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.
Things You'll Need
- White denim shorts
- Blue and red fabric dye
- Shallow plastic bins (2)
- Tarp or large plastic garbage bag
- Rubber gloves
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.
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.
Carefully rotate the shorts to submerge the top or bottom parts into the 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.
Let the shorts dry completely.
And they're ready to wear!
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.