Fabric dyeing is messy and a little finicky, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to start dyeing everything! Much like spray paint, fabric dye can take something from being ordinary to extraordinary quickly and inexpensively. Take these canvas tote bag for example; on their own, they’re not much to look at, but add a little pink dye and a fabric ribbon, and suddenly they’re perfect totes for your bridesmaids. I recommend using them for Wedding Survival Kits. Add a personal bottle of champagne, a pair of slip on shoes, bandaids, advil, blotting papers, and a tube of lipstick and your girls will be ready to party the night away.
Large stainless steel pot
Prepare the fabric dye in the pot according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Dampen the canvas totes to ensure the dye absorbs evenly
Slowly lower the totes into the dye
If you’re using a shot dye time, you can simply hold the bags, but if you’re dye time is long you will need to rig up a makeshift system to hold them in place
Once your dye time is up, carefully lift them out of the dye and rinse them under cold water until the water runs clear