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DIY: Tie-dye socks

Published 07/12/2013 by

One of the trends we’re loving are socks and sandals. Of course, we’re not talking about British-granddad-on-holiday socks and sandals (though we can occasionally get behind that trend too), we’re talking cute, girly socks paired with heeled or wedge sandals. The look is fun, youthful and practical — you just get sick of seeing your toes all summer.

Frilly white socks are one way to go, but we went with tie-dye socks for a couple of reasons. Mainly, they reminded us of the 90s, but we also wanted a look that was a bit crazier and the wouldn’t get as dirty when you’re hanging out at the park/beach/awesome concerts with your bests buds. We also like the idea the some dudes might want to rock these socks too.

We spent an entire Saturday painstakingly working out the best methods (how much salt vs. how much dye?) and practices (what’s the best way to wrap an elastic around a sock?) to bring you the best possible tie-dye socks. A whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and dye went into the process, but in the end we got some killer results.

 

What you’ll need:

-socks

-an old pot

-water

-salt

-fabric dye

-elastics

-a friend to keep you company

 

Here’s how we did it:

1. Get some white socks. The more cotton in them, the better the dye will set.

 

2. Pick a dye colour. We used powder dye from Tintex, which you can find at most fabric stores or your local pharmacy.

 

3. Fill on old stainless steel pot with water. The pot should be about 2/3 of the way full.

 

4. Add 2-3 tablespoons of salt to the water. Put the water to boil.

 

5. Turn the heat off and add 2-3 tablespoons of your dye to the water. The more dye you add, the darker the colour. Stir in the dye.

 

6. Take an individual sock and an elastic. Wrap the elastic around the sock the way you would wrap it around a ponytail. Keep wrapping those elastics until the sock looks like a poorly made sausage.

 

7. Once all your socks look like poorly made sausages put them in the pot. Make sure that they are completely covered by the dye.

 

8. Wait.

 

9. After about 20-30 minutes remove the socks from the pot (gloves are highly recommended). Rinse the socks under cold water and remove the elastics.

 

10. Let dry & wear them all summer long.

 

-The Call It Spring Team

 

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