Tools and materials:
- Black T-shirt
- Squeeze bottle
- Zip ties or rubber bands
Have a black, plain old, boring shirt lying around? Get your creative juices flowing and turn something so boring into a fashion masterpiece! In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to do a reverse tie-dye using bleach. Most of the materials used here are household items, so there will probably be no need to purchase materials unless you don’t stock the materials at home. I hope you enjoy this easy DIY reverse tie-dye tutorial!
Get a clean, black T-shirt, lay it out on a smooth surface, and fold it in half. Make sure the T-shirt is smoothed out and that there are no creases present.
Start the pleating method by pleating your folded shirt vertically. Work your way from the bottom to the top and gather the material by making small pleats in the shirt.
When pleating, fold the sleeve and come back to it when you’re done with the top itself.
Once your whole shirt is pleated, hold it in place and add zip ties 2 inches apart. It is up to you how far apart you want your zip ties- it’s your call!
If you don’t have zip ties on hand, you can use rubber bands.
Pleat the sleeve and add zip ties, too.
Now here’s the fun part! It’s time to start bleaching. Take a squirt (or spray) bottle and fill it up with half water and half bleach. Also, remember to wear your gloves!
Spritz a little bleach along the front part of your cable-tied shirt. Don’t put too much and do this with ease.
Then, between the cable ties, add more bleach on each section. I wanted to give it an interesting design so I did the process on every other section.
You will see some sections have more bleach than others.
Repeat the same method on the back of the shirt and let the shirt dry for about 20 minutes.
After the shirt is dried, cut the zip ties off and have a look at how your creation turned out.
Rinse your reverse tie-dye shirt under running, cold water and let it air dry for 30 minutes, and pop it in the dryer for another 30 minutes.
This is how it turned out! I love this design, it’s funky and definitely on fleek! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and good luck!
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