“My mom sewed this dress!”
This was a common thing I’d say when people would compliment me on my clothing when I was a kid. My mom made nearly all of our clothes (back then it was cheaper to make them then to buy them).
And she did a beautiful job. In fact, it was fairly common for her to make matching dresses for my sister and me.
I don’t think she ever made matching clothes for the dog though, but that might have been fun!
Today’s DIY let’s you create a Tie Dye Dog Shirt for your pup, and you can use the SAME technique to create one for yourself! That way you can have matching Tie Dye. And you can even make a dog bed out of an old tee that you tie dye to match as well!
I’m going to show you several variations of tie dye for your pup’s shirt. The first one is in a Patriotic theme (if you live in the US) and features red, white and blue for the tie dye colors!
Patriotic Dog Clothes – DIY Red, White and Blue Dog Tie Dye Shirt
- Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye
- Plain Dog Shirt
- Plastic wrap
- A Plastic tablecloth (Dollar Tree has them!)
- Plastic Gloves
1. Prep Your Work Area- Set up your work surface by laying down a disposable tablecloth or some plastic trash bags. It’s preferable to do this craft outside so that you don’t stain your carpet or kitchen table!
2. Prep the Fabric- I recommend prepping your fabric before mixing the dye. You’ll need to decide what type of pattern or design you want to go with. The Tie Dye Your Summer website has TONS of ideas if you aren’t sure! Depending on what you go with you’ll need to wrap the shirt with the rubber bands that come in your tie-dye kit.
3. Mix the Tie Dye- Put on the plastic gloves and add some warm water to each bottle and give it a good shake.
4. Dye the Fabric- Now the fun begins! For a Patriotic look, I dyed every other section red and blue.
5. Wrap it Up!- Once you are finished dying, you’ll need to wrap your dog shirt with plastic wrap and allow it to sit for 6-8 hours. For more intense color, let it sit out longer.
6. Rinse- Once 6-8 hours have passed, rinse out the shirt with water until the water runs clear.
7. Wash -To set in the color, you’ll need to put the shirt into the washer machine by itself with a tiny bit of detergent. Do not wash it with any other items!!
BTW… since this is a section on a patriotic tie dye I think it’s a good time to mention that many dogs (as I’m sure you know) just don’t like the fireworks that happen on the Fourth of July. Here’s how to calm down a scared dog.
Thank you to irresistable pets for these instructions.
Video Demostration: Tie Dye Shirts for Dogs (and their humans)
I think the instructions above are good, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to WATCH someone do a project, especially if you’ve never done it before.
This video features Avi Cline tie dying shirts for her dogs, her cats and herself.
Pay particular attention to how much dye gets on her hands and remember to use gloves!
DIY Tie Dye Dog Bandana
Another great project to tie dye for your dog is a tie dye dog bandana. If you want more ideas for DIY Dog Bandanas you can also click here.
This video shows you the technique in an easy to follow manner and even though they are making these bandannas for humans the way to make them for dogs is exactly the same.
- White or natural bandanna (you can get these at craft stores)
- Assorted dyes
- Rubber bands
- Plastic gloves
- A tray to place the dye
- Wax paper
How to Twist the Fabric:
- Grab some rubber bands so you have them ahead of time
- Lay the fabric out on the surface
- Twist the fabric from the center and fold it into a circle
- Rubber band the fabric two times around – make a cross shape with the rubber bands
- Then add a rubber band at an angle.
- Be creative!
How to Dye the Fabric:
- Decide what colors you want to use.
- 2- 3 colors is a good amount for a bandanna.
- Put your gloves on
- Put your tied bandannas into the tray
- Start with your darkest color and leave a few blank spots
- Put the next color on
- If you are using a third color put that on (always work darkest to lightest
- Fold your tied bandanna in wax paper for two hours
- Wash your bandannas
DIY Tie Dye Dog Leash
This video shows you how to complete your dog’s ensemble with a fun tie dye dog leash! She’s making it for a horse (and there is a very cute goat in this video as well) but this project also works well for a dog lead.
- White cotton lead rope
- Dye for tie dye in squirt bottles
- Leave your lead rope tied up as it came in the package
- Complete drench lead rope with water
- Put on gloves
- Put your lead rope on plastic or in a tray
- Apply your darkest color first
- Add each additional color, moving from dark to light
- Try not to mix your colors
- Seal it in a plastic bag
- After about a day unravel and rinse it.
- Hang it out to dry.
The Bottom Line on DIY Tie Dye for your Dogs
Once you learn the basic tie dye technique you can use it on just about any cotton material and make all kinds of fund DIY tie dye projects for your pups (and for yourself).
Make sure you wear gloves! Tie dying can be quite messy.