Tie Dye: My Current Obsession
Okay so I just want this to be known: I became obsessed with tie dye towards the super earliest bits of 2020, so I like to believe that I brought this trend back into fruition.
Now that it’s been said, welcome to my new obsession: tie dye
And I’m not talking about your basic tie dye either, I’m talking order cheap sweats and tshirts off Amazon and bleach it with toilet bleach.
Did I lose you with that last line? Okay let me explain.
See I’m a Gemini, which means I am big on impulsive decisions. I was sitting on my bed, adding things to my Amazon cart when I realized how cheap it was to buy basic clothes.
I thought to myself “hmm, those would be cute to tie dye” – so I purchased the sweat suit and didn’t think about it again until they arrived at my door.
When I opened the package I suddenly realized I was missing one, VERY important element: the bleach.
Out of pure desperation (because remember. I’m a Gemini) I grabbed the toilet bleach cleaner in our bathroom.
Luckily this was right after we did our initial Coronavirus grocery run, so believe it or not the bathroom bleach had not been opened!
I threw the bleach on my new Amazon purchases and set it outside, and essentially forgot about it (Gemini, again). After 3 hours I went back out and … I just have to share what happened.
What You’ll Need:
- Clothing Item (I bought this sweatshirt and sweatpants off of Amazon)
- Bleach (I used toilet bowl bleach cleaner, but really any bleach will work)
- Rubber bands
- A plastic bag
- Gloves (be safe please)
That’s literally it.
Let’s Get Tie Dying
Because I’m a millennial, I have already gotten approximately 44 hours of tie-dying YouTube video history under my belt. Because of this I knew the exact style I wanted to go for.
I went with the ever popular pinwheel effect, or what I like to call “the basic tie dye pattern” where it looks like a spiral coming from the center of your shirt. But there are a bunch of different ways you can tie dye – it’s all in how you scrunch up your clothes and the rubber bands.
So let’s get started!
Sweatshirts & T Shirts
- Lie Out: Lay your clothes out completely flat on some surface
1 a. If you want to wash your clothes beforehand, do that before continuing on to any other steps. I just couldn’t resist starting, so I left this part out.
- Pinch & Twist: (for my design) Start in the center of your shirt, pinch, and spin. The direction you spin doesn’t matter, just make sure it’s consistent.
- Rubber Bands: Once tightly wound, start placing your rubber bands around the spiraled item of clothing. If it looks somewhat like a spider web, you’re moving in the right direction
- Bleach: You’re ready to bleach! I moved outside for this step, which I recommend completely, and you will literally just pour your bleach onto the portions of the shirt exposed. If you want to reach down into the little cracks of the shirt you can do that too.
- Flip: Make sure to flip the shirt over and get both sides – unless you only want one side really tie dyed of course.
- Rest: Place in a plastic bag, probably outside, and let it sit. You can gauge this by eye, just know the longer that it sits, the more dyed it will end up looking. I let mine sit for about three hours.
- Wash: Your timer will go off and you want to take it to a sink or a bathtub to run under cold water. When I rinsed my black sweatsuit out the water was kind of orangey, but this is just the dye from the article of clothing being washed out.
- Launder: Once your water runs clear put it through a wash and dry cycle. I like to wash them separately just in case I don’t ruin my boyfriend’s work clothes. And that’s it!
Sweatpants follow some of the same steps, but the way I rubber banded these was a little bit different.
Instead of a spiral, I scrunched the pants like I was making a paper fan back in elementary school.
When I got up to the top of the pant leg I simply put rubber bands wherever I wanted too.
I did the same thing to both pant legs and for the top of the pants I simply gathered up a bundle of clothes and rubber banded them in place.
Same process, just with a bit of a different result!
Tie Dying your socks is a cute way to wear the tie dye trend without going out in a full tie dye outfit (which I do on the reg).
The process is simple, take the sock and bunch up little pieces, tie off with rubber bands, and bleach.
You can also do the pin wheel technique, it’s really whatever you want!
It’s Really That Easy
You see those kits in the store that come with a plastic bottle, different color dyes, and fancy rubber bands – that’s not necessary! If you are just like me and seem to be tie dying everything you see, tag me in socials. If you are on TikTok, welcome to the land of tie dye!
That’s how it works right?
I’ll update you on my progress. Until then enjoy the dying everything 🙂