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Fabric Dye Ideas: Doodling and drawing


Fabric dye ideas – doodling and drawing! Due to the lack of cool plus-size blouses at a lot of retail stores, I took matters in my own hands! Dharma Trading has a nice collection of plus-size dyeable blouses that work beautifully with fabric dye. Here is the finished look of a blouse I dyed by doodling!

What I love about this idea is that you can use it on all kinds of clothing or even pillowcases, etc. We always think of tie-dye as tieing up the clothing, but why now, just lay it flat and draw random designs.  I drew straight from the fine-tip bottle, but you could put the dye in smaller bottles with finer tips for more precision.


Fabric dye ideas: Doodling and drawing SUPPLIES: 

Rayon or cotton blouse (I used rayon)
Tulip One Step 18-Color Tie-Dye Kit

Plastic table cloth
Pre-wash your blouse to remove the sizing. Cover your work surface with a plastic covering.
I drew my design while the top was dry/damp, not wet/damp. There is a difference! Too wet, the dye will spread. And too dry, the dye will bead up and roll off. Go for a “dry damp” feel, then the die will go on nicely, like this!
Plan out your design ahead if possible. I didn’t. I just went for it.
It looks not-so-perfect at this stage, but it will all come together once we are done. The design of this blouse is big and square, which offered a lot of creative opportunity.
TIP: I drew on this shirt with the fabric damp dry. The edges stayed sharp and the colors didn’t bleed because of the fabric was only slightly wet.
Carefully place it on a hanger, and then let it air dry.  Slide on garbage bag or a dry cleaner’s bag. Let it set for six hours.
Wear gloves to keep your hands clean and then thoroughly rinse it in the sink until the water runs clear. Wash it in the machine in cold water and hang dry.

Other fabric dye ideas:

Use different application techniques:

Spray bottle

Squirt gun

Bubble blower


Drips and drizzle

Fabric dye powder.

I love how my new blouse turned out. Next time I want to use black fabric paint and outline the flowers. Light and bright, perfect for the summer season.

Sprinkled Powder Technique:

YouTube video


Okay, let me explain this one. For all my tie-dye projects, I always use powdered dye. Add water, shake, apply…You get the the gist.

In this case, we’re doing something different because we want variety! 

Dampen your shirt. Put on the the gloves, cover your work surface.

Open the package of powdered dye and sprinkle it on the damp shirt. You can even add salt for a cool effect.

The powdered dye will leave a gritty type of look, a change from the usual.

Thanks for checking out these fabric dye ideas!

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2 thoughts on “Fabric Dye Ideas: Doodling and drawing”

  1. Hi, Thank you so much for sharing what you do. I love the blouse. Would you be willing to tell me where you god it. I love the blouse even without the dye. I would love to get it and try my hand at doodling on it.


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