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
- Transfer tape
- Contact paper / stencil vinyl
- 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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