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How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

By Kirsten Nunez ; Updated August 23, 2018

Denim shorts are a staple in warm weather. You can spice up a pair of basic white denim shorts with an easy dyeing technique. Use this method to add your favorite color scheme to one garment. You can also use this tutorial to dye t-shirts, dresses and jeans.

Cover your work space with a tarp or garbage bag. In the first bin, mix the blue powdered dye with water according to the package’s directions. Repeat with the red dye in the second bin. The more powdered dye you add, the darker the colors become.

Prep the blue and red fabric dye in two separate bins.

Place the two bins of fabric dye side by side. Lay the left side of the white shorts in the blue dye and the right side in the red.

Keep the middle portion of the shorts out of the dye.

Carefully rotate the shorts to submerge the top or bottom parts into the dye.

Re-position the shorts to apply more dye.

Rinse the shorts under running water until the water turns clear. Wash in the washing machine for one cycle or according to the package’s directions.

Carefully read the dye’s packaging for specific washing instructions.

Let the shorts dry completely.

Let your new shorts dry completely before you put them on.

And they're ready to wear!

Red and blue fabric dye on white shorts is perfect for July 4th.

About the Author

Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and author focusing on crafts, recipes, and health. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in New York.