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May 12, 2013

DIY Dip Dye Sunhat

Every May my family and I head out for 1-2 weeks on an island in Florida where we have a time share.  I have been coming to Sanibel Island since I was 6 weeks old.  I absolutely love this place and always look forward to coming back year after year.  Of course I am very fair skinned and need a serious sun hat for the day sitting by the pool or by the beach, so naturally I found an excuse to do a DIY.

All you need is a Fabric Dye of your choice and a basic hat (white or neutral would work).
This is how my hat started, I believe I bought it at Wal-Mart last year for approximately $6. 


I used a powdered Rit Dye in Teal.  Simply mix the dye following the instructions on the box and put it into some sort of container.  Make sure it is a container you no longer need or one designated for tie dying (I use old ice cream containers because they always seem to be the right depth).  

Fold the hat up so that the top of the hat (the part you do not want to dye) isn't with the brim that you are dying.  Dip the entire brim into the dye only for a few seconds because you want this to be the lightest layer.


Try your best to get the entire brim the whole way around, but don't worry about it being perfect.  Mine definitely isn't!


Next, dip the brim about half way into the dye and hold it there for about 5 minutes.  


I started to worry at this stage because I could see a difference in colour between the part I dipped in quickly and the part I had held in there.  I guess this has to do with the fact that it is wet and everything appears darker when it is wet because as soon as my hat had dried it had the ombre effect I was going for.

I then dipped the very edge of the brim into the dye and held it there for even longer, same thing happened with me being unable to tell if it was any darker or not.  Leave your hat out to air dry, I hung mine on the clothesline from the top of the hat so that any dripping did not dye any parts of the hat I did not want to dye. 

Then I rocked my hat on the beach...



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