So last week my good old friend Shannon came over to visit me for the week in my new abode. We ate too much food, drank wine, watched Jerseylicious, (I’m not ashamed to say I’m now totally addicted) wore face masks, and gossiped about everything. But of course, no girly sleepover would be without customising clothes!
We did quite a few projects, but this one was by far my favourite, Tie Dye Jeans!

Anyway, we thought we’d show you how we made these jeans. First of all you will need the following:

– A pair of unwanted jeans, preferably light coloured
– Bleach
– A pack of elastic bands
– Fabric dye, in the colour of your choice
– A bucket
– Rubber Gloves

DIY Tye Dye Denim

First of all, you’ll need to get your jeans as light as possible. To do this, we diluted bleach with a small amount of water mixed in a bucket,  we then soaked the jeans in the bleach and left it for a while, checking back every few minutes and took it out when it was a light enough colour. Be careful when bleaching clothes, as bleach is very damaging, and can weaken the fabric. Also, be sure to wear gloves so as not to irritate the skin.

After bleaching the jeans, we washed them thoroughly ensuring that there was no bleached left in the fabric. Some people will say to neutralise the bleach by soaking the fabric in vinegar but do not do this! Yes, it stops the bleaching process, but bleach and vinegar together will give off a harmful gas.
Honestly, we found soaking the jeans in cold water, then washing them worked just fine.

tie dye jeans tutorial

After washing the jeans the next step is to tie them up with elastic bands, this is what gives it the awesome tie dye effect instead of one all over colour.
There’s no right or wrong way of doing this, you can experiment with scrunching and twisting but keep in mind that the more elastic bands you use, and the tighter you tie it together, the more white is going to show.

I think the best thing about this look is that it doesn’t need to be precise, In my opinion the messier it looks, the better. So have fun experimenting!


The next step is to add the colour. We used Dylon Fabric Dye in “Intense Violet” but you can use whatever colour tickles your pickle.  (I got really carried away with the excitement of dyeing things at this stage, and ended up with a bright purple tea towel, so I suggest putting all other fabrics, out of your reach before you begin!)
Follow the instructions on the packet to mix the dye, and then leave your denim bundle to soak for about 15 minutes.
After removing it from the dye, leave it on a covered surface for 5 minutes, remove the elastic bands before hanging the jeans up for about 10 minutes, then wash by hand.

If I’ve written these instructions well enough, you should have your very own pair of Tie Dye Jeans!

Now to show you what they look like on! I’d like to apologise for the bad quality photographs. We had literally 5 minutes to take these before Shannon had to leave to catch her train (which she missed) so that teamed with god awful lighting, resulted in these, Sorry!


Tie-Dye-Jeans-TutorialAn awkward crotch shot, sorry Shannon!

So what do you think? Let me know if you give these a go, as I’d love to see the results!