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Taught by TikTok: Make your own tie-dye sweat set for less than $20

Before quarantine, I was already completely immersed in the world of TikTok. Now, with so much time on my hands, I've spent more time on the app than I'd like to admit.

TikTok is often labeled as a Gen Z-only social media platform, and before quarantine, only the bravest 20+ year-olds dared to join. But quarantine has changed things, and now the hilarious and creative content is up for grabs to Millenials (and even Boomers), who are logging on to see what all the hoopla is about.

I resisted for months and months but eventually caved, and trust me when I say it is way too easy to spend hours scrolling through the videos.

TikTok is more than just the Renegade dance or Hype House (just Google if you don't know what either of those are - no shame), the app is FULL of hacks, tricks and tips. Since downloading it at the end of January, I've learned so much that's made my life easier. This includes (but is most definitely not limited to) hair and makeup techniques, shopping recommendations, cleaning and organizing tips, DIY hacks and so much more. If you look at my camera roll right now, every other item is a video I've saved.

I completely understand those who don't want to download it, join the hype, or just aren't really into social media and another app. BUT I still wanted to share some of what TikTok has taught me, in maybe a more palatable and less intimidating way than getting an account.

First up: Make Your Own Tie-Dye Sweat Set

You've probably seen these on your favorite Instagram influencers — a matching tie-dye sweatshirt and pants set. They're undeniably cute and trendy, but at what cost? From shops like Urban Outfitters, a matching tie-dye sweatshirt and sweatpants can cost you around $108 before shipping and taxes.

With hundreds of TikTok tie-dye sweat set tutorials at my disposal, I made my one for less than $20.


  • Matching sweatshirt and sweatpants (I got mine off Amazon: sweatshirt and sweatpants)
  • Bleach (I just used what I found in my mom's cleaning pantry)
  • Gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors (optional)


  1. Start by folding or twisting the sweatshirt and sweatpants separately the way you would to tie-dye anything
  2. Secure with rubber bands that will also help make designs (I doubled up in some places to make the spot lighter)
  3. Get the shirt and pants wet (you can do this before you rubber band them if you prefer) in the bathtub or a sink
  4. Put on gloves and pour bleach on the fabric (I did this heavily in some places and less in others)
  5. Let sit for 10-20 minutes (I did 15)
  6. Remove rubber bands
  7. Wash and dry them

Ta-da! That's literally it. And at a time where we aren't leaving our homes unless it's absolutely necessary, who wouldn't love a comfy, trendy sweat set to lounge around in? Happy DIY-ing!