DIY: Sun-dye your own tote bag

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What you’ll need:

Lumi dye
Fairgoods tote templates (They’re free!)
Blank canvas tote bag
Foam brush
Painter’s tape
Cardboard
Inkjet printer
Transparency film paper

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STEP ONE
Pick your design and print it out onto transparency film using your inkjet printer. We’ve created five designs for you to choose from, or you can create your own.

designs

STEP TWO
Decide where you’d like to place the design on your bag and then trace around the edge of the sheet with a pencil.

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STEP THREE
Using your pencil guides, tape off the area using painter’s tape.

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STEP FOUR

Slide a piece of cardboard inside your tote to prevent the dye from soaking through. Next, shake your packet of Lumi dye for 30 seconds and then open it and evenly squeeze out the dye over your surface.

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STEP FIVE
Spread out the dye evenly with a brush. Wipe up all excess dye with paper towels or a cloth on the inside of the tote and the cardboard.

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STEP SIX
As soon as you’re done with the ink, place your design over it and head outside.

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STEP SEVEN
Set your tote bag outside in direct sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes, or until you’re happy with the color.

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STEP EIGHT
Bring your tote inside and remove the film. Remove the masking tape and let dry for 24 hours in a dark place. That’s it. Your bag is ready to use. We hope you totes enjoy your tote. (Sorry.)

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1 Comment

  1. Remember to wash the tote after printing to make sure it doesn’t continue to develop!

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