DIY Shibori Inspired Picnic Blanket

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Now that we are in full swing of summer that means beach days, playing at the park and picnics in your backyard. All things I LOVE! Another trend I am loving is Shibori. I know I have mentioned this dying technique before- almost like a more mature tye dye if you ask me- haha. Shibori is an ancient Japanese resist dying technique where you fold and bind fabric in all sorts of folds to create gorgeous patterns. Typically indigo dye is used, creating a deep gorgeous blue masterpiece. Want to see some inspiration, just jump on pinterest….from apparel to home decor- you really can’t go wrong!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
Time: 1 HoursCost: $15Difficulty: Easy
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
First start by folding your fabric up. Just like tye dye, each fold with create a unique pattern. I wanted to play around with an accordion fold and then pressing the fold between two planks of wood to apply pressure. The main thing to keep in mind when folding is that this is a resistant dye so the more folds mean the more white lines, which makes your piece all the more beautiful and visually appealing (aka fold a ton!). (oh and my black lab maya was very excited to help- ha!)
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
I started with a long rectangle and then made a triangle fold onto each new section until I ran out of fabric.
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Our fabric is actually 100% cotton!
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Just keep folding :)
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Next I pressed the fabric between two boards of wood and secured with rubber bands. These rubber bands are doing more than securing my wood though, they will act as folds and resist dye on the areas they touch fabric- yay for more visual interest!
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Once your fabric/wood is all ready go ahead and prep the dye according to the instructions on the package. Once you have your dye ready, time to dunk!!
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
First gave it a good dunk and then I let me fabric/wood sit in the dye for about 5 minutes to really absorb the dye. I didn’t let the entire piece sit in the dye because I thought it might be a neat ombre effect if some areas are lighter/darker.
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Apparently the dye can still go through the gloves, oops! Smurf Sam here :)
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Time to unfold and dry….
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Backyard picnic with a my friend Anya’s new puppy ? I think YES!
  • diy shibori inspired picnic blanket, crafts, how to
Cheers to Summer!

xoxo,
Sam

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Rubberbands
  • Fabric/cloth
  • Navy blue Rit dye
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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