How to Tie Dye Jeans

Learning how to tie dye jeans is a great way to make your old pieces of clothing new again. If you have an old pair of jeans hanging in the back of your closet, you should consider tie dyeing them. Tie dye jeans can be a great fashion statement and a fun project if you are new to tie dyeing.

Evaluate Your Jeans
To tie dye pants, you first want to consider the pants in question. Light jeans are the best kind to dye, as bright colors show up best on these garments. If you have darker jeans, you may want to try bleach tie dyeing, as some colors may not show up on darker colored jeans.

Gather Your Tie Dye Supplies
You'll need dye (or bleach if you're dyeing darker jeans), gloves, garbage bags or a tablecloth to cover the area in which you'll be working and some rubber bands. Make sure you have a bunch of bands, as you'll need them to keep the jeans in place. Try to find extra thick rubber bands for the project, as this will help keep the thick denim in place during dyeing.

Denim is thicker than cotton, so tie dying jeans is a bit different than if you were dyeing a cotton shirt. Know that you'll probably need more dye when it comes to working with denim, as the fabric is thicker and may not take right away to the dye. Remember that the longer you let the denim soak, the more vibrant the colors will be.

How to Tie Dye Jeans
Set up a dyeing station. Cover your work area with a garbage bag. Tape it so that it won't move or shift while you're tie dyeing. Be sure to have a trash can and paper towels somewhere nearby, as well as a bowl of soapy water so that trash can be thrown away and you can wash your hands when you are finished with your project.

Mix your dye powder with water. Grab your rubber bands and pinch the areas where you want to expose the dye. Make sure you have your rubber gloves and old clothing on. Place the liquid dye in plastic squeeze bottles. Using the nozzle on the bottle, begin to squeeze the dye onto the areas you want to see color. Feel free to mix colors, scrunch the denim or spread the dye around your fabric.

Wrap the jeans in plastic wrap for at least four hours. The longer you keep the jeans wrapped, the more vibrant the colors will be. Wash the jeans in hot water with no other clothing in your washing machine. If you wash the jeans with other clothing, the dye will spread to your other clothes. Be sure to hand wash the jeans for the next two or three washes.

Creating Unique Tie Dye Patterns
You can create a batik tie dye effect if you duct tape spots of the jeans that you do not want dyed. This will help you make your tie dye patterns seem even more intricate. You can duct tape zigzag patterns or draw shapes like roses or rainbows.

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