Dip Dyed Linen Shirt

Dip Dyed Linen Shirt from www.nearlycrafty.com

I have been the proud creator of about 30 million craft fails in my life. Some were horrible ideas from the start that didn’t make it more than one step out of the starting block. These usually involve pompoms and hot glue guns. Some projects fell apart halfway through. I currently have a weird pile of felted wool strips sitting in the corner of the room that represents that category. Other disaster projects still make sense in my head, I just couldn’t make them work no matter how many times I tried. These usually involve food.

This dip dyed linen shirt was a total anomaly of a project. It fits into the rainbow unicorn mythical beast category of crafting creations. I had an idea, made it successfully, then messed it up, and reveled in the fact that the messed up final version was better than anything I could have dreamed up.

Get ready to have your mind blown!


  • White linen shirt – Mine is from Old Navy.
  • RIT dye – I chose Fuchsia, but go with whatever color you want.
  • Large plastic tub
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Access to washer/dryer

How To

1. In your large plastic tub, mix water, salt, and RIT dye per the instructions on the bottle.

Dip Dyed Linen Shirt from www.nearlycrafty.com

2. Saturate the shirt with water and ring it out.

Dip Dyed Linen Shirt from www.nearlycrafty.com

3. Put on your rubber gloves. It’s about to get messy up in here.

4. Hold the shirt by the shoulders and submerge the bottom portion of the body and sleeves in the dye mixture. Try to keep the shirt and sleeves as even as possible so that you end up with a straight line running across the entire shirt.

Dip Dyed Linen Shirt from www.nearlycrafty.com

5. Let the shirt soak in the dye for about 2-3 minutes.

6. Pull the shirt straight out of the dye and run water over the dyed portion. Keep holding the shirt by the shoulders so the water doesn’t bleed dye into the white part of the shirt.

Dip Dyed Linen Shirt from www.nearlycrafty.com

7. Run the water over the dyed portion for only about 30 seconds. The dye instructions will tell you to run the water over the cloth until the water runs clear. Don’t do this. Just rinse it out for a bit.

8. Hang your shirt to air dry. I threw mine on the clothes line and let it sun dry.

9. Wash the shirt in the washing machine with a touch of soap in warm water.

10. When the shirt is washed you should have an entirely new shirt. The top portion will be a lighter version of the bottom color and the ombre bleed should be perfect. See what happens when you don’t follow directions!!

Dip Dyed Linen Shirt from www.nearlycrafty.com

Near Misses

  • Well, obviously this entire project was a miss. This is the perfect proof that misses aren’t always a bad thing!

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    • I was supposed to follow the directions so the top was all white and the bottom was hot pink. The all pink look was not in the plan!