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Ombre Dyed Tee Shirt Tote Bag

Get the look you love with this Ombre Dyed Tee Shirt Tote Bag from Savannah Starr.  Made from an old tee shirt, this t-shirt tote bag pattern is a great project to make for a craft night or a girl scout meeting.  Personalize it to be any colors you'd like!

ombre tote bag


  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Liquid die
  • Salt
  • Peel and stick tape



  1. Take a pair of scissors and cut the neck of the shirt into a V shape.
  2. Cut off both sleeves and a little bit past the sleeves for bigger straps.
  3. Fill the bucket with hot water.
  4. Take a small plastic bag and rubber bands and place over the part of the shirt that you do not want to get the dye on ( for the ombre affect).
  5. Use gloves before dying the shirt.
  6. Take 1 cup of salt and pour into bucket.
  7. Take your dye and pour half of the bottle into the bucket.
  8. Stir until mixed well.
  9. Take the shirt and dip it into the bucket of dye up to the plastic bag.
  10. Let it sit in the dye for 15 minutes.
  11. Take a section of the shirt and pull it out of the dye, leaving 8”to 10”  of the bottom of the shirt still in the bucket of dye.
  12. Pour the rest of the dye into the bucket.
  13. Stir until mixed well.
  14. Let it sit in the dye for 15 minutes.
  15. Rinse the shirt and hang to dry over night.
  16. Take the shirt and turn it inside out.
  17. Apply the peel and stick tape and place at the bottom hem of the shirt.
  18. Take another piece and place it right above fist strip.
  19. Peel off the paper backing to reveal sticky side.
  20. Start at the corner of the t-shirt and place the top edge onto the bottom.
  21. Smooth it out.
  22. Turn the shirt inside out.


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This looks like a really fun project! A great inspiration for learning how to dye your t shirt,Manichaeism is a project in itself. From the instructions, it seems that you would use adhesive strips to close the bottom hem to create the tote. I think it would be sturdier and just as easy, to sew the bottom hem shut to create the bottom of the tote and cut strips from the top to create the straps. Would make a nice overnight sleepover bag for kids!

Argggh, darn goofy autocorrect kicks in after I hit submit!! Meant to say, great inspiration for learning to dye your t-shirt, which is a project in itself! Goofy silly auto correct!!!!

how do you Make the shirt????????????????????pattern????


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