Freehand Stripe Tie-Dye

January 25 2021

At Rit HQ, we don’t make mistakes—only happy accidents like this one. We ended up with this cool design while testing out some new techniques and we’re in love. Find out how to recreate this look below.


  • Cotton White Denim Jacket
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Neon Green, Lemon Yellow, Indigo, Fuchsia
  • Hanger
  • Plastic Squirt Bottle
  • Salt
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Container
  • Paper Towels
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  1. Prewash jacket in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp and set aside.
  2. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 2 tablespoons of well-shaken liquid dye with two cups of hot tap water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt. Pour into a squirt bottle. Shake well.
  3. Repeat the same process laid out in step 4 for desired colors.
  4. Place jacket on hanger and hang over your sink or plastic container. This will catch any drips during the dyeing process.
  5. Apply dye from the top with a squeeze bottle and let the color run down the jacket. Repeat with other colors as desired and fill in where there’s any white space.
  6. Turn jacket around and repeat for backside.
  7. To set the dye, do the following right after applying the dye:
    1. Apply Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative with a squeeze bottle, which will enhance the colors and reduce bleeding. Mix 2 tablespoons of well-shaken ColorStay Dye Fixative with water and apply liberally to both sides of the jacket.
    2. After applying ColorStay Dye Fixative, wrap jacket in plastic wrap and seal the edges. Lay the wrapped fabric out in the sun for an hour or blow dry each side for 2 minutes to heat set.
  8. Rinse in cold water until rinse water begins to run clear. This is very important to prevent unabsorbed dye from bleeding into any white areas.
  9. Wash in cold water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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