Sharpie® and Doily Totebag

Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag

We all know that I have a serious love affair with Sharpie’s®, I just can’t help myself!  One of the things I love is what you can do on fabric with the little sticks of luscious color! A little Sharpie® and some alcohol and your fabric will never, ever be the same.

Here is a tote bag I made using:


Doilies (not Grandma’s but the kind you buy in the craft store)

A tote bag

Eye dropper

Needle & Thread or Fabri-Tac

Darice Rhinestone Setter


Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag

Choose plain cotton doilies.

Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag

Color them with your Sharpie® markers.  You might want to use older markers as coloring on the doily will make the tip of your marker pretty rough.

Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag

Color them all!


Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag


Time for the alcohol.  Just regular old rubbing acohol and an eye dropper for this project.


Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag


Slowly drop alcohol on the colored doilies until the color starts to run.


Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag


Too much alcohol might possibly wash the color out too much so just do a few drops at a time.


Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag


Let dry.


Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag


Place the dried doilies on your tote bag in a pleasing arrangement and either sew down with needle and thread or use Fabri-Tac for a quicker finish. (I used Fabri-Tac and it worked just fine!) Go back, after the glue dries if you used it, and add rhinestones with the rhinestone setter.

Sharpie And Doily Tie Dye Tote Bag


Ta-Da!! LOVE IT!

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19 Responses to “Sharpie® and Doily Totebag”

  1. Marsha
    January 7, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Wow, this is so COOL!! Have been looking for an activity to do with my 82 yr young friend who thinks she isn’t creative and this is it!

    • January 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Oh how fun! I hope your friend has a great time making this tote. One can never have too many bags! :)

  2. December 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    LOVE this idea, I want to have an art day and make these with my niece!

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      I’d love to see photos of what you and your niece come up with! :)

  3. December 31, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    Wow, this is lovely, I have some rubbing alcohol that I bought in a spray bottle, I might just try this first and if it doesn’t work, then do the eye dropper. Thanks so much, I really love the look.

    Happy New Year,

  4. December 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    The opportunities with this technique are endless! LOVE!!!

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      I know! I just love that it has so many possibilities and is so easy! :)

  5. December 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi, Vicki – That is absolutely gorgeous! I love the effect on the doilies – really elevates them to something amazing. Thanks for a great tutorial!

    • January 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Michelle! I really appreciate your comment. :)

  6. NMPatricia
    December 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Wonder what would happen if you put the alcohol in a spray bottle and spray them with a very fine mist?

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      Good question! I’m not sure how well the fine mist would work because you have to fairly saturate the area to make the color run. Not too much and not too little. You might be squeezing that spray trigger a lot to get the effect you want.
      The other thing about the eye dropper is that in some areas the color is more intense and in others more washed out. I like the variation. :)
      But hey, I’m always up for experimentation! :)

  7. December 30, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Love it!

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks H!! And thanks for sharing on CRAFT! :)

  8. August 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    nice work!
    I love using them for animation.


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