DIY: How To Tie-Dye An Old Stained Sweatshirt

Hey loves,

We all have those clothes that we just can’t throw away, right? In this video tutorial you will learn how to transform your stained clothes into something AWESOME! Last week my clumsy self spilled coffee all over my favorite LuluLemon sweatshirt. Instead of dwelling on it, I am turning a negative into a positive. This encouraged me to try something new! Tie-Dyeing! So come share the experience with me, and I hope this inspires you to re-create one of your old pieces of clothing.

Lets get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Dye – I chose Rit Navy Blue Dye
  2. Rubber Bands
  3. Rubber Gloves/ Old Clothes you don’t mind getting dye on!
  4. Plastic bucket
  5. Scissors
  6. (2) Garbage bags(You will use one to cover up your work space to prevent getting dye everywhere and the other one will be used to store your freshly dyed clothing over night.)

Here are the steps:

Step One

Soak the item you are going to tie-dye in water and ring dry. The dye absorbs better when the fabric is damp.

Step Two

Mix your dye! I am no tie-dye expert so I am going to make sure to read the directions very carefully.

If you are using Rit Dye, the instructions say:

  1. Mix 2 cups of hot water (140 degrees Fahrenheit)
  2. Add dye powder to bucket
  3. 1 Cup of salt (if dying cotton fabric)
  4. Mix it all up
  5. Add enough warm water for fabric to move freely

Step Three

Time to twist up (in a circular motion) and rubber band like hell!

Step Four

You’re officially ready to start tie-dyeing!  Don’t forget to put on those dang gloves! I also highly suggest wearing clothes you don’t care about and covering your work area with plastic (just like I did).

Step Five

After you’re all dyed out, let your garment soak over night in a plastic bag to ensure the dye really sets into the fabric.

Step Six

This is the best part.  Get ready for some magic!  After dreaming about your tie-dye all night, undo your plastic bags and rinse your tie-dye bundle under cold water before cutting off the rubber bands.

Step Seven

Wash your freshly tie-dyed garment in the washing machine with regular detergent and you are ready to flaunt your new piece.


Voila! Have fun tie-dyeing! Please post your pictures of what you create, I would love to see them!


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