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Winter’s coming, and that means it’s hoodie time.
And in this family that means tie-dye hoodies, of course. Just because the weather is grey and miserable doesn’t mean we have to be!
Watch me low-water immersion dye a beige hoodie. This is such an easy method the video is less than a minute – watch to the end to see the final result!
I wasn’t sure if it would work, because the hoodie is only 35% cotton. But it turns out the outer, smooth layer of fabric must be mostly cotton, because it dyed really well. The fluffy inside is still beige, which doesn’t matter at all.
Low-water immersion dyeing involves stuffing the item into a tight container and pouring over dye. The tightness of the container creates natural resists – the dye will penetrate less when it’s tightly packed, and the folds in the fabric create dye patterns. We used one colour, and overdyed the beige base with chocolate brown Procion dye, but you can use multiple colours.
It sat for an hour, letting the dye creep through the fabric. I then poured over the soda ash solution to fix the dye. After four hours in the solution I rinsed and washed.
Forrest is stoked with his new tie-dye hoodie and has been wearing it nearly every day. Getting decent photos was a little tricky, but we kind of got there in the end.
And it really is that easy! You don’t need to be a ninja at folding or make a big mess to tie-dye – low-water immersion is probably the easiest and least messiest way to dye.