How to Easily Create Cool Shapes & Patterns With Bleach Tie-Dye

Meera Kaneria
by Meera Kaneria
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3 Hours

Today I am showing you how to create tie-dye patterns using bleach. I am choosing three different pieces of clothing to experiment with different techniques. Each technique creates some really cool patterns!

Tie-dying old clothing is a great way to upgrade and give them new life. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Bleach in a spray bottle 
  • Gloves 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Three pieces of clothing
  • Fork
Scrunching the t-shirt ready to tie-die

1. Bunch up the t-shirt

Choose an old t-shirt, preferably a dark-colored one, for tie-dying. 

Place a fork in the center of your shirt and twist clockwise, gathering the shirt with you as you twist. 

This will allow you to bunch up your shirt in a spiral pattern more smoothly. 

Securing the t-shirt with rubber bands

2. Secure your shirt

Tie rubber bands around the circumference of the shirt to secure it firmly in place. 

Spraying the t-shirt with bleach

3. Spray with bleach 

Use bleach in a spray bottle to spray over the shirt as liberally as you would like. 

4. Rest 

Let your shirt rest for half an hour to allow it to set properly.

Wash and dry. 

Using stencils to create shapes with bleach

5. Use stencils

For the leggings, I am using stencils to make cool and funky shapes. You can get super creative with this technique! 

I cut paper into a flame shape and placed it on my leggings. Then, I took my bleach bottle and sprayed over it. I repeated this for the second leg.

Let it dry for half an hour, then wash and dry before wearing.

Bleaching the bottom half of jeans

6. The jeans 

For the jeans, I tried doing circle patterns but they came out really ugly.

In the end, I decided to bleach the bottom half of the jeans to create a cool contrasting effect. 

Let dry, then wash and dry before wearing. 

Black t-shirt before the tie-dye
Reverse tie-dye with bleach
Leggings before the bleach dye

How to create bleach tie-dye patterns

Jeans before the bleach dye
How to tie-dye techniques with bleach

How to do bleach tie-dye

Here are the before and after shots of each item of clothing. As you can see, each technique has created different and creative looks. I am really happy with how they all turned out.

You can do this as an activity with friends or on your own, either way, you get a total style upgrade! 

Let me know what you guys think in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Bleach in a spray bottle
  • Gloves
  • Rubber bands
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