We’re tryna be a little better at how much plastic we use, so we decided to dye some old Sun Bum canvas bags during work. We’re all about  DIY these days.

#ReduceReuseRecylce

This week’s DIY project is INDIGO DYED BAGS (the gateway drug to DIY projects)

If ya wanna try it out, bellow is dumbie proof  How To Indigo Dye,
or for something quick & easy check out our
5 Steps To Indigo Dye

HOW TO INDIGO DYE 

You’ll Need

indigo dye kit
natural fiber clothing or fabric
two 5 gallon bucket
rubber bands
a long wooden stick
a drop cloth
rubber gloves
scissors

1. SET DYE 

  • Follow the specific dye kit instructions. For this kit, start by FILLING your 5-gallon bucket with 4 gallons of warm water + POUR the indigo dye powder into the bucket. STIR in a circular motion.
  • THEN pour in the soda ash + reduction agent. Stir again in a circular motion and then in reverse.

*It is important not to oxidize the dye bath so keeping it covered and stirring it gently is recommended.*

 

2. CHILL DYE 

  • Once the dyed is well mixed, let it CHILL for 30.

 

3. TWIST & SHOUT 

  • While your dye is CHILLIN’ get what your bags ready.

  • TWIST or FOLD your stuff then RUBBERBAND it up.

4. CHECK DYE

  •  When you check on the dye, you’ll notice a FOAMY top layer + neon yellow-greenish LIQUID below. If you’ve got foam & neon green, dye is good to go!

 

5. SOAK + MASSAGE

  • GLOVE UP so your hands don’t get dyed.
  • SOAK the fabric in another bucket of clean water. SQUEEZE out all the water before throwing ’em in the indigo dye bath. Gently MASSAGE the dye into the fabric.

* Again, try not to agitate the dye by working gently under the surface of the dye.* 

  • WAIT 2-3 minutes take to your stuff out of the dye. It will have a green hue but after several minutes, as it is exposed to oxygen, it will turn dark blue.

* Repeat for darker hue* 

 

6. BAKE ‘EM IN THE SUN

  • BAKE your new indigo stuff overnight.

 

 7. HANG DRY + ENJOY 

 X, SB

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