Well, hi there! I’m Liz from The Pretty Life Girls and I love tie dye! It’s colorful, crazier you are with it the more awesome it turns out, and it is a fool-proof way to add some fun to your summer wardrobe. For instance, I decided to take some white t-shirts that were taking up space in my closet and give them a little tie-dye makeover, turning them into a handful of fun DIY tie dye headbands perfect for basking in the summer sun. Here’s what I did:
For my DIY tie dye headbands, I picked up a basic tie-dye kit which you can find at any craft store.If you’re wondering how to tie dye a headband, this kit works perfectly. However, if you choose to buy your tie-dye separately, make sure you have rubber bands, gloves, and plastic wrap (these supplies are generally included in a kit). Like mentioned before, I used a plain white t-shirt and turned it into fabric for the headbands.
You could also use any light colored t-shirt you have around the house. Lastly, you will need a sewing machine and a good pair of scissors to put the headbands together.
One of the funnest parts about using tie-dye is the different patterns you can make depending on how you fold and bundle your fabric (see an example here.) I love the surprise of seeing how they turn out after the colors have set! Once you have chosen your pattern, fold and bundle accordingly, apply tie-dye according to package directions, and wrap in plastic wrap to keep moist. For the most vibrant colors allow to set for 6-8 hours. If you want to produce more pastel colors only let set for 30 minutes or so. Once the dye is set to your desired intensity, unwrap, remove rubber bands, rinse off the remaining dye, and toss t-shirt(s) alone in a hot washer with minimal soap. Dry normally and you’re done!
If you can braid, you can make this DIY tie dye headband! Cut your fabric into nine 1/2-inch strips, long enough to wrap around your head. Create three braids. Connect the ends of each braid individually by own running them through your sewing machine. Once each braid is connect separately, line up each braid and run through the sewing machine again, attaching them to each other. You’re done!
Once I got the hang of this technique I like it so much that I made it twice! I can’t say that I came up with the tutorial for this one though, instead, I followed the steps shown here and adjusted them to fit my head.
To make this twisted tie dye headband I followed the steps shown here. This was definitely the easiest to make, and I love the way this style lends itself to really letting the tie-dye patterns stand out!
Now you’re set to get have your head lookin’ colorful and cute all summer long! For more DIY projects, recipes, and affordable fashion, head on over to The Pretty Life Girls! We’d love to have you! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!
Want a variation on these ideas? Check out this turban headband tutorial from my friend Leigh Anne.