How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

Denim shorts are a staple in warm weather. You can spice up a pair of basic white denim shorts with an easy dyeing technique. Use this method to add your favorite color scheme to one garment. You can also use this tutorial to dye t-shirts, dresses and jeans.

Red, white and blue shorts
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Things You'll Need

  • White denim shorts

  • Blue and red fabric dye

  • Shallow plastic bins (2)

  • Tarp or large plastic garbage bag

  • Rubber gloves

Step 1

Cover your work space with a tarp or garbage bag. In the first bin, mix the blue powdered dye with water according to the package’s directions. Repeat with the red dye in the second bin. The more powdered dye you add, the darker the colors become.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts
Prep the blue and red fabric dye in two separate bins. (Image: How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts)

Step 2

Place the two bins of fabric dye side by side. Lay the left side of the white shorts in the blue dye and the right side in the red.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts
Keep the middle portion of the shorts out of the dye. (Image: How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts)

Step 3

Carefully rotate the shorts to submerge the top or bottom parts into the dye.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts
Re-position the shorts to apply more dye. (Image: How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts)

Step 4

Rinse the shorts under running water until the water turns clear. Wash in the washing machine for one cycle or according to the package’s directions.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts
Carefully read the dye’s packaging for specific washing instructions. (Image: How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts)

Step 5

Let the shorts dry completely.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts
Let your new shorts dry completely before you put them on. (Image: How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts)

Step 6

And they're ready to wear!

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts
Red and blue fabric dye on white shorts is perfect for July 4th. (Image: How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts)
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