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Summery Ombré Tie-Dye Sundress

Published Date May 16, 2022

Looking for a stylish way to stand out this summer? We’ve got you covered! This tutorial from Tabitha Sewer uses the Tulip Retro Brights One-Step Tie-Dye Kit to create a bold and bright ombre tie-dye sundress that’s just perfect for keeping cool on warm summer days. Get ready for tons of summer fun with the playful colors in this kit!

What you need:

Tulip Retro Brights One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

White or light-colored sundress

Spray bottle or paintbrush


Prewash, fold and bind dress, then prepare dye solutions

Prewash, fold and bind dress, then prepare dye solutions

Before you get started on this ombre tie-dye dress, prewash the dress that you’ll be tie dyeing and leave it damp. Lay your dress out flat on your covered work surface and accordion pleat and fold vertically and use rubber bands to secure, evenly spacing each rubber band to create 5 sections. Prepare your tie-dye solutions according to package instructions. For this project, we’re using all 5 colors in the Retro Brights Kit!

Apply dye to each section

Apply dye to each section

To create ombre tie-dye effects, saturate each section of fabric with one color of dye and use a spray bottle filled with water to diffuse and blend the colors where they meet. Alternately, after applying dye to each section, you can cut the rubber bands with scissors, lay the dress flat, and use a paintbrush and water to blend the colors in each section.

Multicolored ombre tie-dye dress

Multicolored ombre tie-dye dress

Place your ombre tie-dye dress in a sealed bag or cover with plastic to keep damp while the dye sets, 6 to 8 hours or overnight for more intense colors. Once the dye has set, remove the rubber bands and launder according to package instructions. Your new summer fashion staple is now ready to wear!

Will you be making your own ombre tie-dye sundress this summer? Show us your summer tie-dye style and tag us on social media @TulipColorCrafts!

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