Tie Dyeing Onesies

I bought a package of white Onesies and decided to tiedye them for a baby present. A fun summer gift for any little one!


Drying on the line.


-package of Onesis (I found mine at Joann’s, all ready to dye)

-acid based dyes, or if you are a first timer, there are tie dyeing kits that are cheap, see WalMart

-plastic bins, and metal spoon

-rubber bands or string to tie, I used rubber bands

1- I looked here to see some different folding techniques for dyeing for my Onesies. The ones I chose were; (From left to right

1-The Bunching, green, bunched up and I used about 5 rubber bands to secure it all.

2- I used a combo of a small spiral in the middle and pleats on the top and bottom from side to side, turquoise, one rubber band in the middle and one one the pleated top, one on the pleated bottom

3- The Spiral, used on the middle blue one, about 5 or 6 rubber bands to secure it all, placed in all different directions.

4- Pleats, the turquoise is pleats folded from bottom to top, secured with two rubber bands on each side.

5- Pleats, the green pleats folded from side to side, and secured with three rubber bands, each side and one in the middle.

I then soaked them in water for about 30 min to totally saturate them.


Prepare your chosen dye according to your instructions.

Place your tied items in, for the recommended time on your dye package.


I decided to dye some organic cotton yarn while I had some dye mixed up.


Remove and rinse, rinse, rinse, then I untied and rinsed some more, Then I added soap and agitated by hand and rinsed until the water ran clean. I hung these up to dry on the line.

When dry, Place these in the dryer to help “set” the dye.


I had so much fun doing this, I would try some of the other tying methods on larger shirts.


  1. This is a very good idea! I may have to steal it.

  2. Very nifty! Love the dyed onesies! I should do up some of those for my niece!

  3. Wow, what a talented, hardworking and creative knitter you are! Beautiful work!! Your work reminds me of Japanese, "shibori." Thank you for sharing them. Hope you will knit pretty presents for a baby.
    Cheers, Sadami

  4. My next project, my son wants a tie dyed shirt. Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Anonymous5/30/2011

    Elly received a tie-dye onesie when she was first born. It was one of my favorite outfits to put on her. So cute!

  6. What a hip little baby that will be!


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