4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

Last Updated on August 21, 2020 by Maria Brittis

If you like the look of tie-dye fabric check out 4 easy steps on how to make a hand-dyed shibori pillow cover.

By now most of you know how much I love making pillows. I thought it be fun and different to tie-dye pillowcase and creates a Shibori design. If you are not familiar with this process. It’s a Japanese dying technique involved by folding twisting, bunching material, and then binding it. Then you dye it with indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye. This process of resistance creates a pattern. Shibori has so many ways you can create patterns. Because I am new at this I just stuck with two designs. One with squares and the other with circles.

What You Will Need!

  • The indigo dyeing kit (dye, wood blocks, rubber bands, and rubber gloves)
  • Old pillow cover or sheets (cotton, hemp, linen)
  • 2 containers(one for dyeing and the other to rinse)

fabric for shibori technique:  4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

Creating The Designs:

  1. To make a square design: Take the fabric or pillowcase and fold it into a square. Add one wooden square on the front and the other on the back. Fold sides of material over the wood and bind with 4 elastic rubber bands. To make the circle design: Don’t use the wooden blocks and tie a rubber band on each end of the folded fabric.

creating the design by tieing:  4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

The Shibori Dyeing Process

2. Start by mixing the indigo dye according to the directions. Indigo is affected by oxygen, so keep the container covered as much as you can. You will need to fold and bind your fabric. Once you fold the fabric its time to dye. First, soak the folded and bound fabric into water. Squeeze out the water and dunk into the dye. After submerging it you have to hold the fabric under the surface with your hands or use weights for 10 minutes.


3. Here is the cool part, when you remove the fabric it’s yellow and green. When left in the air it starts oxidizing and turning blue like magic. It takes 20 minutes to oxidize. Rinse well and unbind the fabric. Let the fabric dry!

tying the fabric to create design:  4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

Drying the fabric

4. Let air dry on a rack or hang on a tree to dry. Once it has dried you can iron and use them.

drying the pillow cases:  4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

tie dyed pillow case:  4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

I am love with Shibori and plan to make more projects with indigo. Will you be creating your own Shibori Design. Let me know if you like 4 Easy Steps On How To Make A Hand-Dyed Shibori Pillow Cover.

For similar posts: How to make shibori design sundress.


  1. Maria, these are beautiful!!! I have been wanting to give this method a whirl and you have definitely encouraged me. Enjoy your weekend.

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. Thanks so much for visiting. How did you see my post is it through my newsletter or you just saw it on FB, trying to see how readers see my stuff. thanks Maria

  2. Oh, how I love this! I’m going to tackle one of these soon. Looks like fun too! I love the color you chose! Just beautiful.

  3. Hi Maria! I found your post through the Family Joy Blog Link-up. I love shibori and enjoyed your tutorial! Hoping to incorporate something like this in my own home soon!

    1. Hope you do this project, love to see it, if you do make sure you wear gloves and take your time. it can be messy! 🙂 Contact me if you have any questions.

  4. Oh I love these!!! I was thinking of doing something like this!
Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week! Pinned & Sharing on FB!

    1. Kim, Hope you get to experience this fun project, it can be detail in its process, but the results are amazing.

  5. The photograph of the cushion on the chair with the gorgeous shutters open is stunning Marie. I have never seen real shutters in a home, much less used. Your home is so pretty I enjoy getting a peek into it.

    You never have enough cushions that’s my motto and these one of a kind cushions in indigo blue are perfect for summer.

    1. Thanks Leanna, love that name, every time you stop by I think of my daughter! Thats her name, I think I told you. Glad you like the Project with Dye.

  6. I’ve wanted to try this technique out for some time, it’s such a pretty crisp look.

    1. Its ton of fun, but you need to make sure you wear gloves because it can get messy.

  7. I absolutely must try this! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Love your pillows. You make it look so easy. I need to try this.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

  9. Absolutely love this project and what a great color choice! Pinned
    Thank you for sharing at the Creative Muster. Robin | Fluster Buster

  10. Very cool! Thanks for sharing the process.

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