Sewing is spectacular but I have a serious love for surface design. Lumi Inkodye makes a light sensitive dye that lets you print images on fabric with anything that casts a dark shadow! I made a sewing tote and printed my sewing supplies on the fabric. This project might look fancy but can be done in a couple of hours with minimal mess and clean-up!
Here are all of the goodies that came in our Lumi DIY Printing Kit:
You will need to collect a few other supplies, too.
– Two 18 inch squares of cotton canvas (I used scraps of drop cloth)
– 1/2 yard of lining fabric, cut into two 18 inch squares
– Two 24 inch pieces of cotton webbing for handles
– Painter’s tape
– Whatever objects or sewing supplies you want to print on your fabric.
Prep and Put Together
Set up your work station in a sunny window. Lay your composition out on your fabric to get an idea of how you would like your image to look. I took a picture so I would remember the layout.
Mask off a border for your print with masking tape. I used a ruler to keep things even with the edge. Remove your objects from the canvas.
Close the blinds and turn off the lights. The room should be dim but does not have to be dark.
Screw the inkocap onto your bottle of dye.
Coat your fabric with Inkodye and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Your fabric should not have puddles of dyes. It should just be damp.
Arrange your objects on top of the coated fabric. Open the blinds and expose to sunlight for 10-20 minutes or until your color fully develops.
Remove your objects and immediately wash your print with Inkowash. Dry, press, and you have a custom printed panel for your tote bag!
Assemble your tote with the method of your choice. I made a 17 inch tote with a 2 inch wide box bottom. I spaced my handles 6 inches apart (3 inches from the center of the bag).
Enjoy your tote! Oh, the possibilities for this product!
Want to make something with Lumi Inkodye? Leave a comment telling us what you would like to make and we’ll give away a kit! We’ll keep the giveaway open through midnight EST on Sunday, 8/24, and then we’ll announce the winner on Monday!
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