How to Tie-Dye a Hoodie: Out-of-this-World DIY Galaxy Hoodie Tutorial

11 Materials
30 Minutes

Today, I am going to show you how to tie-dye a hoodie to create a galaxy design. Galaxy hoodies are so gorgeous and creative that no one will even notice you are wearing just a hoodie! This DIY tie-dye look is perfect for cold winter days. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • White hoodie or other white garment 
  • Dye 
  • Regular tipped paintbrush 
  • Fine tipped paintbrush
  • String 
  • Bucket 
  • Bleach  
  • Fabric paint
  • Paper 
  • Iron 
  • Rubber gloves
White hoodie ready to be dyed

1. Grab your white hoodie

Pick out your garment of choice. For this tutorial, I will be using a comfy oversized hoodie.

Preparing the dye

2. Prep the dye

For the dye, I am using Dylon Peony fabric powder dye. Pour the packets into three separate cups by color. Fill the cups with water and some dye salt, then mix. 

Tying the materials into bunches with string

3. Prep the hoodie

Section the hoodie by tying parts of the material with string. This will help create the tie-dye effect. You can use rubber bands instead if you would like.

Remove the drawstring from the hood as well and dye separately. 

Soaking the hoodie in water

4. Soak your hoodie

Make sure to put on gloves and place your hoodie into a bucket and soak it in water. Squeeze out the hoodie and lay flat.

How to tie-dye a white hoodie

5. Time to tie-dye

Dip a paintbrush into the dyes and dab it on the hoodie where you see fit. You can also do this without a paintbrush by gently splashing the dye directly from the cup onto your hoodie. Put the hoodie back into your bucket and let it sit until the next day. 

Pink tie-dye hoodie

6. Wash and dry

Cut off all the string and wash and dry the hoodie using a machine. If you are happy with how it came out you can just stop here and enjoy your beautiful new creation! If you are like me however and do not like how it came out, keep reading for further instructions. 

Bleaching the pink tie-dye hoodie

7. Bleach time

Be sure to put on gloves and go outside for this step. Using a paintbrush, dip your brush in bleach and splatter it onto the hoodie. This will help create the galaxy effect. Feel free to add more dye colors using this paint splatter technique.

When you are finished, wait three hours for it to dry and then wash and dry in the machine. Once it is out of the machine you can add the drawstring back into the hood. 

How to make a galaxy hoodie

8. Paint the galaxy 

To really complete the galaxy look, paint stars onto the hoodie in a plus-like figure with fabric paint. I'm using fabric paint by Dylon in gold and white. Make sure you are using a fine-tipped brush. I am adding dots as well. 

Iron the hoodie to seal the paint

9. Iron your hoodie

To make sure that the paint doesn’t come out in the wash you’ll need to iron it. Just take a basic sheet of paper and place it on the hoodie. Using a clothing iron, run the iron on top of the sheet of paper.

Make sure you iron the entire hoodie so that the stars do not come out in the wash.

DIY galaxy hoodie

How to tie-dye a hoodie tutorial

There you have it, your very own DIY tie-dye galaxy hoodie! Wear it to bed, or wear it out and about! Either way, you’ll still be in style. 

Share pictures of your very own tie-dye hoodie in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • White hoodie or other white garment
  • Dye
  • Regular tipped paintbrush
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