Tie Dye. To say this trend has taken over would be an understatement. It seems like everywhere you look, tie dye is literally there and not going anywhere anytime soon.
The good news… I’m here to be your fashion fairy Godmother and tell you how to get this must-have look, DIY style.
What You’ll Need
White sweatshirt & sweatpants (or really any white clothing of your choice)
Dye (I used liquid Rit dye, other brands sell dye kits as well if you want more color options)
Plastic squeeze bottles (One for each dye color)
Dish soap (Only if you are using the Rit dye)
Before you begin, and I cannot stress this enough. Cover your work area. I used a cut garbage bag but you can also use any plastic covering or opt to do this project outside on a sunny day to avoid accidents.
You’re also going to want to wash your items if they are new, or run them under water if they are clothing you already own. At this point, you’ll also want to put those gloves on because while tie dying is fun, multi colored hands for days is are not.
Next, it’s time to mix your dye. For this tutorial, we are going to go off of the Rit dye method. Per the bottle instructions, I mixed warm water, my liquid Rit dye color of choice, and a little dish soap. Test the mixture on a piece of paper towel to get a pretty accurate feel for what the dye color will look like. Decide if you love it, or want to tweak the color. Add additional water to lighten or additional dye to darken your hue. Once you have your perfect color, fill up the plastic bottles and set aside.
This is where you grab your damp item or items. Crumple each wet clothing piece up and add some rubber bands to secure. As an FYI, the tighter the crumple the more white space will likely be on your item.
Now, the fun part begins!!
Grab your dye and go to town. There’s no rhyme or reason to this, just make your own blotches or “design” using your desired colors and saturate your item. Carefully flip over and repeat. Feel free to shoot some of the dye into the little crevices (I did) if you think there will be too much white later on.
Once both sides are finished wrap in plastic wrap or place inside of a plastic bag. Let the pieces marinate 6-8 hours. Remove them from the plastic, carefully cut the rubber bands off, and rinse out in cold water until the water runs clear.
Finally… throw your creation in the washer with a little detergent and launder like normal to get rid of any other stubborn dye left behind and Voila!
You now have a trendy and unique tie dye item to add to your wardrobe (and likely a new obsession)! Happy Dying!