Tie-Dye Beach Cover-Ups

Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits! Whether the sun is shining a little too strong at your beach party, or the breeze is threatening to blow out your pool party, this DIY Tie-Dye Beach Cover-Up has you ready for the season. It’s a great, easy way to add your own personal flair to your get-together getup!

  • You’ll Need:
  • 2 - 3 white, cotton t-shirts (we used 3XL so the cover ups were loose and flowy).
  • A tie dye kit (we found ours at the local craft store).
  • Plastic cling wrap.
  • Rubber bands.
  • Scissors.
  • A needle and thread.
  • Step 1

    Pinch the shirts wherever you want the swirl to be centered

  • Step 2

    Swirl each shirt around the pinch until it is tightly wound.

  • Step 3

    Divide each shirt into six sections with rubber bands.

  • Step 4

    Add dye to each section.

  • Step 5

    Wrap each shirt in plastic wrap for 10-12 hours.

  • Step 6

    Rinse shirts and wash shirts in the washing machine using largest load and hot settings. Lay each shirt out flat and cut the sleeves off (use the first sleeve as a guide to cut the other sleeve off to keep them even.

  • Step 7

    Cut the collar off (about 2 inches)

  • Step 8

    Put the shirts front side down and cut the back side of each sleeve bigger, which makes a racer back shape.

  • Step 9

    Cut the back of the shirt off at the collar in a straight line, leaving the back attached just at the bottom of the shirt.

  • Step 10

    Cut the loose back into three strips, approximately 8-10 inches long, keeping the rest of the back intact at the bottom of the shirt.

  • Step 11

    Braid the three strips to the top and sew the end of the braid to keep it attached.

  • Step 12

    Measure the center of the collar and stitch the end of the racer back braid to the center.

  • Step 13

    To cover up your stitching, cut a piece of fabric from one of the cut-off sleeves, approximately 1 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long.

  • Step 14

    Stitch one end of the fabric strip to the underside of your braid/collar connection.

  • Step 15

    Wrap the fabric strip around the connection, and secure with stitches on the underside of your braid/collar connection to cover all stitching.

  • Step 16

    Hit the beach or pool and show off your creative style!


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