Circle Pattern Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Create some spectacular colour effects with radiating circles. This easy tie-dye technique produces great results every time.

Circle Pattern Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Skill Level

Beginner. Adult supervision needed

Time to Make

1 hour + washing + drying time

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

Before you start:

Soak a T-shirt in a bowl of water then squeeze hard to remove as much water as possible, or rinse and spin dry the T-shirt in a washing machine. Follow the instructions in the kit for adding water to the dye bottle and applying it onto the fabric.

To make a circle pattern:

  1. Lay out the damp T-shirt flat on a clean work surface. Fold the T-shirt in half along the length, then in half again across the width so the T-shirt is folded into quarters. Fold the T-shirt diagonally along the middle, so the bottom edge to meets the side, fold again with another diagonal along the middle to make a thin, pointed shape.
  2. Wrap an elastic band around the fabric, 4-5cm around from the pointed end. Wrap more 4 or 5 elastic more bands along the length of the fabric.
  3. Cover your work surface with the polythene sheet from the kit then place a wire rack on top. Wear the gloves from the kit to protect your hands. Place the T-shirt onto the wire rack then squeeze coloured dye over the fabric. Squeeze colours between the elastic bands. Turn the T-shirt over to add more dye. Squeeze the fabric so the dye reaches inside the folds.
  4. Leave the T-shirt to dry for 6-8 hours on the wire rack. Remove all the elastic bands then open out the T-shirt. Leave it to dry out again if the middle is still damp.
  5. Rinse the T-shirt in water then leave it to dry out again. Cover the bag with a thin cloth then press with a warm iron.
Circle Pattern Tie-Dye T-Shirt Circle Pattern Tie-Dye T-Shirt Circle Pattern Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Top Tip

To make a target pattern with colour bands radiating from the middle, apply different dye colours between the elastic bands.

Tagged with: