Have you ever dyed a piece of clothing? Some may have tie-dyed a t-shirt once or twice in their life. I am not one of those people. I don’t think I’ve ever made a tie-dyed t-shirt before in all my years of crafting. Well that has recently changed. I was given the opportunity by Walmart as a part of the Walmart Moms to try out Rit Dye. As a person that loves to craft, I took on the challenge.
- Faded Glory Color Jeggings (white)
- 8 fl. oz. Rit Dye-Purple
- rubber bands
- rubber gloves
- large bucket
Since this is my first time dying anything, I took a look on Rit Dye’s website for inspiration and instruction. I came across a tutorial, Retro Rocker Jeans, that was right up my fashion alley. Once I knew what and how I wanted to dye something, it was onto gathering the materials. Thankfully I was sent several different colors of Rit Dye, which is sold at Walmart for $2.87, to choose from for my project. I chose to use purple since it’s my newest fashion color obsession.
Following the tutorial instructions, I first washed the garment I wanted to dye. I chose a pair of Faded Glory Color Jeggings (white) from Walmart. After they were finished washing, I then scrunched and bound the wet fabric with rubber bands. I used about 15 rubber bands total because I wanted a lot of white to show through.
Next, it was time to dye. I prepared the “dye bath” according to the instructions in the tutorial. When it was already I placed the rubber band bound jeggings into the dye and began to wait. Instead of the 20 minute soaking time that was recommended in the tutorial, I only soaked my jeggings for about 10 minutes. This is because of two reasons: (1) I was worried they were going to come out too dark (2) I was anxious to see the final result. After time was up, I unbound and rinse the pants in cold water until the water ran clear then laundered and hung them up to air dry. Below you can see the finished result.
I like that Rit Dye has tutorials on their website for beginners like me. I’ve seen bottles of Rit Dye before but didn’t know how to use it and to be honest, the thought of dying something used to scare me. After completing this project and seeing the awesome end result I’m looking forward to my next dye project. Hmmmm, what should I dye next? I’m thinking maybe a rocker-inspired, acid wash looking t-shirt. Thoughts?