Summer Decorating Ideas

Make an Indigo-Dyed Market Tote

Hit the farmers’ market in style with a cool, custom tote. These indigo-dyed tote bags make for endless possibilities of pattern and style, so grab your materials and make one for everybody you know!

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Materials Needed:

  • plain canvas tote bags
  • indigo dye kit
  • aluminum foil
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • stirring stick
  • waterproof drop cloth

Prep the Materials

Spread a dropcloth over your work area (cutting open a plastic trash bag works perfectly.) Fill the bucket with about 4 gallons of warm water. Put on rubber gloves (your kit should include them.)

Mix the Dye

Begin by slowly emptying the contents of the dye packet into the water and stirring gently. Once thoroughly mixed, empty the accompanying packets of reducing agent while continuing to stir. (Note: each dye kit may have slightly differing instructions. Be sure to read your kit’s instructions thoroughly.) Stir slowly and gently in one direction until fully dissolved.

Let It Sit

Over the bucket with foil and let the dye sit for approximately an hour. Covering is important to avoid oxidization.

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