Sweatshirt and Top: Reverse Tie-Dye and Dip Dye Tutorial

Nima Fatima
by Nima Fatima
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30 Minutes

As part of an ongoing bleaching obsession, I am going to be bleaching this light army green sweatshirt and then dip-dying a white t-shirt. I love messing around with different colors and patterns and hope to create a cool ombre effect with my bleach this time around.

Tools and materials:

  • Dye
  • Dish or bucket
  • T-shirt
  • Sweatshirt
  • Bleach
How to reverse tie-dye

Bleach the sweater 

The first thing I did was wet the sweater and then lay it out flat on some plastic. Then, using my bleach and water mixture, I went in and started applying the bleach to the areas I wanted lighter. Next, flip the sweater over and do the same to the back. 

Reverse tie-dye patterns

Dye your top 

While the sweater sits and the bleach soaks in, grab your white t-shirt and get ready to dye half of it. Fold it in half and mark the halfway point. Place your dye (hot water and dying powder) into a dish/bucket and then place the half of the shirt you plan on dying into the bath. Let the shirt sit for an hour (as opposed to the recommended four or five) for a light dye. 

Reverse tie-dye bleach

Finish the top 

After soaking your top, rinse it out twice (or until the water runs clear) and then let it dry in the sun. Then, when you wash your top later, wash it alone (or with a towel you don’t care about) for the first couple of times to protect your other clothes. You’ll see that mine had a lot of bleeding, but that could have been avoided by me using a deeper bucket. If I had let the side I wanted to stay clean hang out of the bucket, I think it would have bled significantly less. 

Reverse tie-dye with bleach

How to do reverse tie-dye

To finish the sweatshirt, wash it a couple of times and then let it dry. I love the way this turned out (much better than the top). This reverse-tie-dye with bleach is the perfect way to get that easy ombre look on a sweatshirt that I now love. 

Suggested materials:
  • Dye
  • Bucket
  • T-shirt
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  • Itchey Itchey on May 26, 2022

    wheni was a young girl I thought I would tie did a red sweatshirt with straight bleach...it came out really cool. Then I went to the local swimming hope at a river where all the kids in town hung out. I was a bit " chesty" for my age, and very self conscious about it. Well I got into the water and before long my shirt started falling apart and floating down the river !! It was the most embarrassing thing I had ever delt with. To this day I am still scared of bleach.....hahaha...just thought I'd share

  • Arlene Wolfe Arlene Wolfe on Jun 23, 2022

    Once the sweatshirt is bleached, could you squirt tie dye color on the bleached areas? Agree with you about liking the sweatshirt better. I do like tha color pink, though!