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« on: June 14, 2008 02:12:54 PM »

I want to make a decorated canvas bag.  The bag is one of those premade ones you get at a craft store.  It's the right size, but it's white with white webbing straps.  The idea I have in mind would go better with a more tan/beige/natural color, or maybe a light blue.

These are the thoughts I have:

--Rit dye

--Tea/coffee dye

--sponging on diluted fabric paint to "tint" the bag to the right color

--non Fabrico stamp pad ink in light browns to color the bag (but don't know how stamp ink not specifically meant for fabrics will take)

Any recommendations/anti-recommendations?  I'd rather do this without going out and buying still more supplies, and these are the possibilities I have on hand.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2008 07:26:56 PM »

Rit dye - too messy. Using tea won't be very strong & will wash out. What I suggest is what I do - make fabric paint. Go & find some acrylic paint (cheap) in the color you want, the kind in the 2 oz. bottle & a snap top. Also look for some textile medium (cheap), most paints have that as and accessory you can buy. Using a 20 oz. soda bottle, empty both the paint & the textile medium in this bottle - I usually put water in the bottles & shake it up to get everything out, then fill the bottle till full. Shake it up, go & buy some cheapie containers from the thrift store (if you don't have any already) & you can either dunk it in or brush on where ever you want color. It works like a charm & you can make dyed fabric w/this. Have fun!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008 06:43:29 AM »

Great recommendation, thanks!  The Rit/Tea feedback is exactly what I was looking for since I have no experience with dying fabric at all (I've tea/coffee dyed paper but that's a totally different beast).

Am I mixing any water with this or just the paint and textile medium?

Thanks again, I'm looking forward to trying it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2008 08:11:44 AM »

You're going to empty both paint & tex med into a 20 oz. pepsi or coke bottle then fill the rest of the way w/water. I put water into the emptied paint & tex med bottle & shake to get everything out. Shake the 20 oz.bottle filled w/paint & tex med & have at it. You can make neat tie dyed fabric by using a small eye dropper & applying paint to specific spots. It is so easy & you'll have so much fun.  You can also do things like you would w/traditional dyes like use salt to create interesting effects. My Etsy shop has some hand dyed stuff you can see for samples.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2008 10:20:22 AM »

Thanks!  Is there anything I need to do afterwards to set the color?  Hopefully this won't be a bag that will see a lot of laundering because its going to have felt applique that won't hold up to much washing.  At most it will be handwashed very occasionally I would think.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2008 03:02:58 PM »

Being that it's canvas, after it dries, I would put it in the dryer - maybe for 1/2 hour. Then it should be good to go. Let me know if you need any help after you get started, I'll be glad to help.
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