Rit Color Perfect Lattice Ombre Garden Tote Bag

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by Dianne Giancola, Rit

Rit Color Perfect Lattice Ombre Garden Tote Bag

Add a fun ombre pattern to any plain tote bag. Use this stenciling technique on fabric and most types of wood.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include neither the drying time for the dye nor the washing 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 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 lace on bag and press down firmly.
  • 8
    To keep handles White, cover bag handles with manilla file folder; secure with tape.
  • 9
    Shake dye bottles before using. Dye is ready to use right out of the bottle. Remove cap from Astro Turf Green 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 cardstock and to the edges of the bag. Dab up excess dye on lace with paper towels.
  • 11
    Remove cap from Astro Turf Green dye bottle. Dip dauber that comes with the dye kit into the dye; then dab on paper towels to remove excess dye. Use dauber to brush Astro Turf Green dye across bottom third of bag from one side to the other side.
  • 12
    Then attach the dauber to the Enamel Blue bottle. Shake dye bottle; then unscrew dauber and dab excess dye on paper towels. Then brush Enamel Blue dye across middle third of bag from one side to the other side. Leave top third of bag as it is. This will be the lightest shade of Blue.
  • 13
    To improve color retention and to help keep the handles White, spray dye fixative liberally over cardstock design and bag. Do not remove cardstock during this time. Let set for 20 minutes.
  • 14
    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.
  • 15
    Hold 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