Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DIY Colored Denim


I have been wanting to buy some fun colored denim for summer, but have been hesitant because I’m cheap and I don’t want to spend too much on trendy items.Will we all be wearing these next summer? So I decided to make my own. I wanted to try orange first one of my favorite colors!

I grabbed two pairs of pants 1st pair was from Old Navy an old pair of white cargo capris, and a Thrifted pair of White denim carpis from the DI.

I grabbed my RIT Dye from Smith’s this can be found at almost any grocery store and Craft, and Fabric stores usually have a great selection of colors. The box of Dye was $2.


Now for the Directions:

1- Wash your fabric- start with clean clothing.

2-Prepare the Dye, I dissolved the dye powder into 2 c. hot water (carefully this is super concentrated)

3-Soak your pants in hot clean water

4-Start your washing machine for the longest hot cycle, & for the largest capacity load.

5-Add the Diluted Dye mixture to the hot water in the washing machine

6- Add 1 C. Salt

7- Then drop in your clothing for the Dye Bath! I just let it run through a full cycle

(I was so nervous at this point I’d only used dye previously in Tie-dyed Camp Shirts! As I watched my washing machine fill with bright orange Dye I thought Let’s hope this works out and doesn't ruin everything)



8-Once the cycle stopped I  washed them again with my home made laundry detergent in a cycle.

9-Then I tossed them in the dryer as normal.

10- I also washed my washing machine by soaking a rag in bleach and rubbing the drum out, then ran an empty cycle on the washing machine of Laundry detergent and 2 cups of bleach. It’s now cleaner than before!

(I’ve been doing laundry all day and my washing machine is clean and didn’t get anything else orange phew!)

Now how did they turn out?

Photo credits from the iphone by my 4 year old photographer!



These thrifted pair are my favorite, they are capris from White House Black Market


The 2nd Pair I threw in were already in my donate pile that I never wore but might be more inclined to wear them more with a T shirt and Sandals for Summer!006

So for a grand total of $7! I have two new pair of Colored Capris for Summer!

Watch out local friends I will be buying up any cute pair of white denim at the DI!

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks David! Who knew the potential of a little dye!

  2. What a great idea! I love the color you picked. I might have to try this. I want a pair of colored jeans but they are too pricey for my budget :)

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

    1. Agree that the colored denim can be expensive you can't go wrong with some thrift store items and a box of dye! If you try this I'd love to see how they turn out!

  3. Great Idea! Thanks for sharing. Smiles, Paula

  4. That is brilliant. I have a pair of white capris I thrifted last year for a Halloween costume. I think they are a very good candidate for this project!

    1. Lisa- Give it a try I figured I had not much to loose! I love it when an experiment turns out!

  5. Those turned out great! I love that color.

  6. love it and you look amazing! Check out those sexy legs!

  7. Amber! First of all, this is the cutest idea! And also... I just wanted to drop in to say how fun it has been to meet you at SNAP! You are adorable and so is your blog!!! I'd love to keep in touch and check in on all of the fun, crafty, fashionable, party planning things you are doing! See you tomorrow!

  8. So funny b/c Jeremy and I snuck away to Joann's today and I bought some rit dye for a project I have been meaning to do. Sooo nervous...:-/ so glad to see how awesome yours turned out. It was so great to meet you and talk to u at the conference.

    1. The Dye was intimidating but now I am on the hunt for more things to dye. I saw someone else was dying a duvet too. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  9. Alright smartie pants, why didn't I think of this?! Clever!!!
    scissors & spatulas

    1. Jen, Really rit dye is so much fun I can't wait to see what else I dip in the dye. Even wood clothespins would be adorable for some fun color!

  10. Wow, are you serious?! So cute, it makes me want to try too. Thanks Amber- so glad you shared today hopefully lots of my H&H friends will find their way over to Posh Ideas.

  11. I absolutely loved the way your jeans turned out. My mom used to dye things a lot, & I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for the great tutorial. BTW, I enjoyed meeting t you at SNAP. Your business card is fabulous!

    Warmly, Michelle

  12. Those turned out great! I love that color.


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