Tie dying is a method of dying which creates patterns by tieing certain parts of the item up to shield it from the dye. It’s a craft that always reminds us of the 70’s hippy movement but it’s found new ground in recent years with people of all ages taking their old white clothes and turning them into colourful masterpieces.
Tie dying has become so popular in recent years that many online retailers sell easy to use tie dye kits. From huge clothing brands like Pretty Little Thing to more independent sellers on Etsy, there’s plenty of brands selling a huge range of kits aimed at beginners, kids and more advanced crafters. There’s also a range of sustainable and eco-friendly tie dying kits which use natural powders, glass or cardboard packaging and second-hand pieces to dye.
We’ve rounded up 12 of the best tie dye kits so you can start tie dying at home. We’ve included kits for kids and adults at a range of different price points so no matter your budget you’ll be able to find a kit that’s perfect for you.
Where to buy tie dye kits
FabLab Tie Dye Luxury Set
This tie dye kit is fab for the whole family to play with. Suitable for ages 8+ it comes with seven colours and all the protective equipment you need to start dying. We’ve gathered even more craft ideas for little ones in our paper crafts for kids post so make sure you head over!
Gifort Tie Dye Kit
If you want a wider selection of colours in your tie dye kit this is the one for you. Gifort sells this 18 colour pack which includes a whole spectrum of colours. As well as all the other essential items needed to start dying, this kit also comes with a reusable table cover to ensure your furniture doesn’t get stained in the process.
DIY Tie Dye Craft Kit
Etsy has some of the best tie dye kits on the market and Craft Jar Company is no exception. Everything you need to dye one t-shirt comes in this recyclable glass packaging making it a wonderful gift for any kids in your life. Choose the size of the t-shirt (they range from size 5-6 years up to 14-15 years) then choose your trio of colours and you’re done.
Yetech Tie Dye Kit
Yetech’s tie dye kit is great for beginners no matter your age. There’s 15 colours included as well as a detailed manual on how to start tie dying. Once you’ve mastered the art of tie dying browse our free daily craft patterns for more at-home projects.
Rainbow Natural Dye Kit Bundle
For a more natural approach to tie dying why not pick up The Love of Colours natural or indigo kit? This natural kit will allow you to dye four items (anything natural, it won’t work on synthetic fibre) but you’ll need to purchase the indigo kit to be able to dye every colour of the rainbow.
Natural indigo cannot be dyed in the same way as the other colours. It must be used to create a “living” vat, which is achieved through a sort of fermentation process. This is why you’ll need both kits!
Tumble Craft and Fabric Tie-Dye Kit
For a fuss-free approach to tie dying we’d recommend these tumble dye kits. Containing eight 2fl oz. spray bottles, it’s a five-step method to use these spray bottles. First, shake the bottles, then tie your item into the pattern you want, spray your chosen colour on and leave to air dry. Once it’s dry iron to set the colour in place and admire your newly tie dyed item.
Ice Dye Kit
If you fancy trying something a bit different to your traditional tie dying kit then opt for ice dying! Ice dying works similarly to traditional tie dying but instead of washing your item so that the water and tie dye react you leave ice on top of the design and wait for it to melt. It gives a wonderful watercolour effect and this kit has several different colour options for you to choose from.
DIY Tie Dye Nike Sock Kits
Another great tie dye kit is this Nike sock bundle by Flyde Studios. This would make a wonderful Christmas gift for teens and tweens looking to creative over the holidays. All they’ll need to do is follow the instructions and add some water to the bottles.
Natural Bundle Tie Dye Kit
Choose between a small or large kit and dye your items with this all-natural kit. It comes with natural flower dyes, natural powder ties and a silk handkerchief as your first tie dye project. Slow Stitch Studio also has a Youtube video showing you exactly how to use the kit meaning it’s perfect for beginners!
Shibori kit with Natural indigo dyeing
Once you’ve mastered tie dying and ice dying step up your skills and learn all about Shibori. Shibori is a Japanese tie dyeing technique which produces patterns on fabric. You can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori, each way producing different yet beautiful patterns. This kit uses natural indigo dye and comes everything you need plus an instruction manual.
Tybo Tie-Dye Design Studio Craft Kit
DIY Naturally Dyed T-Shirt Kit
We hope you’ve enjoyed our best tie dying kits round-up! If you’re into crafting kits then we have a whole range of buyers guides here on Gathered. Head to our craft subscription box UK post and our guide to punch needle kits for lots of easy, at-home craft ideas.