DIY | Revamp Old Shirts: Tie-Dye, Crops, Tanks and more! ✿


Hi guys! ✿✿✿

Today’s tutorial is chock-full of ways to revamp your old t-shirts, specifically white tees! I’ll be going through three really really basic ways you can cut up (not in  the messy way) your t-shirts to get instantly cute and tumblr-worthy tanks and crops! Also, I will be showing you guys two super simple methods of tie-dying that you can easily do at home to achieve that Unif, Dollskill-esque grunge effect. You can use these dyeing techniques on pretty much anything – tees, shorts, dresses or even socks!

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^ Top and Dress from Unif ^

I bought the t-shirts from the online wholesale site Taobao for around $1-2 each, and got the Dylon fabric dyes from my local craft store for $7? Yea they were really inexpensive, considering you can dye around up to 20 tees with just one packet! (that adds up to $0.35 per tee! Crazy cheap)

Alternatively, you can just use any old t-shirt that has a predominantly white base, regardless whether there is a print on it or not! Personally I think it would be really cute to dye some white shirts with black graphic prints on ’em. 🙂

Stuff you will probably need:

– White based items – tops, shorts, dress, socks, your choice!

– Fabric dyes. I used the Dylon brand.

– Elastic bands

– Newspaper/plastic bags to prevent staining your floors!

– Spoons and a bowl or cup to hold your dye. Alternatively, you can just use a spray bottle!

– Optional: Gloves, if you don’t wish to stain your hands. I prefer not to use them as I find myself very clumsy when I’m wearing rubber gloves, and the dye comes off fairly easily so it wasn’t much of a problem.

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Basic T-Shirt Cutting

The Crop


The Muscle Tank 

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The Tie Crop

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Now on to the fun part: Tie-Dyeing!

TIE-DYING: Basic Single Swirl

I  personally like to call this the lollipop for pretty obvious reasons.

1. Add water to your fabric dyes and stir well. I used pink, blue and a dark maroon-ish purple 🙂

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2. Next, on your floor-defenders (plastic bags or newspapers, I used both!), lay the item you wish to dye and proceed on to create a pretty little swirl right in the middle of it.

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3. Once your item looks somewhat similar to what I have above, proceed on to securing this lollipop with elastic bands.

Tip: To achieve the most even spiral possible, try to tie it in such a way that each “swirl” can be clearly seen, making sure that none of the swirls cover or overlap another.

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4. ANDDDDDD we have the most exciting part! Applying the dye to the fabric!

Have fun with this part and unleash your creativity! It’s almost impossible to go wrong with tie-dye, so just experiment till you like the end result!

I tried several patterns – results down below!

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Another one! Told you I was having fun 😀

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5. Lastly, let the dye set in for about 2 hours (depends on your brand of dye, check the directions on your box!) then drop it in the washing machine. I prefer to hand wash most of the dye out before dumping everything into the washing machine so as to prevent staining the machine, but it’s up to you. Take the risk?


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TIE-DYING: Basic Double Swirl

Somehow I just can’t find the two lone pictures that I took of the process of this technique!! I’m so sorry guys, but I guess such clipart will have to suffice 😦 I’ll try my best to explain!

Basically, the only difference between the first and second method of tie-dying is how and where you place the “swirls”. For this second technique, we will be pinching not one, but two spots on the shirt as seen below, and twisting them to form two swirls. Then, just as before, secure the bundle with elastic bands! It’s that simple.

Note: I chose to twist the two spots towards each other. Meaning if the first one is turned clockwise, I turn the other anti-clockwise so that the two will be turning in towards each other. It’s a personal preference, so try both and see which you like!

1. Pinch two spots…


2. Start turning the fabric!


3. Continue turning until the whole top has ben included in either of the two swirls, then wra it up with elastic bands!


4. Have fun experimenting with the different colours! I chose to dye the whole top one single colour, and it resulted in this super cool marbled effect which I REALLY REALLY LOVE!!


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That’s all I have for this week’s DIY! I think I will be doing a continuation of this, some more advanced DIY tee shirt transformations – what do you guys think? Leave a comment down below!

Till next time!

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