Bullseye Tie Dye Pattern


The Bullseye Tie Dye pattern is one of the easiest and foolproof designs. It is difficult to make mistakes. The only way you can mess up this design is to put too much dye in each segment – so much that all the colors bleed together and become muddied, but you won’t do that if you follow our easy instructions. While this pattern is suitable for beginners, we suggest if this is your first tie-dye to limit your color palate to only 3-4 colors or else use variations of the same colors, like lighter or darker versions of the same color. Variations include the number of rings and segments in the bullseye, the size of the rings and even the place where the center of the ring will be.

  1. Lay your shirt out flat on your covered working surface.
  2. Pick the place that you want the center of your bullseye to be and pinch the fabric, pulling it up and away into a clump of fabric.
  3. The amount of fabric you pull and wrap the first time will determine the size of the center of your bullseye
  4. Now wrap a rubber band around the clump of fabric, or use a zip tie to secure it
  5. The tighter you wrap the rubber bands, the higher the chance you will get white lines in your design. Tight wraps also help prevent colors from bleeding across segments.
  6. Looser rubber bands will increase the chance of bleeding
  7. Slide your hand down the shirt, below the first rubber band, 1-2 inches and add another one.       The shirt will start to make a tube-like shape.
  8. Again, the size of the segment you create will determine the size of the next ring in the bullseye.
  9. Repeat this process until you’ve added all the rubber bands and segments that you want.
  10. Apply dyes to the different segments of fabric to color the rings of the bullseye.
  11. Once you have applied dye to all the segments of the shirt, add dye to the rest of the white fabric, below the last rubber band to color as desired.

To complete your design and shirt, follow the instructions listed on the Tie Dye Basics: Quickstart Guide page.

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