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Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

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By Theresa Caney
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Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

Festival season is upon us, and that means it\'s time to rock the practical yet cool backpack look! Fab DIY blogger Gwen has done a great tutorial showing how to give a cheap and cheerful duffel bag some serious fash points...

Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

\"I bought this large canvas duffel bag on Amazon here for just £5.30. But you can use a simple canvas tote bag if you\'d prefer. Firstly, I dyed the whole canvas bag with a packet of Dylon Fabric Dye in French Lavender. Due to the creamy beige colour of the canvas, this came out as a light denim blue sort of shade. I just wanted a nicer background colour than the original cream beige. The canvas also become much softer and easier to manipulate when it had been through the washing machine with some fabric softener - this helps when it comes to tying the rubber bands.\"

Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

\"For this project you will need: Dylon Fabric Hand Dye in Flamingo Pink, table salt, lots of rubber bands, measuring jug, large buckets, gloves and old clothes\"

Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

\"Start by twisting, bunching and pinching your bag in random areas all over. Tie up with rubber bands tightly! Keep going until you have tied up sections all over the bag.\"

Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

\"Fill your jug with warm-hot tap water and pour in the powder dye. Stir well with a spoon until all the powder has dissolved. You should be left with a bright red colour.\"

Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

\"Now fill up a bucket with 4-6 litres of warm-hot tap water. Add 5 tablespoons of salt. Salt helps to open up the fabric and let the dye in! Stir well. Pour in the jug of red dye to the bucket. Stir well and you\'ll have a bright flamingo pink colour! Pop the canvas bag into the dye bath. Be careful to do all this in a prepared area. The dye will stain carpets and furnishing - so do this outside, in a garage or put down lots of protective sheets first. Set your alarm for 45 minutes. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so and turn the bag over so dye reaches all areas. After 45 minutes the dye should have soaked the fabric and be a strong pink colour.\"

Cool Customiser: Tie-Dye Backpack

\"Remove the bag and try to squeeze out as much dye as you can. Pop the bag into a bucket of cool water and rinse off the dye. Remove the rubber bands and you\'ll see the subtle pattern you have created! Chuck the bag into the washing machine on a short cycle. Use a little amount of detergent and softener. Hang outside to dry.\"

\"Have fun tie-dying your own bags - if this is not wild enough for you, you can of course add studs or spikes! I think the finished result is comparable to something I\'d spot on ASOS or in Topshop and have to buy - but this tie-dye bag costs less than £8 to make and its a complete original!\"

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