DIY: Ombré Canvas Zipper Pouch

Hello friends and welcome to another DIY tutorial! I am super psyched about this one because it is pretty easy, and yields (in my opinion) some super cute results. These canvas pouches with funny sayings on them seem to be everywhere these days, and while they are fine as they come, I decided to dress them up and give them a little more flavor. I’ve been wanting to experiment with dye and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! Let’s get to it!

First, gather your supplies. You will need canvas pouches (I scored big time with these, they were in the dollar bin at Michaels!), a hanger with clips on it, a plastic container (this one is the shoe box size), and one packet of Rit dye in the color of your choice. It is also helpful to have a measuring cup and a pitcher if you have them (note that you will be mixing dye in the pitcher so it is not going to be safe for drinks after this!).

Next, clip your pouch in the middle of the hanger.

Then place your pouch in the middle of the plastic container standing up. If you let the hook of the hanger hang over the side of the container, it will help stabilize the pouch and keep it in place.

Now comes the fun part! You should probably follow the directions included with the Rit dye package, however I did not. I mixed about six cups of super hot water with about a third of the packet of dye and stirred it all up (this is where a pitcher comes in handy). The steps I took worked for me and this project, but please follow the official instructions if you are going to be washing your pouch. Once you have the first batch of dye, slowly pour it into the plastic container. Even with the pouch stabilized, you will need to hold onto it as you pour the dyed water in. Let the first round sit for about 12 minutes.

While the first level is sitting, you can start to mix up the next round. Again, take six cups of super hot water and mix it with about a third of the dye package. Once the 12 minutes have elapsed, slowly pour the second batch into the plastic container. Don’t forget to hold on to the pouch while you pour. This round should sit for about eight minutes.

While level two is working, go ahead and mix up the third and final batch of dye. Again, use about six cups of piping hot water and the remaining third of the package of dye. Pour it slowly into the container (really slowly this time since this one will come close to the top). This level will need to sit for about eight minutes.

Once the final level is set, unclip your pouch from the hanger and (you might want gloves for this part) dip the entire pouch fully into the water so the top gets a dash of color. On the teal pouch, I dipped and immediately rinsed, but on the pink I dipped, let it sit for about two minutes, and then rinsed, so you can decide which look you like best.  Rinse in warm water first, and then do a douse of cold water to set the dye.

Lay the pouch out on some layered paper towels and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Then your pouch is all set!

Some tips for this project:

  1. Protect your work surface. If you are working inside your home as I did, make sure your counters are covered. If any dyed water gets on unprotected space, clean it up immediately.
  2. As soon as you finish rinsing out the pouches, wipe down your sink so no colored residue is left behind.
  3. When the pouch is dunked fully in the dyed water, it is going to collect some on the inside. Dump out the pouch in the plastic container before you rinse it in your sink.
  4. As you are working, feel free to check in on the color levels and adjust the times as needed.
  5. If you want to kill two birds with one stone (or dye two pouches with one box of dye) just clip a second pouch behind the first on the hanger. Both will turn out the same color.

I really love how both of these turned out and I think I have been bitten by the ombre bug (took me a while right?). What do you think? Are you still on the ombre train? What should I dye next?

Here are some supplies if you are interested in completing this project yourself (affiliate links):

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