DIY: Tie Dye Denim

This DIY kick starts my tie dye week (another version to come) and just might be my most favorite DIY yet!!  As I was perusing the latest Elle magazine, I saw an ad for Paige denim.  It was for a beautiful pair of tri-colored tie dye jeans (Paige Toulouse Verdugo Skinny).  I have been on a color obsession lately and had to have my hands on these. The price was a little out of reach for me, so I thought I would take a stab at it myself. The steps were pretty simple.

- white skinny denim (I bought an inexpensive pair from Target here )
- RIT dye (denim blue, wine bordo, and petal pink)
- sponge brush
1. Follow the steps on the RIT dye package to create your dye baths.
2. Using your sponge brush, paint strokes on the front side of the jean.  Start with the lightest color. I used petal pink. Note: I added a bit of tan to get a more coral color.
3. Paint strokes with the next darkest color on the front side of the jean.  I used wine bordo. Note: I added a bit of denim blue to make it a bit more magenta.
4. Paint strokes with the darkest color on the front side as well. I used denim blue. Note: I added a bit of wine bordo for a purple tint.
5. Once, the front side is fully painted, let dry and follow steps 2 through 4 for the back side.  Do not forget about the side seams, paint strokes to connect the front and back sides.  Let dry!  Try on and dance!!  You now have fun pair of tie dye denim!!  Swell done!!


  • Amanda L

    Super cute… I love the result even more than the inspiration!

  • Cathy

    Remember to cold water wash with a tablespoon of salt to hold the dye in. Line dry. Also make sure you don’t wash those pants with anything else or your clothes will look like the Easter eggs.

  • Very good points!! Thanks for mentioning! :)

  • Great DIY inspiration! I definitely need to do this one something soon.

  • Hannah

    Woah, this is SO SMART! I am so pinning this right now!

  • daisy

    hi, i really wanna try these out but did you use anything in the legs to stop the dye running through onto the back of the leg?

    • Aimee

      Hi Daisy!

      Yes. You can cut up a large trash bag and place it in the inside of each pant leg if you are seeing that the dye is soaking through. :) Enjoy!! Would love to see how yours turned out!

  • I love the results! I agree that they turned out even better than the inspiration. Cute final look! :)

  • This is great!!! Love it!!!!xxx

  • Adri

    Hi, just to tell you that these are absolutely amazing!!! I did a version on garment dye some moths ago, using the same inspiration! How can I show you mine.


  • Consie

    Love these! Just waiting for my pair to dry now. So excited to wear them, thanks for the fantastic idea!

  • :)

    how do you stop the dye from running and fading out when you wash it in the washing machine?

  • olivia

    i absolutely love these! going to try these for the fall! how much does the rit dye cost & does the dye ever fade out? will it ever run in the washing machine?

  • S think

    amazing idea

  • Thanks soooo much they r too cute

  • Bee

    How do you wash them though?x

  • AL

    GREAT!! Want it! Now!

    (From the girl already thinking about which one of her white jeans have the most stains to cover up :-) )

  • Fantásticos los haré yo para ver que tal salen una buena idea

  • Tanya

    I love the jeans.

  • suzan

    I would love to know about your shirt as well. I love it!

  • Yours are better than those in the magazine!

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