July 18, 2024


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How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat

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:

How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat
How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat

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
  • Water
  • Plastic bags

Preparing Your Hats:

  1. 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.
  1. 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:

How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat
How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat
  • 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:

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Accordion Tie-Dye Pattern: 

How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat
How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat

5. Lay your hat flat, matching the bottom of the brim with the seam above the brim.

  1. Fold the hat accordion-style from one side to the other, keeping the brim seam aligned.
  2. Secure the folded hat with rubber bands at the top, center, and along the seam above the brim.
  3. 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.

  1. Scrunch the hat’s core to create squiggly wrinkles.
  2. Add rubber bands to create sections for dyeing.
  3. 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.

  1. Repeat to create the desired number of bullseyes (typically three).
  2. Apply dye to each point first to avoid dripping onto the rest of the hat.
  3. Once the points are dyed, move on to the remaining sections of the hat.

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Washing and Drying: 

How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat
How To Tie Dye A Bucket Hat

17. Place each hat in a separate plastic bag and let them soak for 6 to 24 hours (usually overnight).

  1. Remove the rubber bands and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water before washing with detergent.
  2. 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.