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Indigo DIY

Add some color to your favorite Maptote with this fun Indigo Dye DIY! It’s the perfect way to re-vamp your old totes and give new life to your beloved totes. Here at the Maptote offices, we took this opportunity to use up some of our samples and slightly damaged merchandise (so do note that some of these map designs are not available for sale!). We chatted with our friends over at Apprvl to get the inside scoop on best dye practices! Read on for a step by step tutorial using Apprvl’s At- Home Indigo Dye Kit.


Apprvl At-Home Indigo Kit

Medium Sized Bucket

Large Bucket or Container

100% Cotton Totes, Onesies, natural pouches, etc

Light Detergent or Dish Soap

Binder clips, twine, extra rubber-bands (optional)


Step 1: Empty indigo, thiox and soda ash packets from kit into your medium sized bucket filled with warm water and stir slowly. Cover with a lid or plastic for about 20 minutes.

Step 2: Fill the large container with warm water and few drops of a light detergent (we used Myer’s Dish Soap). Soak your totes for about 20 minutes, squeeze out excess water, so you are ready to fold!

Step 3: There are many traditional shibori pattern techniques. When you purchase Apprvl’s kit you will get exclusive access to some of her top secret tips and tricks. We experimented with folding and dipping techniques here at Maptote. Folding the fabrics in an accordion style will give you grid-like patterns. While scrunching and twisting will give you a more abstract tie-dye effect. But most importantly be creative and have fun!

Step 4: Use the rubber bands, wood blocks, string, and binder clips to clamp your fabric together and create resist patterns. The kit comes with some supplies, but we added some more rubber-bands, twine and binder clips to the mix.

Step 5: We are ready to dip and dye! First, uncover your bucket of indigo. You will find that a bubbly film has formed (it might even be a little smelly!) But that’s all good! With your gloves on dip your bundled products into the dye bath. Gently move them around beneath the surface. You can submerge them from 30 seconds to a few minutes, the longer they are in the dye the darker it will be.

Step 6: We kept some totes un-bound and just dipped the edges to create a dip dye/ombre pattern. To do this hold your tote by the handles and gently dip the edge into the dye bath for 30 seconds, pull out and continue to do a few times. Each time dunk the tote little farther into the dye. 

Step 7: After your bundles have been submerged in the dye bath, take them out and let them rest on a tarp or table. You will see that they are bright yellow and green! It will take about 20 minutes for the dye to oxidize and turn to that beautiful deep blue. 

Step 8: After the bundles have oxidized, it is now time to rinse and wash. Rinse and wring until the products run clear. You can use a light detergent, if wanted.

Step 9: Hang to dry and tote around! Please note there will be some shrinkage on our 100% USA Made cotton totes. Your fabrics may also dry a bit wrinkly. But no worries, they will bounce back to their size after ironing! Using the steam setting on the iron flip your totes to the backside or inside-out and work that iron (do not iron over ink, as it may bleed)! Enjoy!

Be sure to comment below or tag us on Instagram @Maptote if you dye your Maptotes! We would love to see all your creations.

Posted on March 14th, 2019 by Maptote

Custom Wedding Tote Bags

Recently engaged? Looking for the perfect favors for your big day? Let us help! Personalize our existing maps with your initials and wedding date, and even add special locations and icons! Don’t see a map of your wedding location? Work with our designers to create a new design – just for you!

Fill our custom totes with your favorite goodies and local delicacies for a personal and memorable welcome bag! Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out our custom wedding designs for inspiration and request a quote today!

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Maptote

#Maptote On Your Shelves

A big part of our business is wholesale, so we also love seeing the shops we sell to stock Maptote on their shelves. We are thrilled to be in your store, and love seeing all the creative ways to merchandize Maptote!

Need to restock? Or looking to carry Maptote in your store? Get in touch with us at wholesale@maptote.com

Posted on March 6th, 2019 by Maptote

#Maptote In The Wild

We are thrilled to be apart of your everyday adventures, and love seeing where in the world you take us! Keep tagging us in your photos and use #maptote for a chance to be featured on our feed, blog or next email!

Follow us on Instagram @Maptote to be the first to know about new products, events, giveaways, and see a behind the scenes look at Maptote. Planning your next getaway or just need a new tote? Be sure to check out the over 75 locations we offer!

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Maptote

Team Maptote’s Top Picks

Rachel and Michael founded Maptote in 2006 when they made their first tote with a map of Brooklyn on it. Since then our product line has grown to include everything from home goods to accessories! Check out the team’s most beloved products and how we use them. 

Posted on February 28th, 2019 by Maptote

Maptote Custom Collections

Create a custom collection with us! Work with our designers to personalize your design with icons and places special to your town or business. Customize any of our products to create an exclusive collection. And don’t forget to check out more Maptote blog posts and Pinterest for more inspiration! 

Our classic maps make the best gifts or souvenirs! Work with us start to finish to create a map of your town, city or state, including symbols and landmarks special to your locale. You can even include your logo for an extra personal touch!

Make a bold statement with a font design! With bright text and unique icons, these eye-catching and versatile designs can be applied to many of our products that are sure to stand out in your shop!

Frame the greatest things about your town or business! Highlight standout cuisine, landmarks, or icons in a design that locals and visitors alike are sure to love!

Read more about the custom process here.

Ready to get started? Have something special in mind? Contact us at custom@maptote.com for a quote!

Posted on February 27th, 2019 by Maptote

New York Transit Museum Collection

As New Yorkers we were super excited to create this collection of New York inspired products for the NY Transit Museum. Graphics of subway fares adorn the bandana, and train cars illustrated on the wine totes make for a unique graphic while traveling downtown to your favorite BYOB spot. Even the littlest rider can show their love for the subway system with these exclusive font baby one-piece. You can find these in Downtown Brooklyn at the museum shop.

Posted on February 27th, 2019 by Maptote

Stay Cozy this winter with Maptote Candles!

Winter weather got you down? Warm up with our new candles! Snuggle up with a good book and choose one of our fresh scents this winter to transport yourself to a sunny California beach or comfy New York City lounge. Can’t decide? Check out our guide below to help find your new favorite candle!

Posted on February 19th, 2019 by Maptote

American Museum of Natural History Collection

Ready for A Night at the Museum? Not without our collection for the American Museum of Natural History! Our recent collaboration with the museum includes totes, bandanas, pouches, and so much more! Featuring the iconic building and classic symbols that can be found exhibited at the museum. It’s a must-have for any avid museum-goer!

Posted on January 24th, 2019 by Maptote

NYU Collection

Our most recent collaboration with NYU included an expansion of products featuring our small tray and wine totes, available in natural and black! With the new semester about to start, make sure you’re ready to rep your school or alma mater with this collection available only at the NYU Bookstore!

Posted on January 24th, 2019 by Maptote