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Knotted Tie With Squirt-bottle Dye | T-Shirt Decorations

Knotted Tie-dye Technique

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

Try this unique tie-dye technique for a bright, beautiful T-shirt.


  • 100-percent-cotton T-shirt
  • Rubber bands
  • Buckets or dish tubs (4-quart minimum)
  • 2 or more colors of fabric dye
  • Salt (1 cup per dye bath)
  • Rubber bands and marbles and/or coins
  • Spray bottles and plastic squeeze bottles
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Latex gloves


Knotted Tie With Squirt-bottle Dye  - Step 1

1. Tie It

Grab a small section of the shirt, both front and back layers, and twist it as tightly as possible. Fold over the tip of the twist and fasten it snugly with a rubber band.

Knotted Tie With Squirt-bottle Dye  - Step 2

2. Make different-size twists all over your shirt, or keep them consistent and in a pattern to get results similar to the T-shirt above.

Knotted Tie With Squirt-bottle Dye  - Step 3

3. Dye It

Fill the bottles with the individually prepared dye baths and squeeze drops onto your shirt. If you use this technique on a knotted or marbled shirt, try squeezing one color onto and around each of the tied sections.