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How to Shibori Tie Dye A Dress

Learn how to Shibori tie dye technique using a dress. You can have fun with this technique using any piece of white clothing.

What Is Shibori Tie Dyeing Technique

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. There are many ways you can fold the fabric to make different patterns. The preferred fabrics used for this technique is silk, hemp and cotton.

Supplies For Shibori Tie Dye

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

How To Shibori Tie Dye

In this post I am showing you how to tie dye an old white cotton sundress. It one of my favorite dresses. It had some discolorations and this technique is perfect to hide them. You can do Shibori method t to a shirt, sheets, or pillow cases.  Check out this post where I tie dyed old pillow cases.

tieing dress with rubber bands
  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.
dress in indigo dye

6. Make sure you were gloves for this part. Mix all the ingredients together in a large pail outdoors. Carefully add the dress that has been folded into a square into the hot mixture. Let stay in for one hour. Rinse with water until it’s clear.

shibori tie dye technique with rubber bands

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.

dress hanging to dry outside

I love how to turned out and the color is perfect.

pictures of women in tie dye dress

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How to Shibori Tie dye dress


  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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