DIY Series: Tie-dye dreams

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DIY Series: Tie-dye dreams

Has boredom finally persuaded you to tackle that one task that’s been on your mind for months? We hear you, things like clearing out the wardrobe can be quite the project! Odds are, you’ve got some questionable pieces that could use a bit of TLC. Now you can say goodbye to those discoloured tees and tired sweaters, and hello to the everything-old-is-cool-again trend of the season: DIY tie-dye. From dreamy pastels to kaleidoscopic neons, the possibilities truly are endless.

The best part about this quarantine DIY craze? You can be as bold as you desire. If you want to rock the trend but don’t want to look like a walking rainbow, socks are the answer! They’re the perfect pop of colour to spice up your loungewear style. Whether you're WFH, chilling with some Netflix and UberEATS, killing it with a home workout, or harnessing your domestic inner god or goddess with an at-home bake off, this trend will brighten your days!

The technique is pretty easy to master, and helpfully, any mishaps can easily pass as a cool and unique statement. Here we go.

What you'll need:

• Light-coloured clothing or material you want to dye
• Fabric dye
• A plastic sheet or covering (this can be a messy process)
• A bucket or two (depending on how many colours you are using)
• Water
• Wooden spoon
• Elastic bands
• Gloves

Shop for these supplies at Coles, Woolworths and Kmart. Follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to spreading your wings and rocking this '60s trend.


Image source: @riotartandcraft

How-to:

  1. Start by setting up your workspace. Place a plastic sheet or covering on the ground and put on your gloves to prevent dying anything you don’t intend to (including your hands). We recommend doing this outside.
  2. Mix your dye in the buckets with water, using the wooden spoon to stir well. It’s best to follow the instructions on the packet for quantities.
  3. Lightly dampen your garments before twisting, scrunching and tying them - loosely securing sections with the elastic bands. This can be done in many ways to achieve different patterns - and remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  4. Once your garments are prepared, its time to get to the good stuff! Depending on how many colours you want to use, soak your whole garment or part of it in the bucket of dye until you reach your desired intensity. Repeat this step for multiple colours.
  5. Rinse the garment in cold water and leave to set for about 6-8 hours.
  6. Once set, wash the garment. Make sure you wash it alone as the coloured dye will run and transfer onto other clothing.
  7. The final step is to rock your new piece and get ready for the ooos and aahs from your family and friends.


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