With summer upon us, the days are longer and the kids are running wild. I am always searching for fun and creative activities to keep them entertained. Today I am sharing with you a really fun activity that you and your kids will love! Its Shibori Tie Dye. What is Shibori Tie Dye you ask? It is a Japanese dyeing technique that is created by folding, twisting, and compressing fabric with wood blocks resulting in beautiful designs. This is not the traditional kind of Tie Dye T-Shirt you might see at a Phish concert, but a really chic and beautiful form of dyeing fabric that you will be proud to place in your home. Typically Shibori is done with indigo dye, you can purchase kits that have everything you need like this one. But, my daughter was not interested in anything blue in her room, so we thought a little outside the box and hit up our local fabric store to pick out some Rit Liquid dye in the color of the kids choice. It is important when dyeing fabric that you use natural fibers so we decided to make pillow cases with some inexpensive white cotton pillow cases. We had so much fun with it that by the end of the day we were dyeing anything white we could get our hands on. I had a white muslin blanket for Skye that we dyed and also a old sheet to make a really big picnic blanket! So fun! Let me show you how we did it.
What you will need:
-Rit Liquid Dye in the color of your choice
-Rubber bands (we used two different sizes)
-Bowl or bucket
-Natural fiber material like cotton
Before you start Dying your fabric you will need to fold it to create the design. Where the rubber bands and wood blocks are placed will determine your pattern. The fun thing about this project, and what makes it so fun for kids is that you can not mess it up. This is the time to get the kids involved and let them put on the rubber bands and fold the fabric with you!
There are many different ways in Shibori to fold, twist and bind your fabric, but I personally liked these two techniques the best.
square accordion fold
Fold your fabric like a accordion lengthwise and then again into squares or rectangles like a accordion. Once you complete your folds, add wood blocks to either side and secure with rubber bands. Place in your Dye bath.
Triangle accordion fold
This is the one Brayden wanted to do. Fold your fabric like a accordion lengthwise and then again into triangles (accordion style again). It makes it much easier if you press it out with a iron but you do not have to do that. once you have your triangle, add rubber bands and place in your dye bath. No wood blocks needed here!
Follow the Rit liquid dye instructions or your indigo dye kit instructions for your dye bath.
Soak your fabric for as long as you would like! We soaked ours about 10 min, keep in mind that the fabric will look much darker when it is wet. Once washed and dried it will be much lighter, so if you want a really dark color design then soak longer.
Wash and dry your fabric and Voila! I can not express how much fun the kids had making their very own pillow cases! The final pictures are all wrinkled because they sleep on them every single night! I can’t wait to do some more Shibori Dyeing this Summer, I think some really cute throw pillows for the couch are next! I hope you enjoy this DIY! Let me know in the comments below if you try it out and post pictures of your final product! I love seeing what you guys make.