How to Create a Stylish Shibori Dyed Sundress

Today I am showing you how to create a stylish shibori dyed sundress from for an old favorite dress that I no longer can wear! This is a great way to recycle too. You can do this to a shirt, sheets, or pillowcases.  I decided to dip it into a vat of bright blue dye.  Ever since I dyed my pillows using the shibori dyeing method I have been obsessed. I love dyeing fabrics and creating different designs on them.

Shibori is a Japanese method of dyeing which is over hundred years old. It’s done with indigo, but you can apply the same techniques with other dyes.

  1.  Wash the dress and dry it.
  2.  Fold it lengthwise into one long fold.
  3.  Fold it into an accordion, reversing fold different directions.
  4. At each end add a piece of wood & wrap a rubber band around the whole square several times. It does not matter which way.
  5. Add it to the pail of the dye mixture.

Dye Supplies

  • RIT Indigo Blue
  • Gallon of hot water
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1 Cup of salt
  • Large pail
  • Plastic gloves

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pail outside of course. Carefully add the dress that has been folded into a square into the hot mixture. Let stay in sit for one hour. Rinse with water until it’s clear.

I kept the dress in the dye a little less than one hour to create a lighter pattern and color. You can control the color by how long you leave it in the dye. For brighter color leave it in longer.

If this is something you have been wanting to do by all means try it. It’s really lots of fun and its pretty easy to do as long as you organize everything a head of time and use old pails.


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  1. Maria that is a great way to give it a new life. And it looks so trendy too!

  2. That is FANTASTIC. I love remaking clothes as there is so much clothing waste

  3. I absolutely love that baby blue color! I agree that dying is a great way to upcycle clothing that you love but want to change up just a bit to make it “new”. Great tutorial too!

    1. Helena

      Thanks so much, I am hooked on dyeing fabric and hope to dye more.Planning on dyeing some pillow cases. Have a beautiful week

  4. LOIS STUEVE says:

    I can’t tell how the folding went with the white on cream. Is it possible to photo shop the pictures to be on a more contrasting background. Neat idea, but I can’t follow it. Thanks. Lois

    1. It does not have to be perfect just look at phots of the fold and add theWash the dress and dry it.
        piece of wood & wrap a rubber band around the whole square several times. It does not matter which way.
      Add it to the pail of the dye mixture.

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