Print Project

Fabric Painted Tie Dye Shirts

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • old towel shower curtain or tablecloth
  • Simply Spray Fabric Paints
  • shirt
  • hanger


  • Start by placing an old towel, shower curtain, or dollar store tablecloth on the grass. Twist the shirt and lay it onto the covered surface.
  • Shake the can and spray. To avoid that “overspray” spotted look, begin spraying on the towel and hold the trigger down moving over the shirt. Keep holding the trigger and don’t release until you are off the shirt again and on the towel. This way any overspray affect will be on the towel instead of your shirt.
  • Turn the twisted shirt over and spray with a different color. I did the first side orange, then yellow on the other side.
  • You can twist sections of the shirt instead of the whole thing. In this step, I opened the shirt and grabbed areas of the shirt and twisted just that area.
  • Keep opening the shirt up to see your progress. You’ll actually be quite surprised at how much white is still showing! Here I used the “scrunch method”. Simply wad the shirt up as if it were a piece of paper you were throwing away. Scrunch it with your fingers, then spray. Spray with one or several colors. Experiment!
  • You can see I scrunched here and sprayed with 3 different colors.
  • Now open up the shirt and put it on a hanger. Let it air dry for 30 minutes.
  • To create the patchwork look, fold the shirt up into a square. Spray.
  • Turn over and spray with a different color. Open, fold, spray, open, fold, spray. Just keep going until you’ve covered the entire shirt!
  • Hang for 30 minutes. You’ll want to wait 72 hours before washing your painted shirts.