Crumple Tie Dye Pattern


The Crumple Tie Dye pattern is also known as the Marble. This pattern is the least “tie-dye” looking tie-dye of them all. It’s very similar to the ancient batik style of fabric dyeing. That being said, it’s the easiest and most flexible of all the designs on this site. You can create some very cool shirts using this technique. Variations include using more than a single color or incorporating this technique into other designs.

  1. Lay your shirt out flat on your covered working surface.
  2. Crumple up the fabric into a mound
  3. Add rubber bands around the mound shape to keep the fabric together and prevent it from flattening back out while dyeing.
  4. The tighter you wrap the rubber bands around the mound, the more white marbling will be present in your final design
  5. Apply a single color of dye to the top of the mound of fabric
  6. Flip the mound over and apply dye to the other side

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

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