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DIY Fashion Tote with Ombre Tassels and Pom Poms

This DIY canvas tote bag design features a tutorial for how to dye yarn!

By: Lynn Lilly from
DIY Fashion Tote with Ombre Tassels and Pom Poms
DIY Fashion Tote with Ombre Tassels and Pom Poms
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Learn how to dye yarn and make an awesome tote bag in the process! This adorable tutorial for making your own DIY canvas tote bag design is so chic. You don't need to know how to sew, knit, or crochet to make this project. All you need is some fabric glue, scrap fabric, yarn, and a few other materials to make all the adorable embellishments to complete this project. Pom poms and tassels add so much to this tote design, and the little yarn lining is a fabulous finishing touch! If you're looking for a darling new bag pattern, be sure to work up this project.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueNo Sew Project


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • White Canvas Tote
  • Assortment of colorful yarn
  • White Yarn
  • Fabric Dye
  • Salt 
  • Fabri-Tac Glue
  • Scrap of Fabric
  • Clover Pom Pom Maker
  • Scissor


Directions for Ombre Dying

  1. Wrap bundles of yarn to the desired thickness of your tassels. 

  2. Fill a tray with cool water and salt. Submerge yarn in the salt bath and soak for 20 minutes. 

  3. After 20 minutes, remove bundles of yarn and ring out all the excess water. 

  4. Prepare dye by filling three cups with 8 ounces of water. Add 1 tablespoon of dye to cup 1, 2 tablespoons of dye to cup 2, 3 tablespoons of dye to cup three and mix. 

  5. Dip each bundle of yarn one time in each cup one time. 

  6. Lay yarn outside to dry in the sun or in a very dry room in your home. The yarn can dry in a few hours outdoors in direct sunlight or take up to 48 hours indoors. 

Directions for Making Tassels and Pom Poms

  1. Take the bundles of dyed yarn, unwind and re-wrap to the length and thickness you would like the tassel. Before wrapping cut 2 6 inches pieces from the bundle. An easy hack for neat wrapping is to wrap yarn around a rectangular cleaning bottle. 

  2. Take one 6 inch piece and glue it ⅛ inch of of the distance from one end. Wrap the yarn around the bundle and secure the end with glue. 

  3. Take the second 6 inch piece and pull it through the top loop you just created by wrapping in step 2 and tie a knot.

  4. Cut the bottom of the bundle to complete the tassel. 

  5. Using the Clover Pom Pom Maker create multiple size pom poms. When you secure the middle of the pom pom leave the secure yarn extra long. See package instructions for using the pom pom maker. 

  6. Take 2 pieces of 3 different colors of yarn and braid. Leave the ends pieces long. Create another matching braid.

  7. Tie the pom poms and tassels to ends of each braid. 

Directions for Designing the Bag

  1. Cut a scrap piece of fabric to create a pocket. Use Fabri-Tac to attach three sides to the bag, leaving the top side open.. Trim with yarn to high unfinished seams. 

  2. Use yarn and Fabri-tac add add a trim around the edges of the bag and handles. 

  3. Last but not least drape each braid over the handles! 

What color will you dye your yarn to make tassels and pom poms?

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