This post is brought to you by Tulip and Blueprint Social. The opinions are my own.
If you’ve been around with me long enough, you know that;
A. I DIY anything I don’t want to pay full price for and,
2. I love a bit of snark and humor.
So I wanted to create something that sort of embodied those things into one pretty cool thing – a Tie Dye Color Melt Workout Tank! That’s right – I work out (sometimes) and I like to look totally amazing and awesome when I do, because is there any other way to be?
I use the term “color melt” instead of Ombre because ombre is more of a gradient fading and color melt (a hairstyling term) means to sort of blend or “melt” several colors into each other. Color Melting is VERY hot right now – so I am embracing this trend – not just because it’s fun, but because it’s awesome too!
I knew that having a comfy workout shirt is a must – and this summer I will be teaching (yes you heard that right) a Master Class at the dance studio with a friend of mine, Casie Wright! So I need sweet dance swag that’s easy to move in and is also cute enough to get me from the studio, to the store and all around town without looking a hot mess. Plus snark. That stuff can cost big bucks, and I’d rather save the big bucks for a trip to Disneyland this summer, so enter my DIY swag.
So I started with an oversized white t-shirt, some Tie Dye from Tulip, gloves and Elmer’s Glue. Really, that’s it!
This entire tutorial will take about 2 days from start to finish, so prepare yourself in case you’re deciding you want this done by tomorrow. I’m sure you could cut a corner or two, but we did this slow and steady.
Tie Dye Color Melt Workout Tank
Start by choosing your design for the front of your shirt. I went with a quote from Pitch Perfect because it sums up my workout enthusiasm. I created a traceable printable for you below if you want to do the same one I did – or of course, do anything you’d like!
Go ahead and print that out, I’ll wait.
Welcome back! So, so take your tracing stencil and slip it inside the shirt.
Using WASHABLE WHITE SCHOOL GLUE, trace the letters. Use enough that it’s thick, but not so much that it will run and make a big glob. Leave this to DRY completely. The glue will act as sort of a waterproof barrier on the shirt when you Tie Dye, and your words will show through once you wash it. Trust me, it really works!
Now it’s time for the color melting portion of the program. Usually with Tie Dye, you scrunch the shirt up and bind it all together with rubber bands. For the color melt technique, you will use a large baking pan, tray or anything similar. Place the dried shirt into the basin and scrunch it up so it fits, but also lays sort of flat. Is that confusing enough yet? Check out my photo…
Pick your colors – It’s easiest to pick two sort of primary colors, and then a center melt color that would match that as if the colors, melted together. I chose pink, purple and blue. I wanted a more pastel, lighter dye, so I let my daughter tie dye her own shirt with half the Tulip Dye, then I added more water and diluted my dye a bit. These Tulip Tie Dyes are so freaking easy to use – the powdered dye already comes inside the tubes – you JUST ADD WATER. Everything you need (dye, rubber bands, and gloves) are included in the kits. It’s so simple a 3 year old could do it without tie dying our house. Really.
Ok, so start with the ends first and saturate the shirt the best you can with the pink and blue on either side. You can use a damp shirt to start with and it will help create a better melt, if you want a more “Tie Dyed” effect, use a dry shirt first. If you feel like you’re running out of dye, add more water and continue. You’ll blend it all together at the end so more diluted color won’t make a HUGE difference.
Once you’ve done the outer colors, melt them together with the purple (or whatever color you picked) – Blue Green and Yellow would be a cool effect too!
I then added more water into the bottles and resaturated the shirt, using my gloved hands to smoosh the colors to help them blend and melt together. The extra water will help as you can’t really wrap this in plastic to sit a few hours or overnight, this insures it won’t dry out too quickly.
See how the glue doesn’t allow the color to set in?! OMG I’m so excited!!
After the color has set, wash alone, according to package directions and dry completely.
We will now cut the shirt into the tank top. So grab some sharp fabric scissors!
Like in the top left phot, cut off the seams on the bottom, the arms and the neck. Save the bottom hem for the back side of the tank. Slightly pull the shirt to make the edges curl a bit. This helps the shirt not shed as much.
Flip the shirt over and gather the back. Tie a knot using the bottom hem piece and tightly wrap around to create a racer back on the tank. This is totally optional, but it’s sorta cool. You do you.
Try it on and adjust accordingly. Trim here, tighten there, wrap this, pull that. And you’ve got a cute loose fitting tank to wear over a bathing suit, sports bra, or a camisole, whatever’s clever! Easy right?
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What are your favorite things to Tie Dye? What techniques do you use?