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
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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