setting with hottest water suitable for fabric and a small amount of laundry soap.  Wash and dry separately.