- Cheap Monday Jeans (c/o) (I used this pair)
- 5 gallon bucket with lid
- indigo tie dye kit
- gallon bottle
- paint stirrer
1. I followed the steps given in the kit. Fill the 5 gallon bucket with 4 gallons of warm tap water. Set up in a well ventilated room or outside.
2. Empty the indigo dye in the water. Stir until dissolved.
3. While stirring, slowly empty the soda ash and thiox packets into the water.
4. Gently stir in one direction, then cover with a lid. Let settle for about 1 hour.
5. While waiting, prep your denim for tie dye. The kit include rubber bands and wood blocks to play with. I simply twisted one pant leg , and tied each section with a rubber band. I then, mimic then same idea on the other pant leg. I recommend do this very tightly to achieve a nice tie dye look. Wet your fabric thoroughly and squeeze out the excess.
6. Scoop out or push aside the foamy layer at the top, and slowly submerge your denim for one to several minutes. Be sure to wear gloves and not touch any of the dye with your bare skin, it will dye your skin fairly quickly. Remove from the bucket, and let it oxidize for 20 minutes (it will turn blue as it hits the oxygen). Squeeze out excess water, then let it dry for a couple hours. After, I washed it by hand with detergent (in fear that it would dye my washing machine) and hung it to dry. I then, ironed it to set the dye in. To clean the bucket, empty the dye bath down the drain.