Wednesday, April 24

Tie Dye an Upcycled Skirt

I did it!  I actually tie dyed something!  Alert the media! Though this upcycled thrift store skirt isn't everything I had in my mind's eye, I think I'm on to something fun.  I plan to explore this idea further.  Creativity is a process and we can't be worried about getting everything right on the first try, because that's bound to be disappointing.  I don't believe in "craft fails" as much as I believe in craftortunities.  With a little work and some more fine tuning, these bulls eye style tie dye flowers could be very, very cool.  It's my goal to take tie dye into a new direction over the next few months and these saturated, colorful, fabulous Tulip dyes are the perfect way to do that.  They have made it so easy to tie dye, anyone can do it, even me! Read on to find out  how I turned a $2.00 thrift store white eyelet skirt into a vibrant tie dyed creation.
You will need:
White eyelet 100% cotton skirt
*Tulip Tie Dye in Orange, Pink and Yellow
Tulip Fabric Markers in Black, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Pink
*Rubber Bands
*Plastic Sheeting
Plastic Bag
Washing Machine
(*All starred items come with Tulip tie dye kits)
1.  Gather your materials, be ready to rock and roll before you add water and mix the dyes.  WASH skirt to remove sizing or fabric softener. 2. Follow instructions to mix.  3. Wet skirt before dyeing.  Tie off skirt by grasping and twisting small sections, band, twist again and band.  Repeat to make these small twisted sections across bottom of skirt.  4. Add lighter dye to center of each section.
5. Add orange to bottom sections.  6. Wrap entire skirt up with more rubber bands and add pink.  Wash and dry following instructions.  7. Grab some markers! 8. Turn bulls eye sections into flowers using black marker.  Add some butterflies if you like too!
Next time, I'm thinking of dyeing the fabric a soft color first, then doing a monochromatic tie dye.  I may go back and over dye this skirt pale pink.  I'm also visualizing just the flowers with out any extra dye or patterns around them so they create fun and colorful splashes of color on a blank white canvas.  I'm also thinking of using the resist dye to prevent the dye from getting anywhere I don't want it to be.  Are you a tie dye fan?  What kinds of tie dyed projects would you like to see?   Do tell!  Visit and  DIY Doyenne to find more DIY, style and fashion inspiration. 


Estela NW said...

Who knew tie dye could be so pretty and feminine? Now I can't wait to try out this technique! Another awesome project from the awesome Madge! :)

Margot Potter said...

Hooray! Thank you, Estela!

Unknown said...

Can I ask what make of markers you use as the ones I have seem to spread/bleed uncontrolably and I am terrified of them!

randsjane said...

I am excited to make these skirts for both my teen daughter and my tween niece! They are going to totally love them! Maybe I'll even make a maxi version for myself. What's fun about tie dye, is that you can create something for just about any age group and gender. I love to dye things, especially thrift shop finds. Thanks for sharing, "Madge". xo

randsjane said...

And also, I have the same question about the markers. The ones I've tried, don't stay on after washing, even when heat-set. Same thing with stamping ink.

Margot Potter said...

Rachael I use Tulip Fabric Markers, they're designed for fabrics!

Margot Potter said...

I love playing with thrift shop finds too, that way if things don't work out perfectly, you can cut them up or rework them and it's not a bank breaker!

Jordash Clothing said...

Wow, Great. I love these tie dye skirts. Really cool.

Beauty Hedge said...

Heyy!! Great work. Congratulations...I loved it!!

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