DIY Tutorial – Personalized Bags w Inkodye Photo Transfer

Painting, Photography, Sewing Patterns

:: how to create photo transfers onto fabric to create personalized bags ::

Never heard of Inkodye? Me neither. But I discovered that Inkodye is one of the simplest way to permanently print fabric, and I sure love that. It is a permanent, water-based fabric dye that’s activated by the sun. When dyed areas are exposed to sunlight, they turn bright colors. Meanwhile, the unexposed areas of your print remain unchanged.


Fun hey?!!


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How to use this dye for craft projects? "Well, it’s easy to make shadow prints on dyed surfaces by blocking light with placed objects — leaves, doilies, and safety pins work well. " explains Jessica from How About Orange.


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You can also use photo negatives to create photographic prints, and that’s the project shown here. This is what you’ll need:

  1. Jessica used this blue Inkodye to make her personalized bags. There are also other colors however.
  2. Canvas, but just simple cotton fabric of any kind will do.
  3. A high-contrast digital photo that’s rather bold.
  4. Printable inkjet transparency film and an Inkjet printer
  5. Foam brush is ideal but any brush or roller will do

Some general household supplies, such as a small cup, a portable waterproof work surface such as a plastic tray or, as Jessica suggests a cardboard wrapped with a plastic trash bag works well; some tape to tape the canvas down to the surface, a paper towel for blothing excess dye, water, fabric detergent. Last but not least, and we’ll have plenty of it this summer, you’ll need SUNLIGHT.


How to Make Your Own Personalized Bags or Pouches w Inkodye

A. For the detailed tutorial on how to use Inkodye, hop over to Jessica’s tutorial, which is here +

B. Here are detailed zippered toiletry bags | pouch patterns.

Image credit: Jessica, from How about Orange




Personalization, Stamping, Inking or Dying techniques

Here are several other stamping, inking, dying and other personalization techniques we’ve featured over the years.  These first two projects you can do without having to buy any craft supplies, and are really simple fun afternoon kind of projects.

1. How to dye with bleach (project: really cool napkins with 4th of July fireworks design)
2. This plain chair was re-upholstered with a personalized equestrian design using simply photocopies as image transfers.  Marvelously easy.  (Cool crafts for kids).

On the other end of the spectrum of ‘spectacular-ness’ (ha, ha) and being ‘involved’, you  may like your hand at making your own stunning suzani rugs.

This article on Suzani Rugs feature a complex design that is made simple by overlaying stencils.

Really cool and actually quite easy. But like making quilts, it is time consuming. And worth it!

Want More ..??!!

Explore the stenciling, stamping & dying – section or the painting – section of our site for a wild range of related projects and techniques.