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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DIY Tie Die

Back in the day...which would be the late 1980's & early 1990's, when I was obsessed with bleach dying the life out of my jeans (hey - it was cool...) I didn't really have a technique that I used.  Nope, just some good ole Clorox and a washing machine.  Sometimes I would tie the fabric in knots.

Recently I came across this awesome and easy technique for fashionable Tie Dye.
You’ll need:
- a 100% cotton black shirt (a Free People tee was used in the photos)
- a few cups of bleach
- a bucket
- a pair of gloves
- a few rubber bands
- 2 flat shaped objects used for binding


To make a grid-like pattern, fold the shirt like an accordion and bind it between two pieces of wood or other flat shaped objects. Hold the shirt in place by wrapping a series of rubber bands around the bind. Anything used to bind the clothing will prevent the bleach from penetrating, and the rest of the exposed fabric will bleach and turn color. Click here for more binding alternatives.

Before you start bleaching, make sure you are wearing gloves and working outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Dilute approximately 4 cups of bleach with 1 cup of water. Submerge the shirt into the bleach for only a couple of seconds. Watch it very carefully because depending on the thread count of the clothing, the color can turn very quickly and the bleach may start to erode the fabric. As soon as the black transforms into a rusty brown color, immediately remove it from the bleach. Give it a quick rinse, unbind it, and then hang it. (Click images to enlarge)
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The rusty brown color will slowly fade into a beautiful lighter shade as it begins to set. Once its dry, wash the shirt in a washing machine.
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Your reverse bleach tie dye shirt is ready to wear!

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images by HonestlyWTF
I found this DIY HERE

Here are some more awesome images for inspiration
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