DIY Tie Dye Sweatshirt With Bleach

Nomad Moda
by Nomad Moda
5 Materials
3 Hours

In this fashion DIY, I am going to be tie-dying a sweatshirt. I saw this trend on Instagram and TikTok where you can bleach tie-dye a sweatsuit or t-shirt, and I thought it looked really cool, so I wanted to give it a go. I bought a basic black sweatsuit for this DIY. I’m going to do it in my bathtub, and we’re going to see how it turns out.

Tools and materials:

  • Sweatshirt
  • Bleach
  • Rubber bands
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubber gloves
How to reverse tie-dye a sweatshirt

Decide your design

I don’t have a spray bottle, but what I do have is a dish soap bottle that I’m going to use and fill it half up with water and up with bleach so a 1:1 ratio. I would definitely recommend wearing gloves for this.

You can make whatever pattern you want with this, so if you want the traditional tie-dye pattern, you can twist the material from the center (as shown in the picture) and put the rubber bands around. But I don’t want that for the pants or the top, so what I’m going to do is just sort of scrunch it. 

Reverse tie-dye sweatshirt patterns

Dye the clothes

When you’ve decided on what design you’re going for, you need to tie rubber bands around the clothes. Once you have them all scrunched up and rubber-banded (that is a verb right?) you then just need to pour or spray the bleach over the garments. 

Reverse tie-dye bleach

Leave to sit

Now that they are both soaked in bleach, I’m just going to let them sit for about two hours. I can already see that the dye is starting to come out of the material.

Reverse tie-dye bleach


2 hours later... 

I’m now going to take off all the rubber bands and rinse the bleach out under the tap. Then I’m going to put it in the wash.

Bleach tie-dye sweatshirt

This is how it turned out - I’m very happy with it. At first, I thought that there wasn’t going to be enough variation in the color, but I think that both the sweater and the pants turned out really well. And obviously, the longer that you let it sit with the bleach, the more the dye fades. You can also add bleach at different stages of this DIY so that the color saturation will be more varied on different parts of your clothes. I think that it all looks super cute and I’m excited to wear it. Good things come to those who wait :)

Suggested materials:
  • Sweatshirt
  • Bleach
  • Rubber bands
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  • Leslie Leslie on May 14, 2021

    Hi Rebecca, I must say I do not understand why when a question is asked a lot of originators do not answer. Your best bet for tie dye process is to use cotton or any natural fiber material. Polyester does not take dye well. You might get away with a combo of cotton and poly IF the percentage of cotton is higher. Hope this helps. You could always experiment with what you have might get an interesting result. Also if you have never done this process you can Google how to tie dye and what fabrics and dyes to use.

    • Sheryl Jennelle Sheryl Jennelle on Jun 12, 2021

      Fabric artists should be made aware that polyester means "recycled plastic bottles." It resists dyes and most color additives that do stick will be sluffed off over time.

  • Mary Zamora Mary Zamora on Aug 20, 2021

    Love it 💕