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Shibori Dyed Treat Bags

Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

October 14, 2017

Project Description

You could make these treat bags any time of year, for birthdays, weddings, or any other party/event. And the process would work just the same for larger bags (like totes, pouches, etc) if you want to skip the party stuff all together. Bonus! You’ll only need three supplies for this project! Rubber bands, fabric dye, and the muslin bags themselves. Doesn’t get much easier. This project is courtesy of Paper & Stitch. Find her at www.papernstitchblog.com.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

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You'll Also Need

  •   Cotton 5x7 Muslin Bags

  •   rubber bands

Step By Step

  1. Gather supplies.

  2. Pre-wash bags with detergent, rinse and leave wet.

  3. Scrunch up and/or fold the bags in various ways and wrap rubber bands around them, as shown. The end pattern will depend on the placement of the rubber bands and the way the bags are scrunched or folded.

  4. Add the dye to hot water. The dye to water ratio depends on the weight of the bags you are using. Follow instructions on packaging. Stir well. Test dye color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.

  5. Add 1 cup of salt to dyebath (this helps to intensify the color). Add a squirt of liquid dish detergent. Stir well.

  6. Immerse fabric bundle into the dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the bundle in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the bound-up part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the square set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.

  7. When desired color is achieved, remove the fabric bundle from the dyebath. Squeeze out excess dye. Do not remove rubber bands.

  8. To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. Add four tablespoons of ColorStay Dye Fixative to there gallons of hot water. Stir well. Place dyed fabric bundle into the bath. Stir on and off for 20 minutes.

  9. Rinse fabric in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear. Carefully remove rubber bands; unfold the fabric. Wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent by hand or in your washing machine with an old towel, rinse and dry.

  10. Enjoy!




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