Monday, July 22, 2013

How to make a tie-dye jeans jacket

We've seen this denim jacket a lot around here! It's really the perfect summer jacket and I wear it almost every day. I thought I would show you how you can make your own.

- Bleach
- Used denim jacket
- Plastic bucket
- Old spoon or kitchen utensil
- Latex gloves to protect your hands (optional)

1) The easiest way to find a used denim jacket is to head to your local second-hand shop. Since we're going to be changing the colour, focus on finding the right fit. 

2) In the plastic bucket, make a solution of 1/5 bleach with 4/5 water. The idea is really not to have too much solution, but just enough to submerge your jacket. It's a good thing if your jacket is all bunched up and twisted. Let this soak for about two hours, checking periodically for the colour. When you're a few shades before your desired colour, move on to step 3.
3) For the tie-dye look you see bellow, simply pour 3 to 4 cups more bleach over the solution without mixing it in. Gently poke your jacket here and there with the spoon, moving it around very slightly. You want to have a solution that is not uniformly mixed, because this is what will create the tie-dye effect. Let it soak, keeping an eye on it, until you obtain the desired effect.

4) Rinse the jacket several times in water using the plastic gloves. Then wash a couple time in the washing machine to make sure all the bleach is gone. It's also not a bad idea to use softner at this point because the bleach will make the denim pretty rough.
5) Enjoy your brand new jeans jacket!

This method could of course be applied to any other denim garment -- and even non-denim items. Imagine how amazing this would be for jeans!

Make sure to leave a link to your finished projects in the comment section.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!

1 comment:

  1. It just needs some jewels and silver foil - but not on the sleeves, that might be too much. ;)

    I love your jacket, it has a lovely level of pattern to the tie dye.


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