tie dye rainbow yarn

DIY Tie Dye Rainbow Yarn


tie dye rainbow yarn

This DIY tie dye rainbow yarn project is BRILLIANT! If you are an avid crocheter, knitter or fiber artist, you’ll love this method. I’ve made this tie dye rainbow yarn several times and the whole time i’m using it,  I feel so excited and proud. We all love tie dye but sometimes we want to go beyond the shirt or dress and do something different. That’s where this idea comes in. 

Make it your own

I used every color in the tie dye kit, but you can create ombre style yarn or your favorite solid colors. Talk about custom fine tuning! Okay, let me go into this!

tie dye rainbow yarn
What you need to make tie dye rainbow yarn:
Tie Dye Kit
Grid (cookie cooling tray) to lift yarn off surface of table
Spray bottle of water
String or rubberbands
NOTE:  You MUST use cotton yarn, or silk or rayon – natural fibers. Polyester yarn will not take the dye. 
Line your work area with a plastic tablecover and cookie cooling tray on top.
Unwind the skein and wrap it around your elbows. Spray the yarn with water to make it very wet, then blot it with paper towels.
tie dye rainbow yarn
Mix up the dye colors according to package directions, put on plastic gloves.
Set yarn on top and add one color at a time, section by section. You can use the spray dye or the bottle dye, either will work.
tie dye rainbow yarn
Cover with plastic, let set for six hours.
Unwrap, tie loosely with large rubberbands or string, put it in a mesh laundry bag and rinse until the water runs clear. Wash it in the machine and then remove from the mesh bag and spread it out in the bundle to dry.
tie dye rainbow yarn
Wrap in a ball.
Enjoy your new tie dye rainbow yarn!



Reggae-inspired Crochet Bag (plus some rockin’ grooves)


What happens when you listen to reggae while you to crochet? You end up making a crochet bag in reggae colors! My husband has led a Phoenix reggae band for years, and for the first ten of those, I was his manager. I’ve seen hundreds of bands, front row, dancing and cheering, swaying all dub style. I’ve bought every kind of red, yellow and green clothing article and accessory I could find! Back in the day, I used to crochet reggae tams (hats) and sell them. I don’t do that any more, but I do love to incorporate the colors in my crafting.

Not only am I sharing how to make this bag, but also one of my favorite new bands – Locos Por Juana! Great grooves for crafty jam sessions!

Click here to hear their music!


Supplies: Tulip One-Step Dye in red, yellow and green. Three skeins of white cotton yarn, plastic table cloth, gloves and rubberbands.


1. Unwind each yarn skein and wrap each one around your elbow and thumb.

2. For each bundle, use two rubber bands from the dye box to section off three areas.

3. Wet the yarn and wring it out.

4. Cover your workspace with disposable plastic table cover.

5. Mix dye following package instructions.

6. Set out the three bundles on the table. Dye the left section of each bundle with Red. Dye the middle sections Yellow, followed by Green in the last sections.

7. When the bundles are thoroughly saturated, wrap each one in plastic wrap and let set 6-8 hours.

8. Rinse yarn in sink until the water runs clear. Add new rubber bands, then run through wash cycle in washing machine and then dry on light tumble setting in dryer.

9. Wrap each yarn bundle into a ball.

10. Chain 35 crochet stitches.

11. Turn, chain up two and double crochet 35 stitches, repeat for 30 rows.

12. Fold the bottom end up and crochet single stitches up the sides to connect. Turn the bag inside out.

13. Crochet the strap: Crochet 70 chains stitches, turn, chain one and crochet double stitches all the way across.

14. Cut a piece of yarn 35” and use a yarn needle to stich the strap to the inner sides.

15. Fold the top flap over to complete the look of the purse.