I love sweatpants, I do. And since being home during quarantine, I’ve seen multiple TikToks of people DIYing the reverse tie dye trend with sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more. Considering I have an abundance of free time, I decided to take a shot at it and really like how they turned out. Not to mention I’ve seen brands sell reverse tie dye sweatpants for $50, but this cost me under $20 so boom.
I got my sweatpants from Amazon and the bathroom bleach + cleaner from Target, but any brand works. First, I got the pants wet in the shower and squeezed the water out. After this, with the help of my loving mother, folded the pants (accordion fold) all the way up, as shown in the gif. My mom and I (moreso my mom) are perfectionists so this step took us longer than it should’ve. I don’t think it’s necessary for the folds to be identical on each pant leg, but we tried to make it as even as possible.
Next, I rubber banded the pants and sprayed them with the bathroom cleaner + bleach. I sprayed each “section” created by the rubber bands a few times to make sure it was covered with the bleach, then got the back side and gave the sides a few sprays.
After applying the bleach to the pants I let them sit in the shower for 25 min. Once my timer went off I removed the rubber bands and threw them in the washing machine with detergent for a normal wash. The last step is to put your pants through the dryer and you’re done!
Here are some photos of how mine turned out: