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Salt Resistant Tie-Dye Technique, Fun T-Shirt Laundry Sacs!

This post is sponsored by Tulip’s Tie-Dye Your Summer on Behalf of Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own!

salt resistant tie-dye technique example

Tie-Dye-ing is such a fun art, and I fully believe every children and man love to make art on fabric. I remember making things when I was a kid and wearing it with pride, knowing that I put all my love and energy into it! Now that I have kids, I can share this cool art form with them and know they they will love it too.

We recently tie-dyed some shirts using a salt resistant technique. Do you notice all of the little white spots all over the shirt that kind of give the tie-dye a splatter or smear look? Well, that’s what this salt resistant technique does. Let me show you how it’s done and what we created during our tie-dye fun!

Tulip Tie Dye One Step

For this project we used the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit. It comes with the dye right in the plastic bottles.

Easy One Step Tie Dye

All you have to do is fill the bottles up to the line printed on the side  of the bottle, shake it until the dye powder has dissolved, slap on some gloves and go to town!

Salt Resistant Tie-Dye Technique

For the salt resistant tie-dye technique, after the t-shirt has been prepped (washed & dried), dampen the fabric, squirt the tie-dye on the shirt in whatever pattern you would like (we did a radiating heart pattern on the shirt above– we also used rubberbands and made some color blocking on the other shirt), then sprinkle the fabric with a course salt, like sea salt. Then, keeping the salt on the shirt, place it in a plastic bag and allow it to sit for 6-8 hours. Once that is complete, rinse the fabric (I ran it through the rinse cycle twice in the washing machine, dry it and do the following to make it into a hanging laundry sac!

tie dye tshirt bag sewing guide

After your shirt has been dried completely, flip it inside out and sew along the shirt where I have provided the dashed lines. This will close up the bottom and the sleeves so laundry actually stays in. 🙂 

tshirt sewing

When sewing everything shut (except the neck of course), just sew a straight stitch down the entire length of the bottom and sleeves of the shirt. be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of that line as it will reinforce the stitch you just sewed.


salt resistant tie-dye laundry bag sac

Once you’ve sewn the shirt shut, trim the excess fabric off the sleeves and the bottom, then flip it right side out, stretch out the neck and put a hanger in it.

tshirt laundry bag tutorial


That’s it! You’re done!

tie-dye t-shirt laundry sacs


As I was making these, I thought of several things I could use these for! Not only laundry, but toys, stuffed animals, an overnight sleep bag, etc. I mean, there are so many cool things you can use it for, and if it gets dirty, just pop it into the washing machine with the rest of your laundry and it will be like new!

I really love the Tulip brand and these one-step tie-dye kits are fabulous because everything is pretty much there and ready for you. There’s no need for big buckets or a huge tarp on the lawn to do your tie-dying– it’s Mess Free! When I did this project I just laid a trash bag down on the counter and away we went! For this, you can also use a small plastic bin or small bucket to keep dye from getting on your household surfaces. This would also make for a great party or craft night idea!

This project really got my creative juices flowing and now I want to go make some more tie-dye stuff! Tell me, what kind of stuff would you make using Tulip tie-dye and the salt resistant technique? Let me know in the comments below!


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A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. Fun! I’m betting my twins will love doing this!

    1. It’s a lot of fun! Let me know what they think!

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