DIY: Tie-Dye Swaddle Blanket

DIY tie dye baby blanketI have another swaddle blanket DIY to share with you today. In case you missed the other two, we made a star stamped swaddle and an ombre dyed one a couple weeks ago. This time we channeled our 80s childhood and did a simple one color tie-dye. This is actually my first tie-dye project and it’s been fun to experiment with different methods and techniques. In the past I haven’t been a huge fan of tie-dye (seemed to be too much of a color explosion), however a one color tie-dye with a lot of white space I can totally get on board with and that type of dyeing seems to be popular right now.

diy tie dye baby blanketKeep reading to see how to make this cute tie-dye baby swaddle blanket…

Photography and styling by Liz Stanley, assisted by Maddie Bachelder


diy tie dye baby blanketMaterials:

Dye- I used Rit Dye
Gauze fabric
A bin to work in
Rubber gloves
Rubber bands
A squeeze jar- like these


Step 1: Fold the fabric in half and then start folding it accordion style all the way until it’s bunched up together. diy tie dye baby blanket

Step 2: Add rubber bands every 1 1/2 inches or so. Make them really tight!

diy tie dye baby blanket Step 3: Mix dye according to package directions and place some into a squeeze bottle. Start adding the dye just around the rubber bands leaving the in-between parts white. The color will bleed out but the concentration should be around the rubber bands.

diy tie dye baby blanket

Step 4: When you’ve finished, let the blanket sit for at least 6 hours or until mostly dried. Then throw it into the dryer for a couple cycles (I think we need to do 2 or 3). Take the rubber bands off and then throw in the dryer one more time.




This is so pretty I’d totally buy it. How does it hold up after washing?

I love this series you’ve done, this one is really lovely

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