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)
Creating The Designs:
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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