DIY: DYE HARD PT. 2
How to tie dye with bleach~
Vibrant or dark shirts that are not polyester or a poly blend
Bleach, dye, dye bottles
(Or a tie dye kit like this with my fave colors)
Easily accessible sink or tub
A well-ventilated space
Get that shirt soaked in water. Bleach and dye work better with damp fabric. Lay the shirt on a flat surface and pinch the fabric in the center of the shirt and begin twisting it until the entire shirt is a round spiral. Secure using one or two rubber bands.
*Before interacting with bleach, please wear gloves.*
Place the shirt into a plastic bag, a grocery bag will do, and apply bleach. I suggest pouring the bleach into a smaller dye bottle, like the ones that come in the kit, to better control where the bleach goes and how much is used. Take the bag out into the sunshine. The warmth and light help the bleach work faster. Sometimes it can only a few minutes to remove color. When the shirt has been lightened to the desired color, remove it from the plastic bag and thoroughly rinse it out. If you’re happy with the design, run it through the washing machine and wear.
If you want to jazz it up, add new and different colors. Lay the shirt flat again and make the spiral design and then apply dye or add the dye wherever and however you please. I put it in another plastic bag, not the one with bleach, add the color I want and then let it sit in the sun to dry. Sometimes I even leave it overnight for more saturated colors. Then rinse it again until the water runs clear. Wash and wear.
In these photos:
I used bleach to lighten the pink and green shirts. I did try to add some color back, but it just didn’t stick. Probably because I didn’t leave it long enough. The black tank is bleach + color. In Outfit #75, I wore a shirt that I bleach tie-dyed. I have around five different shirts that I’ve done and I love ‘em all. Read DYE HARD pt. 1 here.