DIY: Custom Dying Bandanas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A tied bandana around your neck is the accessory of the year! Bright colors of red, blue or yellow are easy to find, but I wanted more muted colors of pinks, yellows, greens and oranges…tropical colors. So we made some!
Follow this simple step by step guide to make your own custom colored bandanas.Libbie Summers, Bandanas, Hand-Dyed, Dyed, How To, Tropical Colors

1 dye packet for natural fabrics (I used iDye) (1 color of dye for each color range)
1 stainless steel pot
1 cup of non-iodized salt
1 spoon for stirring
3 Cotton bandanas (for each dye packet)

What to do:
Step 1:
Fill a large stock pot with enough water to cover your bandanas. Place the pot onto medium heat and add your dye packet. Stir until fully dissolved.

Step 2:
Wet your bandanas, stir into the pot and raise the temperature to just below boiling.

Step 3:
Add 1 cup of non-iodized salt and stir frequently for 30 minutes.

Step 4:
Remove the bandanas and rinse under cold water. Toss into the washer with mild detergent with cold water. Let dry.

Pro Tip:
To achieve a lighter color/ombre of color, empty 3 quarters of your mix and 1 bandana after step 01, and dilute it with new water, bring to boil. Repeat process as listed above for each color change (we got three different hues of the same color from each packet/see the pink bandanas in the image below for reference).

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Check out this video for more ways to use a bandana (aside from tying around your neck): 4 WAYS TO USE A BANDANA


  1. How do you die one red and yellow or red and gold? I’m trying to figure it out I know I start with a white bandana

    Comment by Say wha on January 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm

  2. We used different colored dyes. You can water down the dies to make a lighter hue of each color.

    Comment by Libbie Summers on January 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm

  3. Dying custom bandanas is such a fun thing to do! I’ll go with a blue one for my puppy.

    Comment by Custom Bandanas on August 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

  4. Wow! so cool! The custom bandanas I bought has a white background, and I plan to dye it yellow!

    Comment by custom bandana on September 16, 2021 at 10:20 am

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