I’ve gotta say, dying jeans is the easiest DIY ever. I really never would have thought I’d be capable. But now, I want to dye everything I see. It’s a problem, really.
So, I dyed another pair – lavender this time! Or lilac, if you prefer. I really don’t know the difference. All I know is that I have another pair of colored denim, and that makes me way too happy!
Here are the steps that I followed for these:
1. Start with a cheaper but well-fitted pair of white skinny jeans.
2. Buy purple Tulip fabric dye from Hobby Lobby (it’s 2.99)
3. Follow the steps exactly as directed on the back of the package…. I did it in my washing machine. Just fill it with hot water, and stop the cycle once full, stirring the pants with a spoon (you will need 1/4 cup of salt).
4. Dye the pants until they look a good bit too dark (I left mine in for around 20 minutes, since I was going for a light purple shade – the package calls for 45). It’s hard to tell in this picture, but they’ll look a lot darker when they’re wet, so let them soak up the dye. When they dry, they’ll be much lighter.
5. Once you’re done dying, drain the water, then, I ran the rinse and spin cycles. Then, just dry them like normal.
6. And that’s it! You have a new pair of pants! It’s really hard to screw it up. The Tulip fabric dye is really forgiving in my experience. I just ran a load of towels or sheets or something through the wash each time immediately following the dying, but no dye ever got on any of my other things. It’s pretty great!
7. And, then you wear them and ask your husband to take some pictures of you awkwardly posing in the yard!
Also, matching nails!