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October 4, 2011

PULLTEETH TUESDAY: DIY Bleach Tye-Dye

Most of us experienced tye-dyeing in one form or another in our lives. It’s a fun and easy way to transform old rags into new found treasures. A friend sent me this image from the JW Anderson Spring Summer 2011 show and insisted I had to try DIYing it. I loved the idea of doing a bleached tye-dye instead of the conventional method of using actual dye. So, I took the challenge and ran with it. Here is how I went about it:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Black sweatshirt, large bucket, bleach, elastic bands, rubber gloves, water.

STEP 1

Start off by deciding where on the front of your sweater you want the design to begin. I chose to put it a bit off to the side.

STEP 2

Begin by grabbing only the top (front) layer of fabric and twisting it a bit. Tightly add your first rubber band about an inch away from the end.

STEP 3

Continue down your fabric, each time twisting your fabric a bit more. There is no wrong or right way of doing this step. Each garment will turn out differently and that’s the exciting part about it. Use as many or as few elastic bands as you please.

STEP 4

Add cold water into your bucket. Make sure you have enough to completely emerge the part you added elastic bands to.

STEP 5

Now you’ll add the bleach. Make sure to be careful and wear rubber gloves at this step. Bleach can be dangerous! I read online to try 1/4 bleach to 3/4 water but I found that was too diluted to get the brightness I wanted. So, I did about half and half. (Total trial and error) Keep checking on your fabric. Naturally the bleach will soak up a bit, so be mindful of that. I left mine emerged for about half an hour.

STEP 6

Once your garment is the desired color remove it from the bleach. I ended up throwing mine into the dryer for about 20 minutes with the elastic bands on, then removed the bands and continued the cycle until the sweater was dry. If you have the time i would suggest leaving it to air dry outside, just to allow the bleach to stay where it was intended to be.

AND…

There you have it! As is true with any DIY project, it’s very trial and error. if I were to do it again I would definitely add one or two more rings. But, you live and you learn, right?

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