It’s the perfect time of year to start sporting flowy dresses in fabulous colors! Get your whole girl crew – even the littlest members – in on the fashionable fun with matching tie-dye dresses. Pretty Life Girls will show you how to use the ice dye tie-dye technique with Tulip Tie Dye to make the coolest mommy and me dresses around! You can even get your littles in on the adventure for a Mother’s Day gift, creative activity or just because it’s fun to tie dye!
- Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit of choice
- White 100% cotton dresses
- Wire rack/grate
- Plastic bucket or bin
Before getting started on tie dyeing your mommy and me dresses, make sure your dresses are 100% cotton for best and brightest results. You don’t HAVE to presoak the dresses in soda ash when working with Tulip One-Step Dyes, but Pretty Life Girls opted to – and you totally can too! If you aren’t soaking in soda ash, make sure to wash the dresses without fabric softener before tie dyeing, especially if they are brand new.
If you’re using soda ash, prep the soda ash according to instructions and soak the dresses for 20 minutes.
After soaking the dresses, ring them out thoroughly (and leave damp), then crumple each dress and place on a wire rack over a bucket or bin (to catch the dye runoff when the ice melts). You can also try a different tie-dye technique; it doesn’t have to be a crumple pattern. Get creative and have fun exploring tie dye!
Next cover the dresses entirely with ice, then sprinkle dry dye powders from the dye bottles over the top of the ice. There’s no strategy to it, and no wrong way to do it! Just sprinkle the dye colors however you want to.
To speed up the dye set process after the ice melts, Pretty Life Girls decided to use Tulip Two-Minute Tie-Dye Containers to microwave their tie-dye dresses. Important: Make sure the dresses are completely damp with no dry spots before microwaving, and carefully follow the instructions that the containers come with.
After your mommy and me tie-dye dresses are done processing, rinse and wash according to instructions. Then you and your little will be ready to rock your matching tie dye for any and every occasion!