Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tie dye madness

After watching Kirstie Allsopps home-made Christmas a few weeks ago, I have been obsessed with two things, pom poms and tie dye! So the hunt began for some 100% cotton clothes and dye.

I decided that my first tie dye experience had to be gaudy and garish, I bough bright pink dye and a violet! I bought some white undies and socks from Morrisons, a top from Uniclo and I found and old white beach shirt in the cupboard that I could dye.

How to tie dye-

-First things first prepare you items of clothing, with a ton of elastic bands we tied each items of clothing in different ways, twisting, knotting and swirling. In hindsight though, we tied the socks together in pairs, which was a mistake, it caused the area in the middle, where the socks were touching each other to not pick up the dye very well, leaving them a very light shade of purple instead of the dark purple we had ont he outside of the sock.

- Next we prepared the dye, first dissolving the dye in some water with salt then adding more warm water and stirring continuously for 15 minutes. However more detailed instructions would be on individual packets of dye!

-Then dye your clothes! Pop in your banded up socks, pants and tops and submerge them in the dye and stir every few minutes. One of the tops I wanted to dip dye, so I tied the t-shirt to a bit of string and hung it off the kitchen tap! Leave your clothes in the dye for an hour.

-Finally, rinse your items of clothing, remove the elastic bands and put them in a spin cycle in the washing machine. Once done hang out to dry!

I only have one photo of the final dyed pieces, some of the purple socks! I will put some more photos up of the rest of the clothes soon! they all looked fabulous!


  1. These look great Im going to try some myself I think a sheet might be a good start

  2. How lovely! I love dyeing stuff. Show off those socks! They are great.

    1. Thanks very much! I great plans for further tie dyeing projects!