-Rubber or latex gloves
-Fabric dye (powder OR liquid — we used Rit in Denim Blue)
-Bucket big enough to soak your jeans
-Tarp or cloth you don't care about staining
-Jeans in a light wash (we used Levi's 501 CTs in Rolling Fog)
Rit Liquid Dye, $3.47, available at Office Supply.
Step 1: Start with wet denim (dunk it in cold water, wear it in the shower, whatever works!).
Levi's 501 CT Jeans for Women, $98, available at Levi's.
Step 2: Prep for your DIY by laying a tarp or cloth flat over the area where you'll be dyeing. Wearing gloves, mix concentrated dye with water, according to the instructions on the container. Submerge two-thirds of the jeans in the dye bath. Let them soak for 20 to 30 seconds, then remove them.
Step 3: As soon as you remove the jeans from the dye bath, lay them flat so the dye doesn't run. Wait about a minute.
Step 4: With the jeans still mostly wet, dip the top third of the jeans back into the bucket, submerging for 3 to 4 minutes or until the desired color is achieved. (Remember, they'll look much lighter when dry!)
Step 5: Once you've achieved a color gradation you like, let the jeans sit for about a minute. Then, rinse them in a bucket of clean, lukewarm water, making the water colder relatively quickly. Do this until the water runs clear.
Step 6: When the jeans are clean, remove them from the cold water and wring them out to remove any excess water.
Step 7: Check for any additional instructions on your dye to make sure it sets properly. Lay your jeans flat one more time, and wait for them to dry. This will take a few hours, so don't cancel your evening plans. By the next morning, your perfect dip-dye will be ready!