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How to Tie Dye Socks

If you love the look of tie dye you might be surprised to know just how easy it is for you to do it yourself at home. One of the best projects that you can start with tie-dye is tie dyeing some of your own socks. Here’s a fun way that you can add some customization to your favourite pair of socks!

What Types of Socks Can You Tie-Dye

It’s important to get socks that have at least a 75% cotton blend as these will allow the dye to set in the best. If you’re using a blend like polyester it can often lead to the product looking kind of faded.

The Supplies That You Will Need

You will need a pair of white cotton socks, rainbow tie-dye squirt bottles, rubber bands, gloves, a water container, a plastic sheet, a tote and an additional bowl to hold the socks as you work on others.

Start by getting your socks wet and soaking them in a bowl of water. Bring them out over the ball and throw the wet socks into a plastic tote so that you can continue dunking socks to move onto the next step.

Rubber band the socks. You can fold up the socks in different ways as well as twirl them to create unique tie-dye patterns. Covering the socks in tie-dye and rolling them together is the easiest way to get complementary patterns.

Prepare Your Dye

Start by getting a dye ready; these items will need to be diluted. It depends on the brand of tie-dyed but you will have to use around 2 tsp to a cup of water. Make sure that the dye is accepted into your socks by adding 1 tbsp of salt into the mix.

You can include any type of dye that you want including blue, green, yellow red and more. Once you have diluted all of the dyes accordingly, you can fill up a series of individual squirt bottles and shake up your dyes to start the process.

Dye your socks by laying down a cover and doing one color at a time throughout your sock design. Tip the bottle into the crevices to make sure that you get everything covered in dye. Make sure that they’re well coated or you will end up with various blotches across your socks.

Let the dye soak for up to 12 hours and then wash out the tie-dyed socks by removing the rubber bands and rinsing them out with a garden hose or in the sink. Drying out your socks with the hottest cycle your drying machine has can be the final step. From there, you can wear and enjoy your tie dye socks!

This post was written by Matt Conklin, owner and sock aficionado at Lucid Socks. Lucid Socks is a sock subscription box. Lucid Socks’ sock of the month club features a random hand picked pair of socks from one of our many categories of unique and humorous socks.

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