During college, I crammed as many textile classes, including shibori, into my fine arts schedule as I could possibly fit. Lately, I’ve really loved this trend and thought it would be fun to create a DIY post.
I styled this corner seat with my newly made shibori cushions and it feels much better suited for spring and summer. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a rainy day here reading?
Believe it or not, these pillows were really easy to make! This is what you’ll need to get started…
2 bottles of Rit Dye (in colors navy and denim)
White Fabric (cushion covers, tea towels, throws, etc.)
Water, boiling temperature
Bucket or container
Items for binding (rubber bands, clothes pins, blocks, PVC pipe, etc)
Large Spoon, for stirring and mixing
Step 1 // Before beginning this project, wash anything you’d like to dye. Once you’re ready to begin, soak the fabric in warm water for about 10 minutes. Different fabrics take the dye differently, but natural fibers works best (wool, cotton, linen, etc.)
If you’re looking for white products to dye, I purchased everything from H&M because it’s inexpensive and if something doesn’t turn out, no harm done! The following would be perfect: linen fringe cushion cover, linen pillowcase, linen bed pillow cover, cotton pillowcase, linen tea towel, cotton tablecloth, linen napkin, or a white laundry hamper.
Step 2 // Fold the fabric anyway you’d like, using objects to bind each piece. This creates a resist that dye isn’t able to penetrate. There’s really no specific method for doing this… it’s like one big experiment. Here are seven ways I bound the fabric:
Step 3 // Boil the water and mix the dye according to instructions on the back of the bottle; your fabric weight will influence the amount used. I used 1 full bottle of denim and 1/2 bottle of navy. Add a generous amount of salt (about 1 cup), stir, and gently add your fabric to the dye bath. Ten minutes later, add 1/2 cup of vinegar, making sure to mix well. Let the fabric sit in the dye for around 1 hour, agitating every 10-15 minutes.
Step 4 // Rinse the fabric in warm water first, followed by cold water until the water runs clear. Hang to dry overnight. Once your shibori pieces are dry, you can wash them together on a cold, delicate cycle with regular detergent. I tumbled mine dry on extra low. That’s all there is to it!
Hand-made shibori pieces make great hostess gifts, home decor, and help transition your home for spring and summer. Are you guys going to try this DIY?