Hooray for the Summer! We can’t wait for festival season to be upon us. Being in the sunshine and listening to some good tunes is what the middle of the year is all about! To get in the spirit of things (and be prepared for the big day!) I thought I would share a DIY that would turn your old tees into super stylish ones in less than £5. Ombre? Oh yeah!
All you’ll need is an old t shirt and some fabric dye. Cotton dye’s best, but you can do this with a lot of other fabrics too like linen and viscose. Make sure to check the back of your dye packet to see what it’ll work best on.
Mix up the fabric dye according to the instructions. For mine, I needed 5 tablespoons of salt and about 6.5 litres of warm water. To be able to this project you’ll need a big glass bowl or steel pot for mixing your dye in, otherwise it will stain! I worked in my sink in the end… in an old tshirt in case any of it splashed on my clothes!
The best way to dye anything ombre is to work out how high you want the dye to rise to, and cover anything else in a plastic bag so it doesn’t get splashed. Then plunge it into your dye and keep it moving by prodding it with a metal spoon for about 10 minutes. You want to make sure the dye doesn’t get caught in any folds and inks up nice and even.
To get the colours fading from pale to vibrant, lift a few inches of the t shirt out of the dye every 10 minutes. I went for about 4 different shades of pink, so held that T-shirt for 40 minutes. Time well spent if you ask me 🙂
When you’re happy with the colour, you need to rinse all the dye off. Start with a good blast of cold water all over then rinse it out with warm water till the water goes clear. This took me about 20 minutes or so – you have to be really thorough to make sure you don’t turn pink!
When you’re done, hang it up to dry and admire your handy work! Spot on trend and you have money left to buy yourself a celebration drink. Good times and happy days!
We’d love to hear what other festival fashions you’ll be embracing this year. With your ombre top and welly boots on anything could happen 😀