Ombre Dip-Dyed Canvas Tote {DIY}

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Welcome to day 4 of Summer in March! Ombre (that faded from dark to light look) is everywhere…it’s showing up in hair, scarves, bags… I decided to take a stab at making my own dip-dyed ombre tote. This is super cute for a summer beach bag, farmers market bag, or just a “whatever” bag! And it’s fairly easy to make.



Large Bucket or bin
Dye {I used Rit and it worked pretty well}
Canvas Tote



  • First put on your gloves.
  • Follow directions on dye package to prepare. The Rit dye calls for 2 cups of hot water and 1 cup of salt per package. If you want more vibrant colors you can adjust by adding another package of dye. Use the large bucket or bin to hold your dye. 
  • Start by dipping your bag in as far up as you want the dye to go, tie the bag handles to the bucket handle or if the bin is low enough you may be able to just fold it over without it falling all the way in. 


  • Soak the first section for about 15 minutes. My tote was pretty light so it ended up floating to the top…I did 15 minutes and then flipped it over for another 15 minutes.
  • Pull the bag up a little more and let soak for another 15 minutes {on each side, if needed}


  • Continue pulling the bag up as many times as desired. I did it 3 times. I would have liked mine to be a little more vibrant, I think my main problem was that my water wasn’t hot enough so the dye didn’t completely dissolve in the water.


  • Once the color is how you want it, rinse the bag with cold water. Note that it will dry lighter than when it’s wet. I think next time I would have added more dye or soaked it even longer to get it brighter. 
  • Let air dry. I ended up washing on cold and drying in the my washer/dryer. 


And there you go, it’s definitely not perfect, but that gives it character, right? It’s the perfect little tote for all your summer activities! Let me know how yours turn out!

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