Ombre Dyeing

Here’s a video tutorial on how to get an ombre effect with fabric dye and a spray bottle. The above dress is the one I’m working on in the video. The video shows a partially completed garment. This technique also works on yardage and on finished garments. Below the video are some photos of other garments that I’ve used this technique for.

To fill the bottle, I used a dye mix based on Step 3 of this tutorial on the Dharma Trading site.

Here’s the video:

Here’s Part 2

Here’s a link to the completed dress

My Daughter's halloween costume. I sprayed it with 2 colors.

My first try at spray dyeing

You could even try to achieve something like this, from the Chanel spring 2012 couture show.

If you decide to use this technique, please post a photo somewhere and link in the comments!



  1. Gigi
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 3:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    How fun! I can’t wait to try this myself. Thanks for the great video – you have a lovely voice.

  2. Gilly
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    A great video. Thank you! I love your blog and am a regular reader. You have such talent!!

  3. Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very cool. I have to try this! I’ll share it if I get to it.

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