Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.
How to Tie-Dye a Hat
I am loving all of the ombré I've been seeing the last few years. Take a look on Pinterest and you can find ombré hairstyles, crafts, clothing, and even cakes. It's been trending for quite a while now, and it really is stunning.
Ombré is a changing of color, blending one color slowly from dark to light, or blending from one color to another.
As a crafter, it's been a real inspiration for me. I've been thinking about all sorts of different things to make, and this fun baseball cap is one of the ones I've come up with. Because it's appealing to all ages, my teenage daughter and her friend were all too happy to help out with this tutorial.
You might think it would be hard to find white baseball caps, but it's not. You can usually find them in the craft section of a big box store or at your local craft store. There is usually a box of them near the tie-dye section. You can also order them online. An added perk is that they aren't very expensive, so it's an ideal craft for a group of people to do.
If you are looking for a trendy, fashionable craft project, then look no further than this ombré baseball cap.
Supplies You'll Need
Below is a list of supplies you'll need to tie-dye your hat. My daughter and I used a tie-dye kit she received for her birthday and it was perfect, with lots of beautiful colors to choose from. You can find some really nice tie-dye kits online through a simple search. We only made two hats so I have a hunch we will be making lots of t-shirts this summer.
White baseball cap
Make sure it is 100% cotton.
Tie-dye kit or dyes and squirt bottles
Like a trash bag or a plastic table cloth, to cover your work surface.
Step 1: Before Dyeing
- Before you start dyeing, wash the hat to get rid of chemicals that may be in the fabric. I wash and dry it in the normal cycle.
- Cover your work surface with plastic and then a layer of paper towels. The paper towels soak up the liquid that spills. You may even want to put a layer of newspaper under the paper towels. We did this in our backyard on an old folding table which made it easy for clean up.
Step 2: Get the Dyes Ready
Once your work surface is ready, layout everything you are going to need.
Then prepare the dyes of your choice. Follow the instructions provided in your kit.
Note: The dye we used was powder that had to be dissolved and we didn't shake the one bottle enough, so one of hats has a few darker spots on the orange color that can be seen in a photo farther along in the article.
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Step 3: Dyeing the Cap
We started with the darkest color at the front of the cap and the bill.
For the dark color:
Using the squirt bottle and the sponge, gently squeeze a little bit of the dye onto the cap and spread it out with the brush. Repeat as needed until you have gone about 1" up the cap (see next photo)
To do the other colors, stuff the cap with paper towels so it's easier to handle, then flip the cap over and start the second section.
- Using the medium color, dye the next (middle) section until there is about 1/3 of the cap remaining that hasn't been colored.
- Use the lightest dye color to fill in the final section (the back) of the hat.
Flip over and color the adjuster strap on the back. You may also want to dye the inside rim.
Step 4: Finishing Up
I recommend following the tie-dye instructions provided with your kit at this point to ensure that the dye you used sets correctly.
These are the steps we used:
- Put the hat in a plastic bag and let it rest overnight so the colors get absorbed. Don't rinse anything out before you let it sit overnight. To be safe, I put the sealed bag in an old bucket in case it leaks.
- The next day, rinse the hat out in cold water until the water runs clear. This is a great thing to do in a utility sink, or with a hose outside. Any dye that comes out can still stain, so don't do this where it may ruin something.
- To set the color, wash the hat, without anything else in the washing machine, on the normal cycle, with soap. Then dry it in the dryer on the normal cycle.
- Your hat is ready to go!
You can see that the thread used to make the hat wasn't cotton because the dye didn't adhere to it. I'm guessing it was nylon or polyester. I like the look of the white eyelets. I think it adds a little interest to the hat.
As you can see, washing it really tones the colors down.
A Different Color Option
Using some bolder colors can give you a more dramatic ombré effect like in the pink, orange and yellow cap below.
If you look closely at the orange part, you'll see where we didn't shake up the dye enough and not all of the powder dissolved.
I hope you'll give this hat a try. It looks great on anyone, and because it can be made in any color scheme, you can make one to match every outfit in your closet!
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Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 22, 2018:
Thanks Donna - We thought about doing it with rubber bands, and you can easily to the back part and top like that. The problem is the hard bill and the stiffer front part of the cap, but you could do splashes of various colors to get that tie-dye look in the front.
Donna Herron from USA on July 22, 2018:
This is such a cute project! Can you bind these hats with rubber bands or string to make a tied-dye pattern with these dyes? I think that would be an interesting look. Thanks for sharing and posting!
Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 22, 2018:
Thanks. It's not that hard to find them which I like. Sounds like a get together with the grandchildren might be in order. What a fun (but messy) project for a group. Have fun!
RTalloni on July 20, 2018:
Such a cute, cute project. Thanks much for the tip on finding the white caps. It was my first question. Great tutorial. I think my grands might need their own ombre cap.