Ice Dyed Shorts

July 26 2018

Here is your chance to create something no one else with have! All you need is a pair of white jean shorts, some ice and our powder dye.

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Important: This technique must be done with Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye

  1. Prewash shorts in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Gather supplies.
  3. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  4. Wet shorts and completely crumple into a small, flat ball.
  5. Place crumpled shorts on top of drying rack, over a plastic tub (to catch dripping dye).
  6. Cover shorts completely with ice. Different ice sizes will yield different patterns.
  7. Open dye packages. Use spoon to sprinkle dye on the ice. With these shorts, we wanted a lot of white space so we sprinkled the dye like how we would sprinkle salt on food. We used very little dye. 
  8. Let the ice melt completely through the shorts.
  9. Once melted, we strongly recommend transferring the dyed pillowcase to a container with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into the white areas. Let it set for 20 minutes.
  10. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
  11. Wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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