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How to Tie Dye a Tote Bag
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How to Tie Dye a Tote Bag

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time < 1 hour

Use Tulip tie dye kits to create these fun, bright bags – perfect to make your friends smile with you wherever you use it, at work, on holiday or just a trip to the shops!

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How to make

Slice of Rainbow Tote

Step 1 

Wash, dry and iron your tote bag. (Don’t skip this step – new bags have a coating that stops the dye being absorbed properly.)

Step 2 

Soak the tote in water and wring out excess water.

Step 3 

Place on flat surface and smooth out the bag.

Step 4 

Folding: Take bag by bottom right hand corner. Clasp bag and pull bag through a closed fist to form an arrow shape. See images.
Apply first band tightly 10 cm from the corner.
Apply second band 17 cm from the corner.
Apply third band 30cm from the corner.

Top Tip! . . . If you want the dye to bleed together in between the colours, then apply dye over the rubber bands so the dye leaches into the plain sections.

Step 5 

Apply dye to sections.
Section 1 Pink.
Section 2 Leave plain.
Section 3 Turquiose
Section 4 Leave plain
Section 5 Lime

Step 6 

Wipe up excess dye with tissue and place bag in a zip seal bag. Leave for 8 hours.

Step 7 

Remove from bag, remove bands and rinse until water runs clear.

Step 8 

Wash separately in machine at 60 degrees.

Step 9

Dry and iron bag ready for use.

Pink and Turquoise Swirl Tote

Step 1 

Wash, dry and iron your tote bag. (Don’t skip this step – new bags have a coating that stops the dye being absorbed properly.)

Step 2 

Soak the tote in water and wring out excess water.

Step 3 

Place on flat surface and smooth out the bag.

Step 4 

Folding: Pinch the bag in the centre and slowly twist clockwise. Ensure the folds radiate out to the edge of the bag and continue to twist until the bag looks like the photo.

Step 5 

Apply bands provided (or cable ties not included) across the centre of the folded bag. Apply 2 more bands or cable ties to divide the folded bag into 6 parts. Ensure the bands are tight to hold the tote together.

Step 6 

This bag use 2 dyes and uses a blending technique to create the third colour. Apply dye to each section, alternatively. Ie turquoise, leave plain , pink, turquoise, leave plain and pink. In plain sections, mix turquoise and pink dye to create purple blend.

Wipe up excess dye with tissue and place bag in a zip seal bag. Leave for 8 hours.

Step 7 

Remove from bag, remove bands and rinse until water runs clear.

Step 8 

Wash separately in machine at 60 degrees.

Step 9

Dry and iron bag ready for use.

Turquoise Square Tote

Step 1 

Wash, dry and iron your tote bag. (Don’t skip this step – new bags have a coating that stops the dye being absorbed properly.)

Step 2 

Soak the tote in water and wring out excess water.

Step 3 

Place on flat surface and smooth out the bag.

Step 4 

Folding: Fold the bag in half vertically and then fold horizontally to form a square.

Step 5 

Pour 5 mm of dye into a container. Holding the bag, dip the edges into the dye, rotate the bag and repeat until all four sides have been dipped

Step 6 

To create the ombre effect, now add water to the dye in the container to make a wash. Using the 5cm sponge brush, wash the centre of the square with the dye solution.

Wipe up excess dye with tissue, refold your tote into squares and place bag in a zip seal bag. Leave for 8 hours.

Step 7 

Remove from bag, unfold and rinse until water runs clear.

Step 8 

Wash separately in machine at 60 degrees.

Step 9

Dry and iron bag ready for use.

Finished Tote Bags

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