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Tie-Dye Clothes for Kids: 5 Things You Need to Know Before You DIY

In recent years, tie-dye clothes for kids have had a significant renaissance in popularity. This resurgence gained popularity, in particular during those times of quarantine, when people were on the lookout for anything that may rekindle their lives. And if you've been shopping recently, either offline or online, you've undoubtedly noticed a lot of tie dye apparel available for purchase. But if you want to get inventive on your own and you desire to make use of outdated and unneeded plain garments, then DIY tie-dye clothes for kids are certainly something that would have crossed your mind. But before we go into the process of making tie-dye clothes for kids ourselves, here’s 5 things you need to know first.

The Many Varieties of Tie-Dye

  • The Classic Method of Tie Dye

The first style of tie-dye clothes for kids is the most typical and may be recognised by its vivid colours and striking patterns. This look became common in the 1960s and 1970s, and it hasn't gone out of style since then. This style of tie-dye begins with a plain white shirt, which is then knotted and stained with one or more colours of liquid dye. The final product is a shirt that has a unique pattern created by the combination of the colours.

  • Using Bleach to Make Tie-Dye

Over the past year or so, bleach tie dye, also known as reverse tie dye, has seen a significant surge in popularity. Tie-dyeing with bleach begins with a shirt of a dark hue, typically black, which is then knotted and bleached to soften the colour. The bleach will lighten the colour of the visible fabric, which will result in the pattern for the tie-dye clothes for kids being created.

  • Ice Coloring

Ice dying is a form of tie-dye that looks a lot like classic tie-dye, but the procedure is a little tad unusual. The same white or light-colored fabric is worn, which is then knotted with rubber bands or otherwise secured with them. After that, ice cubes are placed over the garment, and different coloured powdered dyes are sifted over them. The dye granules will disintegrate when the ice melts, which will result in the fabric becoming completely saturated.

Components of DIY Tie-Dye Clothes for Kids

The selection of colours to be dyed, and the amount of colour saturation in the dye solution are the two most critical aspects of a good stain for tie-dye clothes for kids. The idea is to spray enough colour into the creases in order to prevent the completed product from having a significant quantity of white on it. Squeezing the area that is now saturated with dye will ensure that the colour will seep through all of the layers of the fabric, resulting in a more vibrant end result. Keep in mind the colour wheel as you make decisions about which colours to use in close proximity to one another. If you put colours that are considered to be "opposites," like red and green, or blue and orange, or yellow and purple, next to one other, you will end up with a muddy brown sludge. If you are a fan of vibrant colours, you should avoid putting a hue that contains red in it, such as purple, close to green.

Methods of Design for Children's Tie-Dye Clothing Made at Home


One method is to employ small rubber ties to squeeze and compress the cloth in various spots all around the garment. The result of this will be coloured circles on the tie-dye clothes for kids.



To create concentric circles, first hold the cloth where you desire the centre to be and pull it until you have more or less produced a long tube of clothing out of it. Next, attach rubber bands at points along the fabric.


Vertical/Horizontal Stripe

If you bend a piece of fabric using vertical pleats, the resulting pattern will be a horizontal stripe. Horizontal flaps result in vertical stripes. One possible variation for diagonal stripes is the use of diagonal folds.


Classic Spiral

Place the clothing on a surface that is level, smooth out all of the creases, and then draw a small pleat just across the area that you want to be the centre. Put a clothespin through the very centre of the pleat, and then begin to twist it. As you continue to spin the fabric, pleats will form further from the centre of the piece. When these pleats become too large, separate the pleats with your hands to leave each fold at the same altitude above the table, no more than one to two inches tall.

The Best Items for Tie-Dyeing

You are able to dye many different types of clothing, including cotton shirts, sweaters, socks, and even shoes.  Tie-dying works really well on items that are made of natural fibres. Check the tag to see if it contains cotton, polyester, hemp, linen, or even silk. In the event that you are unable to get shirts made entirely of cotton, an 80/20 cotton/polyester blend can be used instead; however, the dye colours will not be as bright. Cotton and polyester blends that are 50/50 should be avoided because the dye won't take very well to them, resulting in colours that are quite light.


When it comes to the process of making tie-dye clothes for kids, the fact that you never know what the finished product will look like is one of the most exciting aspects of the process. Because of this, it is the ideal DIY fashion project for letting loose, experimenting with various colours and patterns, and going completely off the rails.

Now is the time to begin experimenting with that psychedelic design you have seen on YouTube or that you spotted a cool person wearing at one of the local shops. Natural dyes may be made from a wide variety of ingredients, many of which you probably already have lying about the house. You will be astounded by the number of goods that are already in your kitchen or garden that can be used for experimentation.


Can’t find the time to go through the process yourself? Check out Gary Bigeni’s creations. Aside from the colorful clothing, our apparel is made as gender neutral clothes to suit your kids and be made a daily staple.
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