Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Tie Dye Leggings Tutorial

i seem to waste about 80% of my life making tie dye leggings. They're kind of my speciality. I find it really exciting how they turn out different every single time. So this is my 'How To' for tie dye leggings.

Start with a pair of plain black leggings. I normally use just a cheap £2 pair from Primark. 
And you'll need LOTS of elastic bands.

Pinch and pull up the material making sure that you only have it from one side of the leg and put a band around the bottom of what you've pulled so it makes kind of a sticking out bit and then put bands all the way up that. Repeat it all over until you end up with......

This will make a circular pattern in your tie dye. Alternatively, if you want to create a striped pattern, put thick elastic bands around each of the legs about an inch apart all the way down.

When you're ready, you need to bleach your leggings.
You don't need anything special for this, just some normal household bleach which you can get for about £1 at most supermarkets, and a bucket.

Mix the bleach with water, about 1/3 bleach, 2/3 water and stir it for a few minutes before putting your leggings in. You need to leave them for around 24 hours. When you do put them in make sure they are completely submerged so that the colour turns out even, also i would suggest stirring them every few hours if you can.

When you take them out they should look like this.

And then when you take the elastic bands off...

They should look something like this!!!!!


If you try experimenting like i did you can create even more colourful effects, for example..

These were made by submerging in pink fabric dye BEFORE removing the elastic bands.


These were made by submerging in Tulip Red dye AFTER removing elastic bands.

As I said to start with, i think im addicted to making these.
They're a really cool way to make something individual cheaply and with minimum effort.
Soon you'll get people asking 'Where did you get those?!?!' 
To which you can answer.... pretty much whatever you like! because no one's gonna ever have the exact same!

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