DIY: Tie Dye

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Right now we are having a “light lockdown” in Germany. That means I hardly leave my home because I’m in the home office too. So what to do with all this free time? Besides watching Netflix, I try to start new hobbies or read a lot to educate myself.

I first started tie-dyeing in spring, after I watched Danielle Bernstein’s (@weworewhat) Story. She tie-dyed a sweatsuit herself. I knew I wanted to do the same. So I ordered a plain white sweatshirt and some dye. Some months later I already dyed some sweatshirts, socks, and t-shirts. Because everyone is always asking about my self-made pieces, I thought I’d do a blog post about this.

What you need:

You need a bucket, something to stir, textile dye (here: Simplicol textile dye expert), and the thing you want to dye (here: Gildan Men Sweatshirt in white).

How to dye:

To get that “all-over-the-place”- and “i-don’t-know-how-this-works”-Look, I just crinkled up different parts of the sweatshirt and tie them with hairties. Then I poured 6 liters of 60 degrees hot water (this equals 2 liters of cold water and 4 liters of boiling hot water) into a bucket and mixed in the dye. I left the shirt and the sweatshirt soak in for about 30-45 minutes (not 60 minutes as the manual said). Then I washed out the dye and let both soak in a mix of water and vinegar, for about 15 minutes. After that, I packed them into the washing machine at 40 degrees.

Be careful when you are washing your DIY dyed items, the dye might transfer onto other clothing pieces. So only wash with the same color.

How to crinkle:

crinkled sweatshirt by using hair ties