Denim shorts are a staple in warm weather. You can spice up a pair of basic white denim shorts with an easy dyeing technique. Use this method to add your favorite color scheme to one garment. You can also use this tutorial to dye t-shirts, dresses and jeans.

Red, white and blue shorts

Kirsten Nunez

Things You'll Need

Cover your work space with a tarp or garbage bag. In the first bin, mix the blue powdered dye with water according to the package’s directions. Repeat with the red dye in the second bin. The more powdered dye you add, the darker the colors become.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

Place the two bins of fabric dye side by side. Lay the left side of the white shorts in the blue dye and the right side in the red.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

Carefully rotate the shorts to submerge the top or bottom parts into the dye.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

Rinse the shorts under running water until the water turns clear. Wash in the washing machine for one cycle or according to the package’s directions.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

Let the shorts dry completely.

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

And they’re ready to wear!

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts

How to Make Red, White and Blue Shorts