Let’s Tie-Dye Long Johns! Easy Accordion Fold

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This is nothing new, I know, but tie-dyed Long Johns aka Thermal Underwear have always been my faves! Just cause you have to bundle up in many layers, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it! And these make awesome gifts, especially for people who work outside in winter.

You can get super fancy with this technique, but here are the basics:

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Cotton Thermal Long Johns
Tie Dye Kit which includes, dyes, bottle, rubber bands, gloves
– Plastic to cover table
– Gallon zip bags

Preparing the Fabric

Each type of dye calls for its own special preparation of the fabric. This particular kit only required pre-washing and soaking the fabric in warm water to thoroughly saturate the fibers. Squeeze out the excess water. You don’t want your long johns to be dripping wet.

Folding, Dyeing & Setting

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Fold your long johns in half lengthwise, and lay them on your plastic covered table. Beginning at the ankle cuff, carefully fold your fabric first over, then under – back and forth – accordion style, as neatly as possible. This takes a little practice so feel free to start over if you need to.

Once the entire pair of pants is folded, hold it with one hand and tie 4 or 5 rubber bands tightly around the bundle.

Following the dye kit directions, add water to the bottles and shake well to dissolve the dye.

Take a moment to decide which colors to apply to what sections, keeping in mind which colors are compatible and blend well.

Apply the dyes, one color at a time in the sections between the rubber bands. Use the tip of the bottle to get it in the folds. Flip the piece over and repeat the dye process on the other side.

Setting & Finishing
Once the entire piece is dyed, pop it in a zip lock bag, close it up and let it set overnight. To finish your pants, rinse the tied up bundle with cool water to remove most of the excess dye, then cut the rubber bands and continue rinsing until the water runs clear. Wash it in the machine (separately) and hang to dry.

That’s it! You’ll want to continue washing them separately. What do you think?

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Did you see some of my other Tie Dye Projects?

How to Tie-Dye a Heart
Reverse Tie Dyeing with Bleach