For a handmade spin on this seasonal trend, turn a plain white cotton dress into a sweet watermelon ensemble. This budget-friendly project is eye-catching, unique and easy enough for beginners.


Things You’ll Need

  • White cotton dress
  • Gloves
  • Red and green fabric dye
  • Plastic tubs (2)
  • Washing machine
  • Garbage bag, tarp or old magazine pages
  • Thin scrap fabric
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Black fabric paint
  • Foam brush


Step 1

Cover your work space with a garbage bag or tarp. In separate bins, prepare the green and red fabric dyes according to the package’s directions.


Step 2

Place the top half of the dress in the green dye bath and the bottom half in the red. Leave them to soak for about half an hour.


Step 3

Rinse the dress under running water until it turns clear. Keep the two sides away from each other as much as you can.


Step 4

Wash the dress in a washing machine. Hang it to dry.


Step 5

Lay the dress on a flat surface. Place garbage bags, a tarp or old magazine pages inside the dress. Smooth out any wrinkles or folds.


Step 6

Place a strip of painter’s tape on the scrap fabric.


Step 7

Fold the painter’s tape in half. Cut half a teardrop shape along the fold.


Step 8

Remove the painter’s tape from the fabric.


Step 9

Place the stencil on the dress. Smooth out the tape to ensure that it is completely flat.


Step 10

Using the foam brush, apply a light layer of black fabric paint.


Step 11

Carefully peel away the tape.


Step 12

To paint more seeds, re-position the stencil on another part of the dress.


Step 13

Repeat Steps 9-11 until the red half of the dress has enough seeds to your liking.


Step 14

Let the paint dry completely.


Tips for Making a Watermelon Print Dress

For best results, use a dress that is 100% cotton. Materials such as polyester do not hold fabric dye. A dress made of both cotton and polyester might not hold dye very well.