How to Dip-Dye Your Sailor Bracelet


Photography by: Mike Krautter


  • Dye
  • Cotton sailor knot bracelets (White Original or Fat Bracelets for Dip Dyeing)
  • Containers for holding the dye
  • A rack for drying the bracelets
  • Plastic Gloves – this will be messy!



Photography by: Mike Krautter


Gather your materials and soak bracelets in water until saturated. Cold water dye used for tie-dyeing is the easiest dye to work with. I like Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye.


Photography by: Mike Krautter

Prepare dye according to package directions and pour into a shallow bowl, about 1/2 an inch deep — or to the depth at which you’d like to dip the bracelet.


Pick up your soaked bracelet and let the excess water drip off, then carefully place in the dye container. The water in the bracelet helps draw the dye upward. If you want to experiment, you can dye them dry but there will be less of an ombre effect.


Photography by: Mike Krautter

Let sit for up to a minute. You will see the dye start to work its way up the fibers. The color will continue to saturate the bracelet as it sits, and a shorter dip time is better than a longer one. If you don’t think there is enough color you can always dip it again.


Move the bracelet to a rack to dry. The dye will drip, so make sure you to place something waterproof underneath — a layer of plastic wrap or a disposable plastic table cloth — to soak up the drips on top so that your table doesn’t get stained. Placing paper towels on top of the plastic is a good idea too; it will save drips from getting under the plastic.


Photography by: Mike Krautter

Let your bracelet dry completely then rinse well until the water runs clear. This may take multiple rinses.


Soaking in a glass overnight helps work out the dye.


When the color has set, you can repeat the dye process on the other side of the bracelet if you want two colors meeting in the middle.


Finally, enjoy your dip-dyed bracelet!


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