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DIY: Inspired Shibori Dyed Textiles

Jun 24, 2016 04:12PM ● By Monica Fatica

Dip Dyed

July 2016
Feature and photos by Monica Fatica

Shibori dye is a Japanese tie-dye technique that uses natural indigo dye and different wrapping techniques. Learn how to create an indigo-dyed textile using pre-made liquid dye and hot water to achieve the shibori look faster and cheaper. 

We used pillow shams and a table runner, but a sheet or any other article would work. Here are a few basic techniques to try.

Tips: When choosing fabric or clothing, it’s important the materials are made of natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk or linen. Be resourceful when binding – use clamps, paper clips, binder clips, odd shaped wooden pieces, canning jar lids, etc.


• Rit Liquid Dye

• natural fiber textile, clothing or fabric

• rubber bands

• twine

• scissors

• binder clips and/or clothespins

• salt

• 1-2 five-gallon buckets

• rubber gloves

• cardboard

• mixing stick

• plastic or drop cloth 


1. You can start with dry fabric, or if you want the dye to bleed a little bit, soak it in water and wring dry. Using damp fabric will also be less harsh when you dip it into the dye.

2. Fill a bucket with hot water to prepare the dye. Follow the mixing directions on the dye bottle depending on how much fabric you use. The amount used can be doubled if you want more of a saturated effect. 

3. Once the dye (and salt) have been added, stir the mixture.

4. Add fabric into the bucket and let soak for 10-30 minutes. We soaked our fabric for 15 minutes, but for a darker color, leave it in longer. 

5. Using your gloves, remove the fabric and wring the excess dye back into the bucket. 

6. Untie the string or rubber bands and remove the binder clips. Allow the fabric to completely dry on a flat surface.

7. After your fabric has dried, follow the instructions on your bottle to rinse out the remainder of the dye using your gloves. Once more, allow the fabric to completely dry on a flat surface. You can also place the fabric in the sun if you want a faded look.