Rit Color Perfect Flower Garden Tote Bag

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by Dianne Giancola, Rit

Rit Color Perfect Flower Garden Tote Bag

Turn a plain tote bag into a colorful, patterned fashion accessory by using cardstock as a stencil. The secret is using a spray adhesive to hold the lace tightly to the fabric before applying the dyes. This stenciling technique can be applied to any fabric that can be used with Rit dye and often works well on wood too.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include the time for washing or drying of the tote near the end of this project.
  • 2
    Cover work surface with a plastic table cover.
  • 3
    Cut cardboard or freezer paper to fit inside bag. This will prevent dye from bleeding through to the other side.
  • 4
    Insert cardboard or paper into bag.
  • 5
    Use cardstock as a stencil.
  • 6
    Lay this cardstock, underside up, on paper towels. Apply spray adhesive following manufacturer's directions. Discard sticky paper towels.
  • 7
    Place tote bag on fresh paper towels. Position cardstock on bag and press down firmly.
  • 8
    To keep handles of the bag White, cover bag handles with manilla file folder that is secured with tape.
  • 9
    Shake dye bottles before using. Dye is ready to use right out of the bottle. Remove cap from Astro Turf Green dye and screw on spray tip tightly. Test-spray dye on paper towels before spraying bag.
  • 10
    Spray Astro Turf Green dye lightly over the lace card stock and to the edges of the bag. Dab up excess dye on lace with paper towels.
  • 11
    Remove cap from Enamel Blue dye bottle. Dip dauber that comes with the kit into the dye; then dab on paper towels to remove excess dye. Use dauber to apply Enamel Blue dye to center of flowers and leaves.
  • 12
    To improve color retention and to help keep the White handles White, spray dye fixative liberally over cardstock design and bag. Do not remove cardstock during this time. Let set for 20 minutes.
  • 13
    Remove cardstock. Wrap bag in plastic wrap, sealing outer edges. Place wrapped bag in microwave and heat on high for 30 seconds. If there is no scorching, heat again for 30 seconds. Carefully remove plastic (it will be hot). Let dry completely. Heat helps to intensify the dye colors.
  • 14
    Hold the bag from the handles and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear. Then launder in warm soapy water, rinse and dry flat on an old towel.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Astro Turf Green 104795543
  • Rit Color Perfect Fun and Easy Dye Kit Enamel Blue 104795541
  • Rit Color Perfect Stay Dye Fixative 104795549
  • Nicole™ Crafts Cotton Tote Bag White 14 inch x 13 inch x 3 inch 104763961
  • 12 inch x 12 inch Patterned Cardstock with Holes (to act as a Stencil)
  • Elmer's CraftBond Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive 11 oz. 104148280
  • Cardboard or Freezer Paper
  • Manilla Envelope
  • 3M 1/2 inch x 450 inch Scotch Tape 104148438
  • Latex Gloves
  • Microwave
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Scissors