Heart Tie Dye Shirt {Perfect for Valentine’s Day}

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I’m so excited to share my latest project with you all!!

My friend Stephanie and I just finished making tie dyed Valentine shirts for our favorite little valentines and we couldn’t be happier with them.

I have to admit that I’ve never made tie dye clothing before and I had no idea how much fun it is!

heart tie-dye t-shirt
So, once again, if I can do it – you can definitely do it!!  The best part – it was super easy!  Once you get the rubber band around the heart, you can’t mess it up.
heart tie-dye t-shirts
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Want to make your own heart tie dye shirt?

All you need is a white shirt, two colors of tie dye (red and another color), rubber bands, paper to create heart template, washable marker, and water bottle.

Step 1:  Create a heart template.   We used a file folder.

Step 2:  Mist your shirt with water using a spray bottle.

Step 3:  Fold the t-shirt in half.  Place the folded heart along the fold of the t-shirt and use a washable marker to trace the heart on the shirt.

Step 4:  Now for the most important part – to create the heart correctly, start at the top part of the heart and slowly pinch and gather along the entire heart (accordion style). Then place a rubber band around the outline of the heart.  It is much easier than it sounds.

Step 5:  Add rubber bands about every 3-4 inches along the rest of the shirt.

Step 6:  Prepare the tie dye by following the directions on the box. I used black and red for Connor’s shirt and my friend used purple and red for her daughter’s shirt.

Step 7:  Cover the heart end of the shirt with the red tie-dye and the rest of the shirt with your second color. You could even add a third color of tie-dye if you want to.

Step 8:  Wrap tight in plastic wrap and let sit for 24 hours.

Step 9:  Wash and dry.

Step 10:  Admire your AWESOME heart tie-dye shirt.
tie-dye heart t-shirt
My favorite part is that the heart is on the front and back.  I was not expecting the heart to be on the back too so it just might be my favorite part.

This weekend we will be making tie dye shirts for ourselves because we love them so much!!

Have you ever tie dyed anything before?  I need some more ideas for fun ways to tie dye.

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  1. I do not at all feel confident that I could pull off the heart, but this turned out SO AWESOME that I’m going to try it anyway 🙂

  2. those are are awesome. It looks easy too. And your little model is quit handsome! I’m your newest follower!

  3. This is the coolest! I’ve never been able to make fun shapes before, but you make it look easy. 🙂

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  4. I am craft-challenged:)- can you help me figure out how you folded it to get the heart outline all lined up? Please??!!!! 🙂 I really want to do this with my Brownies.

  5. Thank you door sharing. I’m hoping to do this tomorrow with my girl scout troop and I know they will love it. Once again thank you for your awesome work and for sharing it with us!!!

  6. I really want to try this but I have never done any kind of dye stuff.
    Your instructions are fantastic. I have a couple of questions….
    1) How “wet” or saturated should the fabric be when I put the color on it??
    I would like the shirt to look pretty much the way yours does.
    2) Did you have your dye in bottles that you poured over the fabric, or in a container that you dipped the shirt into?
    3) Do I need to buy special rubber bands or will any work — even colored ones?
    Thanks in advance

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