Friday, January 31, 2014

Sharpie Tie Dyed Onesies

In preparation for baby #3, I thought I would include William on a fun little craft: sharpie marker tie dying.  Not totally necessary for a new baby :)  But it's something that I've been wanting to try for some time now.  Plus, I thought it would be fun for Will to make and to have something to give his baby brother when he's born.

It was easy to do and fun for Will to draw on the onesies and to drop little droplets of alcohol onto his designs.  I do have to say though, that I'm not sure how pretty sharpie tie dying can ever be!  Maybe someone with years of experience and far superior artistic skills could make it look really cool, but for a fun crafting afternoon, I was happy with our results :)

The steps are quite simple:

1.  Gather your supplies.
- Baby Onesie or Fabric of Choice
- Sharpie Markers
- Rubbing Alcohol (at least 70%)
- An eye dropper, squeeze bottle, or children's medicine dropper
- Cardboard, magazine, or a plastic bag to place beneath the fabric

2.  Draw your design onto your onesie/fabric of choice.  Be sure to first put your cardboard between the two layers of fabric so that the ink won't bleed through.  When drawing, be sure to leave white space around your designs so the ink will have space to bleed.  Also beware of the colors that will bleed into one another so that you will be left with pleasing colors.

3.  Fill the dropper with alcohol and drop the alcohol onto your drawings.  The more alcohol, the more bleeding.

4.  Let the alcohol dry completely and then set the ink with either an iron or in the dryer.  Wait another 24 hours before washing your fabric.

Will wanted to draw a Spiderman design on his (of course!).  I think his drawing is supposed to be some sort of web :)  I actually think it looks pretty awesome.  I tried the lines design, and was pleasantly surprised by the natural circle that resulted from the bleeding.  And lastly, my attempt at making a cool little top, that even has a little sneak preview of what baby boy's name will be! Okay, little man, we're ready for you to come and we hope you'll love your custom-made onesies!


  1. That looks really cool! I love Will's. It's amazing how yours made the natural oval shape from just the lines.

  2. LOVE this! I'm hosting a Sharpie crafts link party on my blog this week, and I'd love it if you wanted to link up! Favorites will be featured in a compilation post next week, & we're giving away a $50 Target GC and Sharpie prize pack!

    1. thank you! and thanks for letting me know about your link party! i will link up tonight before it's too late :)

    2. So glad you linked up!! Have a great day! xo