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Caribbean Stripes Tie Dye Dress

Put a trendy spin on traditional tie dye techniques by dyeing a cotton maxi dress.

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Caribbean Stripes Tie Dye Dress
Caribbean Stripes Tie Dye Dress
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Tie dye t-shirts are the perfect project for kids and teens at summer camp. After that, it can be hard to find an excuse to wear this lovely pattern as an adult. Unless you are at a Grateful Dead concert, you might feel a little silly. That is why we love the Carribean Stripes Tie Dye Dress. This how to tie dye tutorial shows you how to fold, rubber band, and tie dye your way into a summer-approved dress.
All you need for this project is some bright tie dye and a cotton maxi dress. This tie dye technique works best with a plain white dress, but so long as you have something light and lovely, you can achieve this effect. If you are afraid that the dyes will be a bit too eye-catching, consider tie dyeing in just one or two colors.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Easy

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit® Fuchsia (21544)
  • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit® Black (21764)
  • White maxi dress – 100% cotton
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Paper towels

How to Tie Dye a Maxi Dress

  1. Tightly wrap rubber bands from dye boxes around the width of dress, starting at the top and moving down the entire length.

  2. Dampen dress (with rubber bands still in place).

  3. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth then lay rubber-banded dress on prepared surface.

  4. Wearing gloves from dye box, fill dye bottles with water. Shake well to mix.

  5. Add Fuchsia to random rubber-banded sections and Black to others. Leave some sections uncolored.

  6. Refill Black dye bottle with water to create Gray then add to sections left uncolored in previous step.

  7. Cover dress with plastic tablecloth and let set for 6 to 8 hours. Rinse thoroughly in warm running water, removing rubber bands at this time. Wash separately in a large load of hottest water suitable for dress and a small amount of laundry soap. Dry according to care instructions.

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