Dip Dyed Fabric Garland { A Tulip Tie Dye Tutorial }

Dip Dyed fabric garland
Bonnie and I have really had some amazing opportunities over the last few months and we are so excited to share a fun Tulip Tie Dye project we have been working on!  Just be warned… this is not your hippie aunt or your tween’s version of tie dye! 
Dip Dyed fabric garland
    The kind folks at I Love to Create sent us their rainbow tie-dye kit and surface cover by Tulip.  We were to create something that goes beyond your normal tie-dye t-shirt design and boy was my mind spinning!  
Dip Dyed fabric garland

My first decision was what technique to use.  The above picture shows some of the most popular tie-dying techniques.  I love the ombre look, but I went a little different avenue to get there… dip dying! You should totally check out the I Love to Create site for all of their amazing project ideas and even more techniques. Now to choose what to make!

Dip Dyed fabric garland

With the weather getting hot and vacation on the horizon, I knew I wanted to do something coastal using beach-inspired colors.  I decided to make a  flowy fabric garland out of burlap and dip dyed cotton.  I had the perfect gauzy scarf that needed a little color and thought it would be beautiful with varying shades of teal at each end.  If you don’t have a white scarf, any gauzy fabric will do, but make sure it is 100% cotton. 

Here is how I dip dyed the scarf…Supplies: 

Tulip Tie-dye Kit
Tulip Surface Cover
 100% white cotton  scarf or fabric,prewashed

Dip Dyed fabric garland

1.  First, I decided how far up the scarf I wanted the color to go and I tightly secured a rubber band at the top.  { mine actually bled a little beyond the rubber band while drying, so just be aware }

Dip Dyed fabric garland

2.  Let’s get the area where you will be working all covered up!   I used Tulip’s surface cover and also the gloves that were included in the kit.  Tie-dying is messy, so  I would suggest doing your project close to a sink, with lots of paper towels on hand, and wearing gloves at all times.  I layed the cover over my counter that was next to my kitchen sink.

Dip Dyed fabric garland

3.  Now you want to mix your fabric dye.  You should follow the directions on the package for the best results. Our kit was comprised of primary colors, so we mixed the blue with a little green and mixed it in a metal bowl until it resembled the teal color.  Then, I used popsicle sticks to test the color. From this, I knew whether I needed more of one color or if I needed to add water to the mixture. You can see the actual sticks in the picture above. 

Dip Dyed fabric garland

4.  Now it is time to dip!  Take a deep breath and dip the scarf all the way into the bowl with the die until you get close to the rubber band.  You will then begin pulling the fabric back out a little bit at a time and squeezing the excess liquid dye as you go.  I let the very bottom portion to soak about 5 minutes so it would be much darker than the top. 

Once you have finished with the dye, you will put the colored section in a ziploc baggie and let it dry for 4-6 hours per the included instructions.  After that, you will rinse the dyed portion and let line dry. 


Dip Dyed fabric garland
I could not have been more pleased with the color and was so eager for it to dry! Now to turn it into this beautiful garland! 
Dip Dyed fabric garland
Here is how I made the fabric garland…
Dip Dyed fabric garland
Dip Dyed Scarf
 Natural linen (not pictured)
Dip Dyed fabric garland
1.  The first thing you want to do is cut your strips of the scarf and the linen.  I simply cut the scarf in half and cut 7 inch strips across.  For the linen, I cut strips that were about 2 inches across and 36 inches in length.  You will cut the burlap next about 4 inches wide by 18 inches in length. 
Dip Dyed fabric garland
2.  Your next step is to tie all of the strips to the rope.  For the burlap, you will scrunch the top together and tie it with some string to the rope.  I used some threads from the burlap.  Next, you will tie the scarf and linen strips on with a loose knot.
Dip Dyed fabric garland
3. Once you have it all tied on, you will do some trimming and fringing!  First, trim all of the ends so that they are even.  Then you will pull a few of the fibers on the bottom of the burlap to create a fringe.  I went about 3/4 of an inch up.  After that, I cut the burlap strips in half to add a little more fullness. 
That’s all folks! 
Dip Dyed fabric garland
We would like to thank  I Love to Create for allowing us to try out their amazing products!  You can also find more of their fun craft ideas here…
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ilovetocreate (@ilovetocreate)
Tulip Tie Dye Kits are available at Walmart, Walmart Canada, Michaels, JoAnn, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Meijer. Tie dye kit contents and colors may vary by store.
 I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with iLoveToCreate.com and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.



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Trish Flake

Author/Co-Owner at Uncommon Designs
Hey y'all! I am Trish and one half of the creative team at Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. says

    I love the burlap addition to the tie dye! What a fun project. You always, always, always have the best ideas!

    Happy belated Mother’s Day to you!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness!! Fabulous!! Gosh I would love a garland like that! I’ve never dyed clothing/fabric before, I’ve always been to nervous. You make it look easy!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  3. says

    I have that!! I have that tye-dye kit. Just sitting around waiting for something special. Not saying I’ll do this. Cause, well, cause you just did. And way better then I could. But still…I feel cool just to have something that you do. Sigh. Anyways…you both have a great week! Smiles and hugs!

  4. says

    Hi Trish!
    I already visited one of your other items but I wanted to invite you to link this up, too! I have seen this done several times but your tutorial has to be the best by far! I am going to make these for my daughter.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  5. says

    This is way cool! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my brand new Trendy Tuesday party going on right now!!

  6. says

    This is a cool technique and i’m starting to see it a lot. You have a wonderful tutorial here -i’m book marking you! Can I pin it on pinterest??


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