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Craft On: Dip Dyed Totes

Dip Dyed TotesWhen putting together a DIY post, I often try to explain how easy the particular craft is.  Sometimes I worry that people will be like “easy? I don’t think so!”  But now, thanks to my new Craft On video series on ulive, I have video proof that YES, you all can make these crafts too and they really are easy!  In this video, I show you how to make these beautiful gradient dip-dyed totes, which are totally perfect for spring!

With Easter around the corner, not only can they be used a more fashionable alternative to the classic woven baskets, but they roll up nice and small so they can easily fit into your Easter decor box after the holiday. While I kept my tote plain, they can be personalized as well – use fabric pens, iron-on transfers, or a wide range of embellishments to add some special details to yours.  Make some new Easter baskets for your kids or make a cute bag for yourself to tote around all spring long! And guys, Spring officially starts tomorrow, so there’s no better time to get crafting!  Click below to watch the video!

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Materials Needed:

  • Canvas tote
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • ½ cup Salt
  • 4 oz RIT fabric dye (half of the bottle)
  • Washtub or large container
  • Plastic gloves


Dip Dyed Totes Directions

Step #1: Fill your container or washtub with 2 gallons of hot water and add the salt and dye, stir to mix. Follow the specific instructions provided with your particular fabric dye, as each brand is a bit different.

Step #2: Put on gloves…long gloves.  (Seriously guys! This dye does not come off easily!  You’ll notice some dye leaked into my glove during the filming, which was not fun getting off!)

Step #3: For a gradient effect, submerge the bottom third of your tote in the dye. Let sit for ten minutes then lower the tote a few more inches and soak the next layer for 10 minutes.  Repeat this process 2 – 3 more times (depending on how high you want your dye to reach on the bag).

Step #4: Remove the bag from the dye.

Step #5: Hang to dry overnight (if indoors) or outside for a few hours until it is completely dry.  You’ll notice the gradient effect become more prominent as the bag dries, so don’t worry if you don’t see it right away.
Dip Dyed Tote

  1. jac

    March 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    i love this idea! always looking for new ways to customize totes 🙂
    xo jac

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