Mom always knows best, right?  My mom is a baby boomer, growing up with five siblings on a farm.  They didn’t have a lot of money, so they had to make the things they already had as long as possible.  Not only is that how she learned to sew, repair, and alter her own clothes, it’s also how she learned about one of the most powerful tools in a DIY fashionista’s arsenal:  fabric dye.  In today’s world, economic woes and a thriving DIY movement have brought fabric dye back to popularity.  It’s amazing what a difference a little color makes!  Krista at Rookie Mag demonstrated the amazing power of dye with an array of revamp projects, including these fabulous tie dye tights.  They kind of remind me of a pair of tights I saw at a Betsy Johnson boutique once, only without the $60 price tag!  [how to make tie dye tights]

Project estimate:

  • Tights, $1
  • Fabric dye, on hand or about $3
  • Vinegar, on hand
  • Salt, on hand

Total:  $1 and up