Thursday, May 13, 2010

PROJECT 2: Tie-Dyed Baby Onesies & Vests

The second project that I have undertaken is hand tie-dying. This is something I have wanted to do for such a long time and I finally decided I must do it. It was so much fun and already can not wait to do it again. I will have to be careful or I will end up not having one white thing in my home :P

So as for materials for tie-dying I chose to use baby onesies and baby vests in an assortment of sizes. I used 100% cotton material which is perfect for the dye I got. In terms of colours I had: a beautiful Blue, a rich Red and a vibrant Yellow. Three primary colours with which I could mix to create a Purple, an Orange and a Green, other colours also resulted such as Pink which works perfectly for baby girls clothing. I am looking forward to experimenting further with the colours but I am thrilled with how they turned out this time!! I also did a lot of research into different types of dye and different tie-dying techniques before I began and this resulted in a vast array of effects to show.

I have taken an assortment of process pictures to show on my blog to give an insight behind the project. Personally I always find it extremely interesting to see photos of different stages of a person's project. So I intend to share the same.

The picture above shows various different tie's to create different end results, this part was really fun, deciding what effects I wanted to create. It also gave a little anticipation as to exactly how each technique would turn out!!

The next picture shows my set up and dye's used for this project. Note that there was also mixing to create a broader colour range.

The next sequence of photos show the dye applied and wet before resting and washing. Colours are much darker than once the dye has taken to the fabric and then been rinsed and washed.

So that summarises the process pretty well. It really was a lot of fun and all pretty straight forward. I am really just looking forward to more experimentation!! Here are a few picks of the final results. They make me smile every time I look at them, so what more can you ask for?! :)

Some detailed pictures of the results below: this includes both onesies and vests. They are not quiet dry at this stage, but almost. Just a little damp still.

Please feel free to comment on this post if you have any feedback or would like some further information. I would love to hear from you!!


  1. gorgeous!!!

    what dye did u use mate?

    trace :>

  2. Hello Trace :)
    Yay! My very first comment on my blog hehe. Thanks for your kind words, these items were dyed using the Jacquard range of dyes, they are Procion MX fiber reactive dyes and are baby safe.

    Do you tie dye also?

    xx Bec

  3. do you have a post that shows the how to wrap the elastics to create a certain pattern? thats the part i can't find anywhere.

  4. I was wondering the same thing as Sistah Sunshine ... I don't see any instruction re creating the patterns.