A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to collab with DYLON on a Spring Spruce tutorial for homeware and I enjoyed every second, so when I was asked to do a collab mark II I jumped at the chance!
It’s almost Mother’s Day, and what better time than to gift something handmade to the lovely women in your life?
After the success of my earlier attempt at hand dying I wanted to try something different and create something that my mum & mum-in-law would get a lot of use from, so decided on a reusable tote bag. I didn’t want to repeat a dip-dye, so scoured Pinterest for a few ideas and eventually settled on a good old tie-dye.
This is the second time that I’ve tried a DYLON hand dye, and it is so easy to use – I absolutely recommend picking one of these beauts up and giving this a go.
This tutorial is definitely less time-consuming than the last and perfect for a beginner – I also think it would be really fun to do with the little ones, as they can create their own unique patterns and designs with not a lot of effort.
To make a tie-dye tote bag, you will need:
✨ Plain cotton or canvas tote bag
✨ DYLON hand dye in the colour(s) of your choice
✨ Warm water
✨ Elastic bands
✨ Rubber gloves
✨ A large container
✨ Plastic jug
1) Start by grabbing your tote bag and elastic bands, and creating a design! There are lots of tutorials on google, but it was more fun to just tie them in odd patterns and wait for the result. Make sure the elastic bands are quite tight, otherwise the dye will leak through regardless.
2) Pop some marigolds on, and add 6 litres of warm water to the container, and stir in roughly 250g salt until the water is clear.
3) In a plastic jug or smaller container, mix the contents of the dye sachet with 500ml of warm water. Once all the dye has dissolved, add this to the large container of salted water and stir.
4) Place the tote bag into this, scrunch it gently to remove as many as the air bubbles as you can. It needs to stay submerged so the dye can soak all the way through the fabric, so I weighed mine down with a heavy plate.
5) Set a timer for 45 minutes and once done, carefully squeeze out all excess dye and rinse throughly with cold water until it runs clear. Remove the elastic bands, and rinse again. Wash on a low temperature wash, and allow to dry naturally.
It really is as simple as that! It was so exciting to see the results of each design, and I had so much fun creating these. You can use or give these away as gifts without doing much else to them, however I wanted to make it a bit more special so enlisted the wife and her calligraphy skills to decorate each one with some fabric pens.
I chose two quotes from the internet (google = best friend) for the bags we decided to keep, my mum-in-laws full name for hers and added my mum’s initials to the one that I’ll be popping her gift in for Mother’s day!
Give it a try and see what you end up with – a whole world of hand dye creativity awaits.