DIY Yellow Jeans by Shannon

Thursday, March 08, 2012
I've been drooling over some yellow jeans ever since I saw these Madewell ones. I looked and looked and couldn't find any that were under $100. So, what do I do if I can't find what I'm looking for? I think of a different way to get it. I was at Target and they had some white jeans for $18. I bought them knowing I had some yellow dye at home.

What you'll need:
  • white jeans
  • bucket (When I dye clothing, I always use a bucket. It's a little more time-consuming, but I think it works better.)
  • salt
  • yellow dye

  1. Fill the bucket with warm water.
  2. Add salt and the dye. Mix very well. I always eyeball the amount of dye to put in (a little bit). You can always add more if it's not enough.
  3. Once everything is mixed well, put your clothing in. Mix it continually.
  4. When you are dying clothing, you need to be ready to take it out at any time because it can change colors FAST. I always wait till it is the color I want and then let it sit for a few more minutes. Some of it will wash out.
  5. Dump out the water and rinse the clothing in warm water.
  6. Put it in the washing machine right away! Warm water cycle, not hot!
  7. Then you're all done!!

I always learn something new when I dye clothing. This time it had nothing to do with the dyeing process. First, I should have tried on the on the pants before I bought them because they are very low-rise! Next, I was reminded why I have stayed away from lighter color pants for so long. They got dirty about five minutes after wearing them. All in all, for the price, I'm happy with the results.

Banana Republic blazer; Anthrpologie shirt; Target pants; Michael Kors shoes; GAP bag


  1. Wow, get it! Those look awesome! I want to buy a pair of white jeans and try this : )


  2. I can't believe it! Just yesterday I was planning on doing something like this! So great to read this post, I'll definitely be dying one of my old jeans a new color. 

  3. Brilliant! I love this. I was actually thinking of bleaching my red jeans to make the light pink. I don't know if it will turn out.


  4. Good Job!


  5. This could not have come at a more perfect time! I want to dye an old denim jacket but wasn't sure what dye to use. Do you use Rit dye whenever you dye something? I was looking at that and Dylon dye.

  6. Jamie I always use RIT dye because I've done it so many times I feel more confort with it but I'm sure the Dylon would work just the same.

  7. Sarah-Anne LyonsMarch 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    what a great idea for colored skinnies!

  8. So cute!!  I'm inspired. :)

  9. Nicole R BrittinghamMarch 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I have dyed a few pairs of my skinnies with RIT and love it, but oh man I am drooling over your yellow, it may have to be what I do next. LOVE THEM, they look great on you by the way.

  10. Why didnt I think of that? LOL.  They came out great.  Im pretty tall and have quite a few pairs of white jeans but have had a hard time finding color jeans ...Thanks!!

  11. beautiful shade of yellow! great idea.

  12. WOW they look super great!  I def am going to have to try this!!!!!  xoxo A-

  13. Would this also work with food coloring?