Summer’s Hottest Trend – Tie Dye

Okay…who’s DYING over this super fun, retro tie-dye print that is making a major comeback? If you haven’t been able to tell, we are a little obsessed around here. Not only is tie dye a free-spirited and cool look, it can also be a fun activity to do in the summertime. So, whether you are showing off one of our beautiful tie-dye styles or thinking of creating your own, we’ve got you covered!

DIY Tie Dye:

What you’ll need:

  1. Tie dye kit
  2. T-shirts, socks, tote bag, or whatever you’re wanting to tie dye
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Zip ties
  5. Ziploc bags
  6. Extra color dye if you want more options.

We all know when kids are out of school and summer rolls around, the daunted question begins…”I’m bored mom/dad…what are we going to do today?” Well, we have the perfect summer DIY project that will get all of their creative juices flowing and keep you all looking trendy for summer.  And with this ever-so-popular print having a moment in the sun, you may be eager to create your own, as well.  Trust us, you’re never too old to tie dye.

With so many different techniques out there, it all depends on how you want yours to look. Here are some fun options for you:

The Spiral Technique:

Spiral Tie-Dye Technique twist fabric

Step 1:

Pinch fabric at the center of where your spiral will start. Twist until all fabric is in a spiral shape.

Spiral Tie-Dye Technique bind fabric

Step 2:

Bind spiral with 3 to 4 rubber bands, overlapping rubber bands to create 6 to 8 wedge shapes.

Spiral Tie-Dye Technique dye wedges

Step 3:

Apply desired colors to wedge shapes. Flip spiraled fabric over and repeat on backside.

Rainbow Tote Bag:

Step 1:

Fold in half and draw half a rainbow on the bag with the marker, the highest part on the folded line.

Step 2:

Gather the bag along the line and tie a zip tie tightly over the marker line.  Then add zip ties down the bag until you have tied on 8 zip ties.


Step 3:

Place the bag on the baking rack.  Fill the top space with red dye, move onto orange and yellow…Continue with the rest of the rainbow.

Step 4:

Add blue dye to the top and the bottom of the bag.  Then turn over and fill the other side with the same colors.  Place in a plastic grocery bag and let it sit in the sun for 8 hours.  Next, wash it out in the sink, clip the zip ties off and continue washing until the water runs clear.  Once complete, immediately wash in the washing machine.

Dry it and enjoy!

Now, for those of you who are loving this tie dye trend but not looking to get crafty, we have lots of fun styles for you! Here are our top 3 favorite ways to style tie dye this summer season:


1.  T-Shirt Dress

We are just loving this tie dye shirt dress. With super soft knit fabric how could you not love this look? This dress has a more simplified tie dye print so that you are showing off your trendy retro tie dye with a laid-back approach.


2. Cold Shoulder Top

Head into the summertime with this adorable tie dye top. The vibrant blue and white print pairs with the sweet v-neck, playful cold-shoulder style and darling pom trim to create a fabulous warm-weather look.


3. Drawstring Shorts

From lounging on the couch to running errands around town, these comfortable drawstring shorts are a weekend must-have. The soft, french terry fabric, relaxed fit and trendy tie dye print give these shorts a cute and casual vibe for on-the-go.



Whether you are tie dying DIY style or buying this fun style to incorporate this retro print into your summertime look, you are set! Let us know if you’re loving this tie dye print as much as we are. Also, be sure to tag us in your tie dye Cato style and use the hashttag: #CaptureItCato.  Or, show us your awesome DIY tie dye in the comments! We are so excited to take on summer in style with this fun trend! Check out our Instagram page: @catofashions and our Facebook page: @CatoFashions for more trendy summer styles!



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