DIY ombre t-shirt fail

Hi everyone! To new readers we are Marta and Carl, brother and sister, and we both like doing crafts, but for us the projects tend not to come out as they look on Pinterest or other sites. So here, on this blog we try out different D.I.Y projects from homemade sweets to Ombre T-shirts, which is todays post, to see if we would nail or fail them. So hopefully you’ll have fun reading the blog! 🙂

As you might already saw from the first picture, this D.I.Y project is a fail. But for our defence this was our first time dip dyeing. But now lets see the process from the beginning.


Firstly, you will need plain white t-shirt made from 100% cotton. Our  t-shirt costed about 4 US dollars or 3 euros and was from basic clothing shop. You’ll find it from anywhere even from internet. You’ll also need a fabric dye.

As we like to support local companys, we chose a dye from Vello Laumetsa värvikoda (Vello Laumets’s Colour Chamber). We picked fabric dye called ‘Leaf green’ but any colour of your choice should fit also. Unfortunately they don’t sell their dyes online at this moment, but you can choose any fabric dye from here:


For the next step you’ll need a bamboo barbecue stick to roll upper part of shirt and its sleeves on it…


…like that! Make sure to use pegs to fix the shirt as you can see on picture above.

Prepare your fabric dye according to the instructions on package. Ours was supposed to be dissolved in 700 ml of hot water but do as your instructions say.


Now the fun and mess will start, because it’s time to start dyeing! But before you start with it, please change your clothes to something that you wont want to wear out anymore, because dye can (and probably will) drop on your clothes. I started the process with wearing one of my best shorts and I almost ruined them. Luckily the dye came off of them but trust me, you DON’T WANT TO risk with it! 😉

So after that step let the shirt dry outside for at least 6 hours. Then you have to wash off the excessive dye. That’s the part when things started going down hill for us very quickly. We hoped to have ombre shirt that would have white part on upper section of shirt, just like on the example from J.Crew, but nope, it ALL blended together. The upper part still came out lighter than the down part which we actually liked a lot.

DIY ombre t-shirt

So there you have it- D.I.Y Ombre t-shirt, kind of fail, but on the other hand also a nail. It didn’t come out as we hoped but it’s still awesome as it is. Nevertheless it’s worth a try!

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