Learn How to Upcycle Old Pieces Into Beach Tie-Dye Fashion Favorites!

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While I was doing a closet clean-out, I realized that rather than throw old pieces away, I could upcycle some old clothes to create looks I would actually wear! I love using fabric that I already have to make new, trendy outfits! It’s so easy to restyle old clothes and create some fashion-forward masterpieces! If you are looking to upcycle a few old pieces sitting in your closest then this tutorial is for you! Follow my step-by-step guide and learn how to take old clothes from shabby to chic!

Tools and Materials:

  • Shirt
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Gloves
  • Tank top
how to tie dye with bleach, Bleach tie dye
Bleach tie-dye

I started my upcycle with this old red golf T-shirt. I usually don’t wear red so I knew I would be making some changes to the color of my new piece. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Cut the shirt
Cut the shirt
Cut the shirt

I started by cutting the shirt as close to the buttons as possible. 

how to tie dye with bleach, DIY bleach tie dye
DIY bleach tie-dye

I then tried the shirt on like a skirt and pinned it to make sure the waistline would fit. I headed over to my sewing machine and took the skirt in. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Make a waistband
Make a waistband
Sew the raw edge



Next, I sewed the top, raw edge down to make a waistband for the skirt.

how to tie dye with bleach, Reverse tie dye with bleach
Reverse tie-dye with bleach
Create the ruched style

In this step, I hand sewed two straight lines down the sides of my skirt. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Gather the fabric
Gather the fabric

I gathered the fabric to create this gorgeous, ruched effect. I love how the gatherings add so much drama to this skirt! I pinned them in place and sewed them to keep them nice and secure. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Bleach tie dye skirt
Bleach tie-dye skirt
Bleach-dye the skirt

I was so excited to dye the skirt to get an amazing color I would wear! I scrunched it into the sink and slowly poured bleach over it, rinsing it with water after each pour. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Spray the bleach
Spray the bleach

I then used a spray bottle to spray bleach onto the skirt, in different areas, creating an amazing tie-dye effect. Once the skirt had dried, I rinsed it out until the water ran clear and waited for it to dry again. 

how to tie dye with bleach, DIY bleach tie dye skirt
DIY bleach tie-dye skirt

I love how this skirt turned out! It’s now one of my favorite pieces to wear! 

how to tie dye with bleach, DIY tank top
DIY tank top

The next piece I transformed into a closet essential is this white tank top.

how to tie dye with bleach, Seam rip the neckline
Seam rip the neckline
Remove the bias tape

I started by seam ripping the neckline to remove the bias tape. I love bias tape and I knew I would use it for my new neckline.

how to tie dye with bleach, Cut the top
Cut the top
Cut the new shape

I then cut out the shape I wanted for my new and improved top. The top was a bit wide so I took in the sides to get a more fitted look. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Pin the bias tape
Pin the bias tape
Sew on the bias tape

In this step, I pinned the bias tape onto the new neckline and sewed it on. I love the clean finish bias tape adds to a neckline! I tried the top on again and realized there was still a lot of extra fabric so I took it in making sure it fit just right. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Make the straps
Make the straps
Add the straps

To make the straps for my amazing new tank top, I took two pieces of the fabric and placed them right sides together and then sewed around three sides. I turned the fabric right side out using a wire to help me poke out the fabric. 

how to tie dye with bleach, Press the straps
Press the straps

I pressed the straps down with my iron. Working with a material that doesn’t hold so well can be difficult but using an iron definitely does the trick! 

how to tie dye with bleach, Sew on the sleeves
Sew on the sleeves

I then sewed the four sleeve pieces onto my tank top and I was ready for the big reveal! 

how to tie dye with bleach, DIY white tank top
DIY white tank top

I just love how easy it was to make this tank top! It goes perfectly with my new skirt! What clothes are you ready to upcycle? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Bleach
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