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How to Bleach Tie-Dye a Sundress This Summer

Published Date May 16, 2022

If you’re interested in learning how to bleach tie dye, you’ll love this tutorial from Oh Yay Studio! Don’t be intimidated by the bleach tie-dye technique— it’s super easy when you have the Tulip Reverse 4-Color Tie-Dye Kit! Pick up a kit and follow along to make your own bold summer sundress.

What you need:

Tulip Reverse 4-Color Tie-Dye Kit

Dark-colored sundress

Wire rack (optional)

Step 1 - Prewash, fold, and bind dress.

Prewash, fold, and bind dress.

Before you get started on this bleach tie-dye dress, prewash (and dry, if desired) the dress that you’ll be tie dyeing. You’ll want to use 100% cotton or cotton blend fabric for best results. Fold and bind your dress in your desired tie-dye technique—for this project, we’re doing the classic spiral. 

Step 2 - Apply color changer to dress

Apply color changer to dress

Now it’s time to learn how to bleach tie dye! Follow the package instructions to mix your color changer and dye solutions. Place dress onto a wire rack or protected work surface, then apply your bleach solution, rotating the fabric as needed. Use your gloved hands to help work the color changer into the fabric. When you’re satisfied with the amount of color removal on the dress, remove the rubber bands, rinse, then wash with cold water and detergent.

Step 3 - Apply dyes to dress

Apply dyes to dress

Once your dress has been laundered, fold and bind it with rubber bands once more or lay it flat on your protected work surface. Now it’s time to add color back to your bleach tie-dye dress! Apply dye solutions to the light-colored sections of the dress, using gloved hands to work the dye into fabric. Cover with plastic and let set for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Step 4 - Multicolored bleach tie-dye dress

Multicolored bleach tie-dye dress

Once the dyes have set, rinse and launder according to package instructions. Your colorful bleach tie-dye dress is now ready for all of your summer adventures! Now that you’ve learned how to bleach tie dye, get ready to try this fun technique on everything!

Will you be trying the bleach tie-dye technique for your summer wardrobe? Show us your summer tie-dye style and tag us on social media @TulipColorCrafts!


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Tulip Reverse 4-Color Tie-Dye Kit

Try a new way to tie-dye dark fabrics with the Tulip Reverse 4-Color One-Step Tie-Dye Kit! Includes 4 (2.75 fl. oz.) One-Step Dyes (Pink, Orange, Robin’s Egg Blue, Lilac) plus Color Changer, gloves, rubber bands, and project guide. This kit is ready to add bold color to your wardrobe with colorful reverse tie-dye designs!
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