How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat Bucket hats are a must-have fashion accessory for summer, and their timeless style blends functionality with cuteness. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to craft your very own tie-dye bucket hats, including three fabulous patterns: scrunch, accordion, and mini bullseyes.
To ensure your fabric effectively absorbs the dye, make sure your bucket hats are crafted from 100% cotton or another all-natural fiber. If you’re working with synthetic fabrics like polyester, use a dye formulated for synthetics, such as Rit’s synthetic dye.
Let’s dive into the process:
Materials You’ll Need:
- 100% cotton dyeable bucket hats
- Tie-Dye kit
- 4oz dye bottles
- Rubber bands
- 1.25ml tie-dye powder scoop or 1/4 tbsp (for custom dye colors)
- Rubber gloves
- Tie-dye rack (optional)
- Paper towels
- Plastic bags
Preparing Your Hats:
- Start by wetting your 100% cotton bucket hats. Ensure they are thoroughly soaked but not dripping wet.
Creating Custom Dye Colors: 2. If you’re aiming for vibrant, full-intensity colors:
- Pour an entire or nearly entire packet of dye powder into a 4 oz squeeze bottle.
- Fill halfway with water and shake vigorously until the dye is fully mixed.
- For pastel and custom colors:
- Utilize a 1.25ml scoop or 1/4 tbsp to measure your desired dye powder amounts, following the Tie Dye Color Chart.
- Scoop the measured dye powders into 4 oz squeeze bottles.
- Fill with water and shake vigorously until all dye powder is incorporated.
Some Color Recipes from the Tie Dye Color Chart:
- Light Red: 1 scoop of Red
- Mandarin: 1 scoop of Orange + 1 scoop of Yellow
- Light Yellow: 1 scoop of Yellow
- Light Pink: 1 scoop of Fuchsia
- Lime Green: 4 scoops of Yellow + 1/4 scoop of Green
- Light Teal: 1/2 scoop of Green + 1 1/2 scoop of Turquoise
- Light Purple: 1 scoop of Purple
Tie-Dye Process: 4. With gloves on, it’s time to tie-dye! After dampening your bucket hats and mixing your dye, proceed as follows:
Accordion Tie-Dye Pattern:
5. Lay your hat flat, matching the bottom of the brim with the seam above the brim.
- Fold the hat accordion-style from one side to the other, keeping the brim seam aligned.
- Secure the folded hat with rubber bands at the top, center, and along the seam above the brim.
- Apply different dye colors to each banded section, ensuring the back is dyed similarly to the front.
Scrunch Tie-Dye Pattern: 9. Flatten the hat round-ways, smooshing the top down to lay it flat and round.
- Scrunch the hat’s core to create squiggly wrinkles.
- Add rubber bands to create sections for dyeing.
- Apply multiple colors to different spots, flip the hat, and repeat on the backside. Leave some white spaces for negative space if using a single color.
Mini Bullseyes Tie-Dye Pattern: 13. Pull a long tip from the top of your bucket hat and wrap two rubber bands around it, spacing them apart for dye application.
- Repeat to create the desired number of bullseyes (typically three).
- Apply dye to each point first to avoid dripping onto the rest of the hat.
- Once the points are dyed, move on to the remaining sections of the hat.
Washing and Drying:
17. Place each hat in a separate plastic bag and let them soak for 6 to 24 hours (usually overnight).
- Remove the rubber bands and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water before washing with detergent.
- Air dry your hats to prevent shrinkage.
Now you’re ready to flaunt your unique tie-dye bucket hats with style! Enjoy your fashionable creations.