DIY Ombre Tie with Julie from richardsonshine.

I’m so delighted to have an old blogging friend here today!  Please welcome Julie from richardsonshine.  Julie and I have known each other for awhile now.  Her blog is a place that I often visit for design inspiration (and pics of her adorable children).  I think you’re going to love her.  She has a great tutorial for us today!


Hello, Southern Institute readers! When Jenny and I first “met” through our blogs, I think we quickly realized we liked or enjoyed many of the same things: fun fashion, sewing projects, etc., but most of all, putting family first. It’s been fun to follow Jenny at The Southern Institute and get to know her darling family.

Now…I’m sure you’ve noticed the world’s ombre craze. Yes, of course you have! From clothing and accessories to shower curtains, furniture, walls, wedding cakes and even hair (!), the fashion, craft, and design world is eating it up. Well I decided my boy needed an ombre tie. Or two.

After searching far and wide for easy little boy tie tutorials, this one by Sharing the Wealth is my favorite. She mentions the sizing is best for 1.5-2 yr olds, but I think it’d be just fine for a 3 or 4 yr old as well. My son just turned five and it’s short for him, but we made it work!

So. Before you read on, go download the tie pattern here.

 There are two ways to create this ombre tie:

1) sew the tie first, then dip in the dye, OR,

2) dip the unsewn tie pieces first, then sew the tie together afterwards.

We’re doing the latter method, but remember I’m dyeing two ties here, not just one. If you’re a bit nervous about dyeing fabric, start with just one color and one tie.

You’ll need:
your dye of choice,
your large tie pieces,
(front and back for two ties shown here,
and not the piece that goes around the neck)
(if your dye calls for it)
rubber gloves,

and buckets or large bowls.

Depending on how concentrated your dye is, you may want to use more than one bucket or bowl. The yellow wasn’t too dark, so I kept it to half a bottle of dye in one bowl of water. The navy blue (which turned out slightly purple) was super dark, so I poured some into smaller bowls, diluting the dye more and more each time. It just takes some experimenting!

All right, wet your fabric before you dip.

Taking the top of your tie pieces, dip them in your dye very quickly, as far up as you’d like the color to go.

Then dip again, submerging less of the tie in the dye.

Then dip again, submerging even less of the tie.

You get the idea…

Eventually, you’ll get to the bottom of your tie pieces! The tips will have already been dyed longer than the rest of the tie, but hold the tips in the dye for a bit longer anyway – maybe just 30 seconds or a minute.

I’m not exact around here, and this dyeing literally took seconds!

Now this is where you might want to have more bowls with diluted dye. The blue color was so dark and the dye was so concentrated, it was basically like tie-dyeing the fabric (no pun intended), and was NOT the look I was going for.

So, divide the one bowl of dye into two or three others and dilute them with more water, and dip your tie pieces in the MOST diluted or least concentrated bowl of dye first. Submerge the fabric as high as you’d like the lightest shade of color to go. Then submerge not quite as high in the next bowl.

Then submerge again…

You get it, right?

Hold the tips in for a bit longer…

…then rinse and hang them up to dry!

You can see my first attempt (far right) where the dye was way too concentrated. Once I divided and diluted the dye it was easier to get the ombre effect (far left). That yellow tie is just hanging out in the middle, cheerful and happy. He was the easy one. :)

Once your fabric pieces are dry, iron them and continue on with the tie tutorial!

(Again, found here. Download the pattern here.)

It was super fun to experiment with ombre dyeing, and as you can see, my son’s delighted!

Happy dyeing,and cheers from Richardsonshine!

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