DIY a Trendy, Pastel, Tie-Dye Tracksuit

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I absolutely love loungewear! One of the newest trends these days is the pastel, tie-dye tracksuit. Rather than go out and buy a tracksuit, I decided to make my own! I love how creative I felt making this amazing two-piece and it was a great way to keep busy at home. This tie-dye tracksuit turned out better than I could have hoped. If you want to learn the ins and outs of making this on-trend outfit, my tutorial is definitely for you! Follow my simple and easy, step-by-step guide and get started on DIYing your own pastel, tie-dye tracksuit.

How to tie-dye sweatpants

Tools and materials:

  • Dye
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic sheets
  • Rubber bands
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Tissues
  • Plastic bags
  • White tracksuit  
Wet your tracksuit
Wet your tracksuit with hot water

To get started on this absolutely amazing DIY, wet your white tracksuit with hot water. You want the fabric to be damp and not dripping with water. 

Tie-dye sweatpants set
Prepare the squeeze bottle

Next, fill up your little squeeze bottle with hot water. Make sure to leave a little bit of space in the bottle for the dye. 

Add dish soap

Before you add the dye, go ahead and add a little bit of dish soap to the water. This really helps the colors blend more, creating the desired effect for your new tracksuit. I would suggest adding 2-3 drops of dish soap. 

Add the dye

Next, it’s time to add the dye to the squeeze bottle. Use a teaspoon to make your measurements more precise. I added two different shades of blue to my mix. Add two teaspoons of the darker color and one of the lighter shade. Once the dye is added, give the bottle a little shake. 

Blue tie-dye sweatpants
Test the color

Before you can move on to adding color to your tracksuit, test the color by squeezing some onto a tissue. Keep in mind that once you wash the tracksuit, the color will become a whole lot lighter, creating that gorgeous pastel effect. 

Women’s tie-dye sweatpants
Scrunch up the tracksuit

To create the gorgeous cloudy tie-dye effect, you need to simply scrunch up the tracksuit fabric. 

Scrunch the fabric

Start by scrunching up the first leg and when you reach the waist, tie it with an elastic band. Then you can repeat this scrunching technique on the other leg. Don’t worry about this being perfect because the tracksuit will look stunning regardless. 

Pastel tie-dye sweatpants

To make sure the middle section of the pants is scrunched, add an elastic over the whole piece of fabric. 

Scrunch up the sweatshirt

Repeat the same scrunching technique for the top of the tracksuit. 

Dye the tracksuit
Dye the tracksuit

Now it’s finally time to start dyeing the tracksuit. Start pouring the dye solution over your tracksuit. Try and cover all the visible white areas with the blue dye. 

Place the tracksuit in a plastic bag
Leave in a plastic bag

Once your dye is on, leave the tracksuit in a plastic bag for 8-12 hours. The longer you let the dye sit, the darker the shade of the dye will be. 

Rinse the tracksuit
Rinse the tracksuit

Once the dye has been left to sit for long enough, remove the elastic bands and rinse your tracksuits under a tap. Then pop your tracksuit into the wash for a long 40-degrees celsius cycle. 

DIY tie-dye sweatpants

I am totally obsessed with this pastel, cloudy tie-dye tracksuit. What color dye would you use to create this look? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Dye
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic sheets
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