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On Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with store-bought flowers and chocolates. However, I think we can all agree that a handmade gift is much more meaningful. This year, surprise your loved one with this adorable matching tie dye sweatshirt, so you can show the entire world just how loving (and creative) you are!
Each sweater has half of a heart, so when you and your partner hug or walk side by side, the two of you will form a complete heart! Best of all, you don’t need all that many supplies! Just grab some supplies online from Joann Fabrics and you’re ready to go!
Matching Tie Dye Sweatshirt DIY
- Tie dye kit (color, droppers, plastic cups)
- 2 white sweaters
- Rubber or plastic gloves
- 55 gallon plastic bag
- Plastic cover for surface protection
- Rubber bands
- Tailors chalk
- Kitchen rack
Making Additional Tie Dye DIY Colors
- To make a tie dye sweatshirt, you will first need to mix the colors of the dye from your kit. In this tutorial, we will be making a purple dye and a dark blue dye.
- To make the purple shade, mix the green, red, and yellow dye into a plastic cup.
- Using a dropper, put half of the purple mixture into another plastic cup. Add the blue dye. This will create our second color – a dark blue.
Prepping the Sweaters
- Since this is a matching tie dye sweatshirt set, it’s important that the hearts match on both sweaters. Our first step is to trace where we want to place the hearts on the sweater.
- Place the sweaters side by side where you want the heart to be.
- Using a tailors chalk, draw a heart. Half of the heart should be on the body of one sweater, while the second half should be drawn on the other sweater.
- Starting at the bottom of the heart’s “point,” start folding the along the heart on one of the sweaters.
- With the fabric gathered in one hand, place a rubber band over the folds. Depending on the size of the rubber band, you may need to wrap it around the sweater two or three times.
- Repeat steps 4 & 5 on the other sweater.
- Using another rubber band, make a bullseye tie a few inches from the first rubber band.
- Make a bullseye tie on the other sweater.
- Next, you want to tie a rubber band around the main part of the sweater. Bunch the sweater with the collar on the top and the bottom of the sweater on the bottom, and tie with a rubber band.
- At this point, both arms of the sweater should be sticking out. Place the sleeves together, and tie a rubber band around the base (towards the body of the sweater).
- Repeat steps 9 & 10 on the other sweater.
Dying the Matching Tie Dye Sweatshirt
- Lay out the plastic cover to protect your countertop or surface. Then, place a kitchen rack on the bag. This will allow the dye to drip through and not soak back into the bottom of your sweater.
- Untie the sleeves of the sweater.
- Using the green dye bottle, color the corner of the sweater up unto the first rubber band where the heart is. Flip over and color the other side of the corner.
- Using a dropper for the dark blue, color a small section around the first and second rubber band. Next, flip over and color the other side of the sweater. You don’t have to be precise about the coloring, so it’s okay if your color bleeds a little.
- Using a dropper for the purple, color around the third rubber band (the section that holds the collar and bottom of the sweater together). Flip over and color the other side of the sweater.
- Take the dark blue dropper again and color the seam of the sweater (not the seam where the heart is).
- Re-tie the sleeves of the sweater together.
- Using the purple dye, color the entire sleeve. You can use a dropper, but it will be faster if you drizzle the dye directly from the cup (make sure you’re wearing gloves!)
- Place the entire sweater into the plastic bag and set it aside.
- Repeat the dying process with the second sweater. Make sure to dye the heart the same color as the other sweater (green). For this matching tie dye sweater tutorial, we used a magenta and red dye for the second sweater, although you should feel free to use any other colors of your choice.
- Let each tie dye sweatshirt soak in the plastic bag for 8 to 12 hours. This will ensure that you create a matching tie dye sweatshirt that’s long lasting and rich in color.
- Hooray! You now have two adorable matching tie dye sweatshirts for Valentine’s Day. Now you can show everyone how much your significant other means to you. Just make sure to wash the sweaters before wearing them!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to show just how much your loved one means to you. And this tie dye DIY is not just fun, but incredibly easy. And if you’re looking for other things to tie dye, check out our tutorial of these different tie dye styles and patterns.