Groovy Gear Backpack
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Groovy Gear Backpack

Drawstring backpacks are perfect for when you’re on the go. Make yours unique by adding bright, bold colors of tie-dye in a classic rainbow design!
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • ArtMinds™ “Block Party” Tie Dye Kit
  • Cotton Backpack – White
  • Disposable Plastic Table Cover
  • Chalk Pencil
  • Zip Ties
  • Pastry Cooling Rack, Large

Project Instructions

Step 1 Wash backpack and do not dry. Cover work surface with plastic table cover.

Step 2 Lay damp backpack out flat on covered work surface.

Step 3 Use chalk pencil to draw a half circle along top corner of backpack.

Step 4 Begin pleating your backpack at this chalk line, easing the fabric into a straight line along your chalk line as you pleat. Tie tightly with a zip tie.

Step 5 Repeat pleating and zip tying four more times after this first zip tie. Your pack should now be tied into six sections.

Step 6 Mix dyes according to package instructions. Lay tied pack onto pastry cooling rack.

Step 7 Apply yellow dye to first section of pack, keeping dye approximately ½" from zip tie.

Step 8 Apply green dye to second section, turquoise dye to third section, blue dye to fourth section, purple dye to fifth section, and red dye to last section, keeping dyes approximately ½" away from zip ties.

Step 9 Allow backpack to set 6-8 hours.

Step 10 Rinse pack under cold running water to remove excess dye.

Step 11 Remove zip ties and wash and dry backpack according to package instructions.


Placing a tied backpack on a pastry cooling rack while dyeing helps minimize color bleeding.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Lauri Eaton, courtesy of iLoveToCreate®.