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How to Dye a unique canvas bag?

If you are bored with painting on canvas bags, why not try to dye the bag?

Principle of dyeing is liquid paint penetrates into the canvas bag, then attaches on canvas bag.

The article mainly introduces tie dyeing, plant dyeing and batik.

10 Simple Steps for Tie Dyeing

The process of tie-dye typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment, before binding with string or rubber bands, followed by the application of dye or dyes.

If you are a retro style lover, pls try tie-dye!

Before start, you need to prepare:

  1. A white canvas bag
  2. Dye colors
  3. Disposable gloves
  4. Rubber band
  5. Tissue
  6. Plastic bag
  7. Plastic wrap
  8. Sealed bag

Step 1:Put white canvas bag on plastic bag

Step 2:Prepare Dye colors and shake them

Step 3:Curl the canvas bag and fix it with a rubber band through a cross

Step 4:Wear gloves and squeeze the dye color in the area you like

Step 5:Remove the canvas bag and clean the ink on the plastic bag with tissue

Step 6:Lay out tissue, turn over the canvas bag and continue to color

Step 7:Wrap the canvas bag with plastic wrap and put into Sealed bag

Step 8:Leave it for 24 hours

Step 9:Wash the canvas bag until water come out clear

Step 10:Dry

From SoCraftastic

Different binding and folding methods have different effects.

If you want to try the rainbow canvas bag, small stick can achieve,

use stick fixed centre for canvas bag, then roll canvas bag and dye the color.

8 Simple Steps for Plant Dyeing

Majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources—roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood—and other biological sources such as fungi.

Plant pigments create dyes. Some plants make excellent dyes, while others just don’t seem to have enough pigment.

Before start, you need to prepare:

  1. A white canvas bag
  2. Water
  3. Onion Skin
  4. Pot
  5. Bowl
  6. Wooden hammer
  7. Strainer

Step 1:Put 2 cups water into pot

Step 2:Put onion skin into pot and use wooden hammer press it underwater

Step 3:Wait for 20 minutes

Step 4:Pour out water into bowl through strainer

Step 5:Put canvas bag in bowl

Step 6:Leave it for 24 hours

Step 7:Wash the bag until water becomes clear

Step 8:Dry

Besides onion skin, you can also try avocado peel and plant powders,

Nature is magical, there are too many nature dye in the world, you can use sunflowers, marigolds, and dandelions to get yellow color.

If you want to make a baby gift bag, plant dye is non-toxic and safer than industry colors.

From Rosmery Solorzano

9 Simple Steps for Batik

Batik is a type of resist printing process in which wax is applied to the fabric in specific areas. Batik has to undergo the repeated processes of waxing dyeing and boiling.


  1. A canvas bag
  2. Batik tool
  3. Solid wax
  4. Pigment
  5. Paintbrush
  6. Electric iron
  7. Hot water
  8. Metal container
  9. Paper

Step 1:Prepare canvas bag draw lines

Step 2:Melt solid wax in metal container

Step 3:Put the wax into the batik tool

Step 4:Follow the line on the canvas bag with wax trace

Step 5:Color the canvas bag

Step 6:Let the canvas bag stand until color dry

Step 7:Put paper on canvas bag and use electric iron to melt wax

Step 8:Put canvas bag into hot water and wash off excess wax

Step 9:Dry

Principle of batik is wax cannot be colored when it becomes hard, and wax can be removed when heated.

If you want to dye canvas bag color but need some area in white, you can use wax to cover areas that don’t need to be colored.

From Craftwonders Liji


Though DIY dyeing canvas bags need to prepare color or modeling before coloring, it’s still easy to make .And you will get amazing canvas bag after 24 hours.

Even you are not good at drawings, colors will combine an excellent art bag!

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