How to Tie Dye Baby Clothes

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Tie-dyeing baby clothes is simple and fun.
Tie-dyeing baby clothes is simple and fun. (Image: baby image by Fabio Barni from Fotolia.com)

Give your little one a stylish edge by tie-dyeing his baby clothes. Tie-dyeing is no longer just for hippies; in fact, it is fairly popular in the fashion world. With bright colors and swirling designs, tie-dye clothes are easy to make and fun to wear.

Things You'll Need

  • White baby clothes
  • Tie-dye kit
  • Rubber bands
  • Marbles
  • Cold water
  • Rubber gloves

Obtain clothing that you want to tie-dye. For instance, onesies, T-shirts and pants will typically tie-dye well. White clothing usually works best, as the dye won’t have fabric colors to compete with.

Purchase a tie-dye kit from the craft store. Each kit has its own instructions; however, most require that you mix the powdered dyes with the fixer. Follow the directions that come with your kit for best results.

Place rubber bands around the garments to create the type of design you desire. For instance, to create a line design, you would roll the garment into the shape of a tube, then attach rubber bands around the tube, similar to how you would tie a piece of meat. To create circles, you would insert marbles into the fabric, then enclose them inside by using rubber bands.

Place your garment in the dye and allow it to soak for 15 to 20 minutes, if you are using only one color. If you are using various colors, use a squeeze bottle to apply the colors to different sections of the garment and allow them to stay on for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the garments from the dye—if you used one color and it is soaking—and rinse them under cold water until the water runs clear, or how your kit advises. Remove the rubber bands and marbles to reveal your design. Wash the garment and allow it to dry before placing on your baby.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear gloves when tie-dyeing.

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