Hi Friends! Are you ready to join in this fun fashion trend and Tie Dye Your Summer? Today I am sharing a DIY tie dye t-shirt bag. It is perfect for the beach or lounging around town. Oh, and can you believe this was my first time tie dying EVER? Tulip’s One Step Tie-Dye Kit made it so easy!
How to Tie Dye
Yes, that’s it! The gloves, rubber bands, instructions, and even some plastic sheeting comes in the kit! Although I have the largest kit pictured above (seriously, the colors!) the kits also come in smaller varieties. Just add water to the bottles for bold, beautiful colors!
To create the semi-spiral effect, I began at the lower corner of the t-shirt and twisted it over and over until it curled back on itself. As I was twisting, I placed rubber bands at around 2-3 inches apart.
Here are some of the effects I produced with this technique. Multi-color and monochromatic projects both work very well. The green shirt was dampened with water before applying the dye and then a bit of the blue was added around the rubber band areas. The blue shirt was dampened with a bit of water 30 minutes after the initial dying. They both were allowed to soak in the dye for 8 hours while wrapped in plastic wrap. I rinsed with the rubber bands on at first and then cut them off. The Tulip Tie Dyes are permanent and color-fast so they won’t fade in the wash.
How to make a T-Shirt Bag
- Tie Dye T-shirt
- 2 yards of ribbon or cording
- 8 1-inch grommets with setting kit and hammer
- Basic sewing supplies (pins, scissors, thread)
Now that you have some amazing tie dye specimens, we can turn them into a cute casual tie dye bag. First cut two 15×19 inch pieces of fabric from your tie dyed t-shirt. On each piece of fabric, roll the edges of both 19″ sides and one 15″ side inwards 1/4 of an inch and pin. As pictured above, you can double roll for a more finished seam. Sew the three seams on both pieces of fabric (because t-shirts have a tendency to roll and this will flatten out your fabric).
Next is the top band of the bag. On the remaining unfinished edge of each piece of fabric, fold down the top 1/4″ and then fold again 1 1/4″ and pin. Pin all the way across the top of the bag and sew your seam.
With outsides facing each other, pin both pieces of fabric together around the bottom and both sides. Sew together. I backed my bag with a white t-shirt to better show you.
This is what the bag will look like now. Turn right-side-in.
Now we will add the grommets. Your bag should now be 14.5 inches wide (14″ if you double rolled) and we will place 8 grommets. For a 14.5 inch width, mark at 2.75″, 5.75″, 8.75″, and 11.75″ across the top band. Center the grommet around the marks and draw an inner circle as shown above. Using scissors, cut the hole for the grommet. Using an eyelet or grommet kit and a hammer, put the grommet in place. Continue with all 8 grommets.
Simply thread the ribbon through the loops and voila, you have a totally unique and hip Tie Dye bag. Off to the beach with you!
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!
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