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Dip Dye DIY: Get the look for less

Dip Dye DIY: Get the look for less

Think of dip dying as tie dying’s cool older cousin: funky, chic and right on trend. Everyone from Martha Stewart to Marc Jacobs (and half of has jumped on the dip dye band wagon, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Flip through any fashion rag, visit your favorite style blog or turn on the television and you’re sure to find a prime example.

However, bold DIY’ers beware, dip dying is addictive. It sounds strange, but taking ordinary items from blah to BAM is truly satisfying. The process is a bit messy, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it you’ll be scouring the house for things to transform: clothes, bags, napkins, note cards, blankets, towels – almost anything is fair game.

Here are some easy tips for getting your project started. Remember, you can only mess up so much. If your piece comes out a bit, um, quirky, you can just dye it entirely. Pick a color you love, follow these simple directions and have fun.


Rubber gloves (optional, but helpful)
1 large bucket or bowl
1-2 packets of powdered RIT dye in your color of choice (two gives a more intense color)
Liquid laundry detergent
measuring cup
metal spoon
a thick towel for drying
a hanger with clips or clothespins

It is possible to dye garments dry, or to wet them 6 inches past your intended dip line. Wetting and wringing garments will result in an ombre design. Dry dips will result in a slightly cleaner line.


Wash and dry all fabrics before dying
Determine which end of the fabric you are dying, then roll the opposite end as evenly as possible and secure to hanger, make sure your garment hangs evenly
Follow RIT instructions for preparing dye
Make sure to wipe dye from the rim and sides of the basin to avoid color transfer


When you are satisfied with the color, lift your item carefully out of the dye and rinse in cold water until the water runs clear. Machine wash separately.

Lacking the gear or motivation for a dip dye DIY project? No sweat. This snappy trend has worked its way into both fashion and interior design, so you’re sure to find looks you love. Check out these fabulous ready made pieces.


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