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

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.
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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. Yours turned out great. I gave it a try and mine came out with horns. HA


  2. this is totally cute, love it!!! Im going to try this, thank you

  3. This is so cute!!!! And your model is even cuter!!! :)


  4. I would totally wear this super cute shirt! Love it.

  5. Hey, new follower from the GYB Blog Hop. I love this, it’s so cute! I can’t wait to give it a try. :)


  6. Adorable. Brought back such great memories from my own childhood and my daughter’s. I’m visiting from Bloggy Moms. Stop by and see me at http://www.pushingonarope.com

  7. We did tie dye last summer…I didn’t know we were supposed to soak in vinegar after…they got all muddled when we washed them :( but the kids had a blast!

  8. These are really cute! I have a tie dye kit I got to do onesies that I haven’t used yet, despite the fact that we haven’t used a onesie in well over a year. I’ll have to try to fit this in.

  9. That is precious. I have tie dyed before but I’ve never come close to anything like that. My first tie dye shirt was when I was in the Brownies. We only had orange dye, and I must admit I didn’t like it too much. Now yours is amazing! Nice job! I love it. Maybe I can try again. Thank you for sharing. Stopping by and a new follower from Our Everyday Harvest’s weekend blog hop. Hope you can stop by too. http://heresmytakeonit.blogspot.com/

  10. Wow! I am impressed! You did such a great job on the shirt. It’s super cute!

    So happy to have you link up at this week’s Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop!

  11. This looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing. Found you on Our Everyday Harvest’s Weekend blog hop. Hope you can stop by my blog http://www.themommyreviews.org

  12. They turned out great! Super cute!!

  13. These are so cute! I have not tie-dyed anything in years. You made it look so easy. I am your newest Facebook fan and GFC follower. I wanted to thank you for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment on my Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls. I hope you’ll visit again and maybe even follow me back. Have a wonderful week!

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  15. This is really, really adorable! Love that a boy can rock it!

  16. Hello from a new Follower from Greece :) This is so perfect !!! I am gonna try it one of the following days ! Greetings – Julia

  17. I’m so impressed! My tie dye attempts never turned out that cute! 😉 Great job.

  18. Awesome, pinned! You should share your shirt tie dye project with RIT if you used that. I did and got a feature:) New follow. Follow me back at http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/valentine-tie-dye.html

  19. I love these! So cute! Thanks for sharing.

  20. My kids would LOVE this! So cute and great tutorial!

  21. oooo I love that this is on the back too!!! New follower! :o) and I’ve pinned this…

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  22. 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 :)

  23. So cute kara!! featured you tonight at Monday Funday!

  24. Kara, these are SO cute! I love how great the heart looks. :)

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

  26. This is the coolest! I’ve never been able to make fun shapes before, but you make it look easy. :-)

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  27. 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.

  28. 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!!!

  29. 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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