While resist dyeing techniques have been around for centuries, the modern phrase “tie-dye” was invented in the 1960s and had its last heyday in the ‘90s. Well in case you missed it, the ‘90s are officially back! With that comes a new wave of tie-dye love. Trending color palettes and creative treatments take this trend into the “now”, and we’re loving it on a variety of applications from pillows to wallpaper.
A Wardrobe to Dye For
Growing up, did one of your wardrobe staples consist of a brightly tie-dyed tee? It might be hard to consider tie-dye as part of your closet now but when you adjust the colors from technicolor to toned down, a handmade wardrobe featuring tie-dye prints becomes much more of a possibility.
The Nikko Top and Dress is a me-made crowd favorite so when we saw this tie-dye top, it was just the inspo we needed for our very own handmade version. As seen in the photo, try styling your tie-dye tank with light colored bottoms to create a balanced look. If you’re not ready to fully commit to a total tie-dye takeover, simonedesantis’ Large Scale Pink Shibori Squares in Cotton Spandex Jersey or Modern Jersey is just the intro you need.
While you can’t beat the real thing, digitally printed tie-dye designs help extend the life of your garments. For example, take Meg of Sew Liberated. Featured above in an Organic Cotton Knit Stasia Dress, Meg chose Rustic Indigo Dye to replicate a vintage indigo mudcloth dress that has since become threadbare after years of wearing. Get to know more about Meg in her Me Made May interview.
Tie-Dye in the Home
Tie-dye in your home doesn’t have to mean an oversized tapestry you’d picture hanging in your college dorm room (although we wouldn’t be opposed to it!). The sophisticated approach to a far out design aesthetic is all about your color and styling choices.
Start off small with a throw pillow. It’s an easy way to test out tie-dye in your living room—aka low commitment, big impact. You can keep your space looking timeless while also adding that pop of pattern your room is missing. We think a two-toned design like theplayfulcrow’s Shibori 26 Subdued Amethyst works great for keeping your colorful addition low-key. For a coordinating collection of throw pillows, take a closer look at Pam’s Shibori Subdued Amethyst collection featuring shibori-inspired designs.
Moving on from the living room to the dining room, let’s talk about table runners. Batik, the Idonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing is a more traditional way to bring tie-dye into your home. Using designs like ripdntorn’s Batik Purple Aqua Gold Pink across a table runner, you can dress up your table whether it’s for weeknight meals or a weekend dinner party.
Pro tip: Want to send your dinner guests home with a groovy gift? A set of tie-dye cocktail napkins is an eco-friendly way to show your appreciation.
To bring in those boho-vibes and #plantgoals, we can’t think of a better way to highlight tie-dye designs than with a DIY planter bag. Sew up a set of three Cypress Cotton Canvas bags in varying sizes (see how to make a mini version here) featuring designs within the same tie-dye color palette to create a focal point in your home.
Whether you’re dyeing the fabric at home or choosing a digitally printed replication, one thing is for sure—there’s now more ways than ever to incorporate tie-dye into your every day.