Did you tie dye as a kid? All I remember about it is having stained hands for days and a tie dyed shirt that ended up being more washed out and pastel in color…and the shirt was usually 3 times too large. Well, I created this fun tie dye project…but the good thing is that it doesn’t involve stained hands and unattractively large washed out tie dye shirts!
Dyeing canvas bags is easy and fun. This tie dye spray technique is perfect for bags made out of heavy canvas because no washing machine is required. Learn how to dye a canvas bag in 3 easy steps!
How To Dye A Canvas Bag In 3 Easy Steps
When I think of summer, I think of trips to the library with my girls. We go at least once a week. We came up with these super easy canvas bags that can be personalized to say anything your heart desires and are the perfect size for toting around library books!
The best thing about Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit® is that it is mess free and super easy. It comes with gloves as well as the powdered dye already in each bottle. All you have to do is add water and shake! You could also try this technique with traditional fabric dye and water mixed in a spray bottle.
I love using vinyl letters in my DIY projects, like this mini canvas craft for kids. I knew that I wanted to try incorporating some in these spray dyed bags to create fun phrases on the bags. We made reading bags for the library, but you could customize this for anything! These bags would be the activity for a tween’s birthday party.
Materials Needed To Dye A Canvas Bag
Here’s what you will need:
- Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit®
- Canvas Bags
- Vinyl Letters
Directions For How To Dye A Canvas Bag
Step One: First, mix up your dye and put it in a small spray bottle. Make sure to wear gloves so that your hands don’t get stained.
Step Two: Next, I used some vinyl stick on letters and made my wording on the bag.
These letters are great because they stick to the fabric, but are easy to reposition (and don’t lose their “stickyness).
Step Three: Make sure you have newspaper down under your bag and start spraying the dye onto the bag.
Keep adding colors until it looks good. I used 3 colors.
After the bag is dry, peel off the letters!
I also tried one in more of an ombre style.
Start with the darkest color at the bottom.
I thought these bags turned out so fun and I know my girls are going to love taking them to the library. You could use this technique on a shirt, pillow or anything fabric that you feel like dyeing!