diy summer tote bag

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It’s DIY-time!

I love a good summer DIY, and this one is really cute, and super easy to make. Ready? Let’s do this.
To start, I bought a tie-dye kit from the store for $2.00, along with a $.97 plain white tote bag –  this is a PRICEY endeavor my friends, but bear with me 

First, you’ll need to gather your materials:

Second, wrap your fabric up with rubber bands. How you ‘tie’ the fabric will obviously impact the dye pattern, so make sure you know what you want it to look like. Here is a good reference for general ties/patterns.

Lay out plastic over your work area (keeping it classy with Walmart bags over here), and add water to the dye powder. Shake it up, and begin to lightly drip the dye over the cloth. For a darker look, add more, for a lighter look, add less. Remember to turn the fabric bunch around to get a more even coverage.

Once you are satisfied with your coverage, leave the cloth to soak up the dye for six to eight hours. I wrapped the cloth bundle in the plastic bags to keep it from drying out.

After six hours or so, cut the rubber bands with a pair of scissors and run the cloth under the tap until the water runs (mostly) clear. Throw the cloth in the washing machine with a little bit of detergent and air dry.

My kit made enough dye for two projects, so I made a shirt at the same time! This is a kids size, and I think I am going to turn it into a crop top…stay tuned!

Once dry, your bag is good to go!

Light and summery, it’s the perfect casual bag for summer. 

And the shirt? This is how it turned out (plus some pink toes):
I think I will chop the sleeves off and maybe turn it into a tie-waist top, kind of like this.

What do you think? I’m so happy with the results, and it was seriously SO easy. If you decide to give this DIY a go, please post it to your blog/facebook/insta and let me know in the comments! I would love to see some other creations.


  1. This is great! I have been wanting to spice up a few plain t-shirts and kids clothes. The only problem is that I am 90% positive I can't find tie-dye kits here. I wonder what else I can use for dye? I have food colouring, or red wine…Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. I don't know if I can afford this DIY…lol just kidding! What a cheap and easy way to upgrade a tote bag (it looks a lot more expensive than the actual price tag). I also really like the way the starburst pattern on the shirt turned out.


    Another Beautiful Thing blog


  3. You really only need clothing dye, a squeezy bottle (old ketchup bottle would work) and rubber bands, Laura. Apparently, a tie-dying method called Shibori originates from Japan (thanks Wikipedia!) so I'm sure you could find the stuff you need 🙂


  4. Thanks Brittney! I love it, too. I used to be allllll about tie-dye circa 4th grade, but I think using just one color + white makes it look really cool and updated, don't you think?


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