DIY Fashion Fix: How to tie dye a bag like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus

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Tie dye is back. Time to get crafty with a canvas bag and some Dylon to create your own unique summer look.

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Proof that fashion always comes full circle, tie dye is back on the style agenda.

Seen on the likes of Laura Whitmore (above), Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, the psychadelic 70s trend has made a comeback for summer.

T-shirts, caps, shorts, the marbled fashion look is everywhere. But if you are not quite brave enough to go all Katy Perry on the look, why not start small and tie dye your own bag?

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A great trend to embrace on the cheap because you can do it yourself, it also means it will be completely unique to you.

It's simple, fun, messy and very hard to tell if you've gone wrong. Everything we like in a craft project.

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© Instagram / Miley Cyrus

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Here Dylon give a fool proof guide to getting it right.

What you'll need to tie dye a bag


  • Dylon Hand Dye sachets (1 sachet dyes up to 250g fabric). Remember that colour rules apply i.e. blue dye on red fabric will make purple.

  • 500ml warm water

  • A big plastic bowl or sink

  • Rubber gloves

  • Plastic bag

  • Elastic bands

  • You will need a squeezy bottle for each colour you're using.

  • Also, rather obviously, you will need a bag. Converse's white duffel bag, (£28, Schuh.com) works a treat.


Step 1: Preparation for tie dye


Wash the bag and leave it damp. Prepare the fabric depending on what pattern you want on it. For example, using elastic bands to create bunches of fabric.

Wearing rubber gloves, dissolve the dye in 500ml warm water. Put dye solution into a squeezy bottle.

Step 2: How to tie dye your fabric


Place the bag in an empty bowl or sink. Apply the dye direct the fabric area you want from the squeezy bottle.

Once you're done, put the bag in a plastic bag, seal and leave overnight.

Step 3: Finishing off the tie dye


Without untying the elastic bands, rinse the fabric under cold water until the water runs clear.

Then untie, and wash with warm water. Dry away from direct heat and sunlight. Finished!

Remember: To wash the bag separately for the first few times to remove any excess dye.

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