DIY Everyday Style Tips & Tricks

“Reverse Tie-Dye Tutorial”

Making a reverse tie-dye, or bleach tie-dye is a fun way to spruce up an old shirt. It takes something plain, and many times stained… and turns it into a work of art. Tie-dye can be a really fun project for you and your kids. Though this one uses bleach, so it’s important the adult handles that part.

Here is a reverse tie-dyed shirt I recently did for Gypsy Mama & Co. You can even buy reverse tie-dye shirts I’ve made (like the one below) here.

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to turn your old shirts into a work of art.

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1. Pick out your shirt. Darker shirts work best. Get it thoroughly wet and then ring it out a bit.

2. Though you can make many designs, my favorite is made by using a fork. Place the fork in the center of your shirt, and twist like you are twirling spaghetti.

3. Once it is twisted, make sure the edges are close together and the shape is a spiral.

4. Use rubber bands to keep the shirt in its shape, then remove the fork

5. Take your shirt outside, or in a well ventilated area. Bleach is pretty hazardous stuff and you don’t want to be breathing it in.

6. Pour the bleach over your tightly wound shirt. Make sure you get both sides. I used the fork the flip it after one side was well saturated.

7. You should see the bleach start working. The amount of time the bleach is left on determines how vibrant the shirt will be. 5-10 minutes is more than enough.

8. Wash off your shirt. I used my outside garden hose so I wouldn’t ruin the clothes I was wearing. Liberally spray it down with water until all the bleach is gone.

9. Wash your shirt well in your washer. I made sure it was in there by itself because I was too paranoid that I would ruin my wife’s clothes. Nothing ruins the mellow vibes of a tie-dye shirt than having bleach get all over your wife’s favorite dress.

10. Dry it, wear it, and feel your life change. Enjoy!

You can purchase some reverse tie-dyed shirts I’ve done here.

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  • Heather on April 4, 2016

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks:)

  • Heather Noakes on April 12, 2016

    Love the line “Nothing ruins the mellow vines of a tie dye shirt like getting bleach on your wife’s favorite dress.” Truth!!

    • Dad on April 16, 2016

      Hah! Thanks!


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