When quarantine hit and Tie Dye sets were sold out across the internet, I decided I wanted to make my own! The first time around, I tried to get a black sweatsuit and use bleach to tie dye. The results were not what I expected! A pair of pants I used turned orange with the tie dye and a sweatshirt turned a weird grey-brown. Luckily I didn’t spend too much money on those pieces and already had the bleach, so I would still call it a win even though it didnt turn out exactly as I thought.
THEN, I decided I had to tackle a colorful white set. I ordered this Tulip Tie Dye Kit from Michael’s (ON SALE!), some V-Neck white tees and socks off of Amazon and a white light weight hoodie. It took me a little longer to track down some white sweatpants but eventually found some on ASOS. The pairs we bought are sold out now (because I waited so long to actually get to tie dying lol) but I found some great options that I linked below! I recommend 100% cotton products – they work best with tie-dye.
I spent last Sunday morning in a tie dye frenzy, set up outside on my back deck. I did the simple twirl and rubber band method for each piece, even though the pants were a little trickier. I basically was just putting the rubber bands in different places and it actually turned out fine! I chose to use the black die on my set, and blue and turquoise for John’s. I went a little crazy with the socks and eventually found out the best way to get the coloring right is to roll them up and use 2 rubber bands (seen below!) I found out that in order to make the colors last longer I filled each bottle up to the top, and when I had used half of the dye, I filled them up again. This meant that some of the color was less concentrated, but I was still able to use the same color to create the effect I wanted.
I bought us Medium t-shirts because usually we wear the same size, but these Hanes tees shrank a little and the t-shirt on John was way too small haha! So, he has been wearing the hoodie for the time being and of course I ordered another set of Large shirts, because I have plenty of dye left over. Anyone thinking of tackling this project?? I would love to answer any questions you might have. I think ours turned out great! Shoot me a DM or leave a comment here if you do 🙂
See our TikTok & Timelapse video of the process over on IG TV.