This glue resist tie dye technique is a fun way to create unique fabric designs! This post is brought to you by iLoveToCreate and BluePrint Social, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

tie dye technique

Not to brag, but how fabulous is this tie dyed pillow?  Ever since I tie dyed a hammock last year, I’ve been hooked on Tulip’s super easy to use one-step tie dye products.  My kids and I had a blast last summer with the kits, and it’s become a new summer tradition for us.  This year we’re trying out a fun technique:  creating designs with glue and stencils.  Keep reading to learn how easy this technique is, and how you can tie dye your summer!

glue resist technique

I’d never tried tie dying before last summer.  While I liked the look, the idea of harsh fumes and boiling water were a little off putting.  Then I tried the one-step tie dye kit from Tulip, and was instantly hooked.  Everything you need…bottles, dye, gloves, rubber bands…are included in the kit.  You simply add water and shake to activate the product.  That’s it!


The ease of use of this product is what makes it so perfect for kids and groups to use. So, once you’ve got your kit and you’re ready to start dying, here’s a fun technique for you to try.  You can create beautiful designs on fabric when you use glue and stencils in combination with tie dye.  It’s easier than you think!

Glue Resist Tie Dye Supplies

  • One-Step Tie Dye Kit
  • White t-shirt
  • School Glue (I used the blue one, as it was easier to see)
  • Stencil
  • Pillow Insert

Step one:  I cut my t-shirt so that it would fit my pillow insert.  You can use other fabric, but I have found that white t-shirts give you the brightest results with dyes.  Plus, they are so cheap and easy to find!

glue stencil part 1

Step two:  Place the stencil on the fabric.  Fill the design with the glue.  Let the glue dry completely.

Step three:  Add water to the tie-dye bottle.  Since I wanted to create an ombre effect with the pink and yellow, I used mister bottles to add the dye to the fabric.  The Tulip bottles make it easy and mess free to add the solution to a mini mister.  The small tip makes it easy to fill the mister with.

glue stencil part 2

Step four:  Mist the fabric with the tie dye.  I started with pink on the bottom and moved towards the center.  Then I sprayed yellow at the top and moved towards the center.  The colors overlap in the middle to create a pretty coral hue.

glue stencil part 3

At this point  you might freak out a little because you can’t see your glue image at all.  It’s OK.  Take a deep breath and just relax.  The magic will happen soon.  Let the fabric sit for 6-8 hours and allow the ink to set.

Step five:  Wash and dry the fabric.  That’s when you will see that the glue resisted the dye, and your beautiful design will emerge.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?

tie dye pillow

I sewed my fabric into a simple throw pillow.  You could also turn it into wall art, a bag, or anything else you can imagine!  I plan to try this with some pants, next, to create a beautiful piece of clothing.  It’s so easy to do that you won’t be able to stop once you’ve tried this technique!

To learn more about Tulip’s One-Step Tie-Dye and other awesome products from ILoveToCreate, visit them at:

Have fun crafting, creating, and tie dying your summer!

tie dye with glue


  1. Hello! Do you know if the glue design would hold up if you did the classic spiral tie dye instead of spritzing on the dye?

    • Just on the right side of the fabric (the side that will be seen, like the front of the pillow or front of the t-shirt).

  2. Such a cool idea waiting on the glue to dry now(I’m so impatient! 🥴) was so excited to do it I printed out mermaid scales jike a coloring page and put them under the front of the shirt on cardboard and traced them just wanted to share another way to get the design on other than stencils. Thank you for the inspiration


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