DIY Tie-Dyed Dish Towels

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2 brightly colored tie dyed dish towels on white table with large green glass

Last summer was the first time I ever tie-dyed anything.  Since then, I’ve been having fun finding new household items to tie-dye. My newest favorite is DIY tie-dyed dish towels.  How fun are these dish towels?!! They’d make great gifts for a recent graduate or as a cheery wedding shower gift.

DIY Tie-Dyed

You can complete most of this project in an afternoon.  You will have to let the dye set overnight and then rinse and wash the towels the next day, but that doesn’t take long.


Tie-Dye Kit (mine is compliments of Tulip) – I like to use the kit because it has everything you’ll need to tie-dye

Cotton Dish Towels – be sure that they’re cotton for best results

Plastic Bags – I use recycled vegetable bags from the grocery store

2 folded white dish towels and tie dye kit in package on top

Plastic Tablecloth or lots of newspaper

overhead view of two brightly colored tie dyed towels on wood table

I chose to use rainbow colors and traditional tie-dye patterns on the dish towels.

overhead view of spiral patterned tie dyed towel

I used the tie-dye swirl pattern on one towel.

overhead view of tie dyed towels with wavey striped pattern

And I used the accordion fold technique on the other dish towel and folded it starting at one corner and ending at the opposite corner.  This is my favorite of the two.  I love how bright and cheery it is.

close up of surface of tie dyed towel

The dish towels that I purchased have a waffle-weave texture that makes these tie-dye towels even more interesting up close.

2 brightly colored tie dyed dish towels on white table with large green glass

Who is joining me this weekend in making some DIY tie-dyed dish towels?

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    1. I’ve had so much fun tie-dying with my daughters over the past year. I don’t know what makes it so fun, but it is šŸ™‚

  2. These are so fun and perfect for summer! We’ve tie dyed shirts and bandanas before, but never thought to do dish towels. Clever idea!

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  4. I love this idea! My sister would even like this for a gift. Thanks for linking up at The Happy Home Life linky.

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