Tie Dye a Romper!

July 22 2019

Rompers have made a come-back and so has tie dye! Well, we like to think that tie-dye is always in trend. Pairing the two together created this fun summer look. Learn how to create your own tie-dyed romper from home!

Supplies
  • Cotton Romper
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Aquamarine, Fuchsia and Golden Yellow
  • Plastic Squirt Bottle
  • Rubber Bands
  • Salt
  • Baking Rack and Tray
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
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Instructions
  1. Prewash romper in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Lay romper out on a flat surface.
  3. Pleat romper.
  4. Wrap rubber bands tightly around the romper at various points. The rubber bands act as a resist and creates white spaces. The more rubber bands you use and the tighter they are wrapped, the more white space there will be.
  5. Since we wanted to use multiple colors and control exactly where the dye went, we applied the dye with squirt bottles. However, you could also create a dyebath in a plastic container.
  6. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 1/2 cup of well-shaken liquid dye with two cups of hot tap water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt. Pour into a squirt bottle. Shake well. Repeat for each color. We used Aquamarine, Fuchsia and Golden Yellow on this romper.
  7. Place romper on baking rack with a tray under it. This keeps the dye from puddling under the fabric.
  8. Squeeze dye in between rubber bands.
  9. To help set the dye, we recommend using your microwave. Wrap the dyed romper in plastic wrap and seal the edges. Place the wrapped romper on a paper towel in the microwave and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Plastic will puff up, creating a heat chamber that helps bond the dye with the fabric. Once the microwave is done, remove the romper and open the plastic, letting it cool down.
  10. Before removing the rubber bands, we strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative on the romper. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these instructions.
  11. Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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