Friday, 25 May 2012

DIY Tie-Dye Jeans

It's Friday, so that calls for another DIY project! These tie dye jeans are so easy to create and you only need items you can find lying around the house. I made them last week after being inspired by these Isabel Marant Jeans and various other interpretations...

Elin Kling wearing Isabel Marant Jeans, Courtney from Here Is Now and Rebecca from Raspberry Rougue

What You Need

Dark Indigo Jeans
Household Bleach (or Baby Sterilising Fluid)
Cold Water
Lots of Rubber Bands
Open Airy Work Space

Start off by wrapping the legs of your jeans up with rubber bands. You need to fold and bunch bits together in a messy style. I used around 20 rubber bands on each leg.

After you have done both legs, tie the top part of your jeans up in the same way using rubber bands. Bunch the jeans together and hold with bands.

Pop the jeans into a bucket of half water, half bleach. Leave them for a few hours, turning every half an hour so the bleach reaches all areas. My jeans took 4 hours to reach the desired colour but this time will vary depending on your jeans and strength of bleach. Leave them soaking until they reach the colour you like.

Rinse them in cold water and squeeze out the majority of bleach (wearing your gloves.) Untie the rubber bands and you'll see the pattern that has formed. Chuck the jeans into the washing machine on their own with a small amount of detergent. Hang them outside to dry.

I paired mine with a simple white tee and navy toms for the day time. But they look equally as amazing with heels and a blazer on a night out. The jeans may take a few washes before the bleach smell disappears or a good airing on the washing line. Since making these I've spotted them everywhere and I'm so glad I have my own unique version. To create an even whiter pattern, just leave them in the bleach solution for longer. But remember that it is an erosive substance and can cause damage to material if left on for too long.



If you'd like to see more DIY tutorials by Gwen McMullin, just click on the DIY tab at the top of the page!


  1. I LOvE all your DIYs!! <3

  2. love this idea loveee your blog!!!!!

  3. Love this DIY! It looks almost like floral acid wash denim jeans! :)

  4. Also did this couple weeks ago!!! :)
    Love it!!

  5. such an amazing DIY! love them:)

  6. you look very beautiful. i love your jeans !!!

  7. Ah, I honestly absolutely love your DIYs; they're the best I've seen on all the blogs I follow. Your jeans turned out great!! I'd love to do something like this to a pair of my old jeans as well!

  8. Wow you did an awesome job on them!

    joanne from

  9. just found our blñog and I am loving your style, this di came out great! happy to be your newest follower!! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

  10. love the jeans omg want to do it too but i doubt i'd ruin my jeans :(
    but love the pattern of your jeans

  11. you have really inspired me to do this to my cloths im happy there are people like you in the world keep it up :D i need more tips ahaha :)

  12. GREAAT! I will make it for suree :D

  13. what were your jeans made of? because i heard bleach destroys spandex and polyester, and the jeans i have are a blend of cotton, spandex, and polyester. also, did you use non-chlorine bleach?

    1. I actually used Baby Sterilising Fluid (which is really just bleach) and it's true bleach can destroy all fabrics if left on for too long. I had mine soaking for hours though and they are perfect! If you're worried maybe do a patch test on the inside ankle of your jeans? x

    2. oh wow, thanks for the fast reply! would this work if i made the bleach really dilute and just soaked the jeans for a longer time?

    3. Yep I'm sure it would. Although it would take ages. If I was to do this again I'd probably use 2 cups of bleach to 1 cup of water just to speed up the process :) x

  14. Great DIY, I'm going to try this for shure! I'm following you!

  15. Really lovely, definitely going to try this!
    Flora x

  16. WOW! i am soo amazed :D
    P.S you should TOTALLY start creating YouTube Videos, you'll definitely become a MASSIVE hit (i know i sure would subscribe you)

  17. i am tie dying my jeans NOW!! just want to QUICKLY kno if it still works with 70% cotton and 30% polyester jeans???
    Also, yeah you should do a video about this technique ASAP, PLEASE
    and awesome DIY

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  19. I somehow stumbled across your blog while looking for reviews of TOMS this evening. I am looking at purchasing my very first pair! I have read all sorts of stories on various websites about TOMS making feet really sweaty so I have been hesitant to buy a pair myself. Has this been your experience with TOMS or are your feet always dry when you wear them?

    Fantastic website, by the way! You have a new fan!



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