Tie Dye Cotton Tote Bag Party: Tie Dye Your Summer!

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Tie Dye Cotton Tote Bag Party: Tie Dye Your Summer!
Inviting friends over to tie dye is a fun summer tradition for us...if you haven't had the chance, try it this summer!  Tie Dying is random and spontaneous!  It is so fun to see the reveal of how the project turns out.
You will need:
Tulip One-Step Dye Party Kit

100% Cotton Bags (these are from Tote Bag Factory)
Washable marker
Zip ties
Disposable work surface
Wire drying rack
Plastic grocery bags
Basin of water
Fill the dye bottles according to the package directions.  Fill to the fill line and shake up the dye with the cap on.
Soak the bag in a basin of water.  This will help the bag absorb the dye.
Lay the bag on the table.
Check out the video for sped up tie dying fun!

Let's make a Rainbow Bag!

Fold in half and draw half a rainbow on the bag with the marker, the highest part on the folded line.
Gather the bag along the line and tie a zip tie tightly over the marker line.  Then add zip ties down the bag.  Watch the video for all the details!
Until you have tied on 8 zip ties.
Place the bag on the baking rack.  Fill the top space with red dye, move onto orange and yellow...
Continue with the rest of the rainbow.
Add blue dye to the top and the bottom of the bag.  Then turn over and fill the other side with the same colors.  Place in a plastic grocery bag and let it sit in the sun for 8 hours.  Then wash it out in the sink, clip the zip ties off and continue washing until the water runs clear.  Then immediately wash in the washing machine.
Dry it and enjoy!

Now let's make a Heart Bag!

Fold the bag in half and draw a half heart on the bag, with the points on the folded edge.
Gather the marker line so it makes a straight line and tie it off with a zip tie.  Then add zip ties up the rest of the bag...just like the rainbow bag.  Watch the full video for all the details!
Place on the baking rack and add colors.  The red one is the heart shape.  Turn over and repeat the colors on the backside.  Place in a plastic grocery bag and let it sit in the sun for 8 hours.  Then clip off the zip ties and rinse in the sink until the water runs clear.  Put it in the washing machine and wash it like a normal load.  I washed all the totes together after I rinsed them.

Check out this spectacular heart tote!

Let's make a Galaxy Tote!

Wet the bag and place on the table.  No need for the rack.  Add every color.
Fill the bag with bright, vibrant dyes.
It's awesome just like this!
Or turn it into a galaxy by adding black!
Set in the sun in a plastic bag, rinse thoroughly, wash and dry!  The vibrancy has dimmed, but it's still a great galactic bag!  Just add planets and stars.
Let your friends experiment and they will come up with clever and unique ideas!  Like this pineapple tote!
Or a colorful swirl!

Visit TieDyeYourSummer for more fun Tie Dye ideas!
Super fun "screen free" summer craft!  Get a Tie Dye Party Kit and play today!
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  1. oh wow, I love these!! The heart one looks so great!

  2. I used the same brand of tie dye, soaked the items first, let sit for 8 hours for one piece and 24 hours for two other pieces. However, after rinsing and then washing with just a small amount of laundry detergent I was left with not so great results - my colors were very washed out and faded. I was looking for vibrant color. What did I do wrong?


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