I haven’t done any shibori dyeing in a long time, and I was pumped to try it again! Last time I loved it so much I kind of went on a spree. This time, I wanted to experiment with some clothes for the kiddos, and I kind of love how they turned out! It’s such a fun technique because you can’t really go wrong — there’s no incorrect way to do it. That’s my kind of DIY, folks.
- Plain white flour sack towels
- Indigo dye kit — I love this one
- 5-gallon bucket
- Aluminum foil
- Stirring stick
- Waterproof drop cloth
- white onesies or t-shirts
Make Time: 2 Hours (plus wait and drying time)
Step 1: Mix the dye vat according to the instructions on the packaging.
Step 2: While the dye is marinating, prep your garments. To make one with lots of little circles like Maggie’s shirt, gather little bunches of fabric and put a rubber band around each bunch. To make one big circle like Henry’s gather the shirt in the center and place a few rubber bands along it to create one big cone.
Step 3: Wet the garments thoroughly and squeeze out excess water.
Step 4: Be sure to wear the plastic gloves that come with the dye kit. Fully submerge the garments in the dye but don’t let them sink to the bottom. The longer you leave them in the dye, the darker the fabric will get. I left these soaking for about 5 minutes.
Step 5: As you remove the garments, squeeze out any excess dye. They will look yellow-green at first, and as they oxidize they’ll start to turn dark blue. This can take up to 20 minutes. If you’d like them darker, you can repeat the process.
Step 6: Rinse the garments in cool water and carefully cut away the rubber bands. Then run them through the laundry on a cool setting.
Now rock them out! I think these would be super fun to wear on the 4th of July, or just for any old summer day. The possibilities are so endless, and it’s fascinating to start to learn how the dye works depending on how you fold the fabric. Have you ever tried shibori? Give it a go! xoxo