Let’s take your bleaching skills to a whole new level—roll up your sleeves, grab the bleach, and get creative! Band tees are becoming an essential everyday piece of clothing, but have you ever thought to yourself, “hmm, it’s missing a little pizzazz…?” If so, it’s the perfect time to add some spice…well, bleach! Turn your average band tee into the shirt everyone is talking about today. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you master bleach tie-dyeing:
Always use a dark-colored, cotton garment
- In the dyeing process, you will notice the bleach stripping away the dark color of the garment, leaving the desired pattern you have chosen.
- Avoid using synthetic materials, such as polyester or silk — you could end up damaging the fabric, and/or in some cases, the bleach will not work.
- The choice depends on how thick your fabric is. For heavier items such as sweatshirts or sweatpants, dampen your fabric first so that the bleach can flow easily. For soft, lightweight items such as t-shirts, leaving them dry is a good choice for making sure the fabric doesn't get too flooded with liquid, which can prevent your patterns from coming out to your liking.
- Until the garment is fully rinsed and washed, the bleach will continue to change its color. However, leaving it on too long could eat away at your fabric! Unless you want some added distress, we recommend soaking it no longer than 20 minutes.
- If you'd like to take your creation a step further, you can add regular dye to the bleached areas for that extra POP of color!
- You've heard of the phrase "You will never know until you try," well it's time to put that theory to the test! Experimenting and creating your own unique patterns can be equally fun as it is rewarding.
Here are some of our favorite examples of what others have created:
There are no rules when it comes to tie-dyeing, but if you are wanting to duplicate a specific pattern you are in luck. Our next blog will dive into different tie-dye techniques and designs — by the end, you'll be a pro!