June 20, 2014

DIY: Grunge-effect Tie-dye Summer Bag

This post has been sponsored by Blueprint Social and ILovetoCreate as part of their Tie-Dye your Summer Campaign. All opinions and comments though, are 100% mine so don't you worry! :)

I'm sure you've been noticing the crazy obsession people have over tie-dye lately - like seriously, tie-dye stuff everywhere. I wanted to make something for my little sister for all her pool/beach stuff and I also wanted to teach her the basics of tie-dyeing (she's a little me, you see) so I figured I'd make this little tote bag with a saying for her. Have you ever tried tie-dyeing? If you haven't yet or want something easy, go ahead and tie-dye your summer with this fun craft :)

  • Tie dye - I used the Tulip brand in Fuschia (they come in squeeze bottles, very handy)
  • Blank canvas bag
  • String / yarn
  • Rubber bands
  • Pole / pipe / cylindrical object
  • Template - download mine at the end of the post
  • Scissors
  • Transfer tape
  • Contact paper / stencil vinyl
  • Iron
  • Sponge dauber
  • Metallic paint

I tried the shibori technique:

First, roll your bag tightly around a cylindrical object - in my case, I used a pvc pipe. Wrap string/yarn tightly around your bag and scrunch your bag as best as you can. 

Using your dye in a bottle, carefully cover the bag with dye. You can also dip your bag in a dye vat - but this method is much easier for me since I don't have a bucket. (I love this dye, btw - they're so vibrant and don't fade in the wash). 

Cut off the strings and rinse your bag until the water runs clear. Mine turned out like this - which isn't really what I was going for, but I liked the grunge effect that it had so I continued on. I think that's because canvas fabric takes in more dye than your usual tee fabric. Let your bag dry!

Cut your template - mine is available for download at the end of the post. :) Use transfer tape to transfer your stencil onto your bag - I cut up mine in pieces because I wanted to save on transfer tape. Haha!

Iron your stencil onto your bag if you're using contact paper to adhere it fully and lessen paint bleeding. Make sure to use a piece of paper in between the contact paper and the iron when doing this - failure to do so will cause your contact paper to curl up and get destroyed (I know this because I am speaking from a ton of frustrating experiences, lol). 

Fill your stencil in with your color of choice - I really love the look of metallic paint so I ended up using a lovely metallic gold color. Peel the stencil off after it dries. You are done! It's a little difficult to photograph the awesomeness of this tote though. 

You can always choose a color that will show up more against the color of your bag, but I just really love the glint and subtlety of the gold against the pink. 

Now all that's left to do is to show it off to friends :) My little sister is so excited to go to the beach with this new tote of hers.

What is your favorite tie-dye technique? Are you planning to try your hand at tie-dyeing? I hope you will - it's fun and awesome once you get the hang of it. Have a great weekend you guys!


And also, visit these links from ILovetoCreate for more awesome projects and ideas:

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  1. Super cute! I love the colors you chose, too! I have yet to try a stencil on fabric...but you made it look so easy, I will have to add it to my project list! :)

    1. Thanks Kelly! My sister helped me pick the colors out since it was her bag. Haha. Try stenciling - it's fun once you get the hang of it! :)


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