June 6, 2013

Ever since working at a denim wash house while in fashion school, then getting my first design job at a premium denim company, I have have been a true fan of denim. It really is a great canvas that can be transformed in an endless a amount of ways and it really has pushed me creatively to discover all of its nuances. When the lovely team at Cheap Monday contacted me about a DIY collab, I was floored. Being a big fan of their brand, (they offer amazing fashionable jeans at a good price), and having a couple pairs alread in my closet, I knew we could do something really fun! Tie-dye always comes back into fashion every summer, and wanted to do a monochromatic update to last years DIY (here). Indigo creates such a rich and beautiful color, and when I stumbled upon a natural indigo tie-dye kit, I had to try it out. Hope you enjoy! Full tutorial after the break…


Cheap Monday Jeans (c/o) (I used this pair)

– 5 gallon bucket with lid

indigo tie dye kitΒ 

– 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.

  • Chris El
    Posted at 16:07h, 06 June Reply

    Love this! Perfect for summer. πŸ™‚

  • Jamie
    Posted at 17:53h, 06 June Reply

    Amazing job!

  • Monique McCray-Alexander
    Posted at 05:00h, 07 June Reply

    Perfect! Great look. πŸ™‚


  • christy
    Posted at 05:45h, 07 June Reply

    OH wow! this is amazing! It's like making your own wearable art πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing, it looks great on you! Also, it's so cool that you design for a premium jean company… to see your creativity and works come to life as others wear it! I'm proud of you!



    PS- thanks for reading my guest post on Sandy's blog! I appreciate your comments

  • Madeline Veloria
    Posted at 11:49h, 07 June Reply

    Wow these came out beautifully! I admit…I haven't tried tie-dye since my elementary school days when we'd make tie-dye shirts in wild colors at school :P. But your jeans came out great…I may just have to try this DIY project πŸ™‚

    Veloria in velvet

  • Camille DiPaola
    Posted at 13:35h, 07 June Reply

    Really well done! Sometimes these kinds of DIYs come out looking over-done…but yours are the perfect amount of tie dye. Cheers.

  • MsChanda
    Posted at 14:04h, 07 June Reply

    absolutely amazing!! I am going to try this!!! Thanks so much for sharing!.

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:25h, 07 June Reply

    Oh yay! Thank you love!

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:25h, 07 June Reply

    Aw thank you!

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:25h, 07 June Reply

    Thank you dear!

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:25h, 07 June Reply

    Aww! This really made my day. Thank you!

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:27h, 07 June Reply

    I'm so glad to hear. Thank you! It is such a nostalgic thing, isn't it?

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:31h, 07 June Reply

    Aw, thank you! Tie dye is so fickle sometimes, but this kit worked out well. πŸ™‚

  • Aimee S.
    Posted at 17:31h, 07 June Reply

    Happy to hear! I'd love to see if you try!

  • charsd
    Posted at 19:26h, 07 June Reply

    Seriously, if you decided to sell these I'd definitely purchase. I'm always hesitant with DIYs like these, haha. You did such an awesome job, Aimee!


  • Michelle Huynh
    Posted at 06:28h, 08 June Reply

    Oh man, oh man. It's almost like a reverse denim wash by adding color onto a blank canvas. I love this DIY!

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