Tye Dye Shibori Pillow Covers

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I thought it be fun and different to tie dye pillow case and create a Shibori design. If you are not familiar with this process. It’s a Japanese dying technique involved by folding twisting, bunching material and then binding it. Then you dye it with indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye. This process of resistance creates a pattern. Shibori has so many ways you can create patterns.

Step 1: Creating The Designs:
To make square design: Take the fabric or pillow case and fold into square. Add one wooden square on front and the other on back. Fold sides of material over the wood and bind with 4 elastic rubber bands. To make the circle design: Don’t use the wooden blocks and tie a rubber band on each end of the folded fabric.

Step 2: Shibori Dyeing Process:
Start by mixing the indigo dye according to the directions. Use a pail. Indigo is affected by oxygen, so keep the container covered as much as you can. You will need to fold and bind your fabric. Once you fold  the fabric its time to dye. First soak the folded and bound fabric into water. Squeeze out the water and dunk into the dye. After submerging it you have to hold the fabric under the surface with your hands or use weights or rocks for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Unbinding the Pillow Cover
Here is the cool part, when you remove the fabric its  yellow and green. When left in the air it starts oxidizing and turning blue like magic. It takes 20 minutes to oxidize. Take a pail fill with cold water and rinse well. Unbind the fabric. Let the fabric dry!

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Suggested materials:
  • Pillow Cover   (Dharma Trading)
  • Indigo kit   (Dharma Trading)
  • 2 Big Pails   (Home Depot)
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  • Betty Betty on Mar 17, 2017
    Does it matter what the pail is made of? Plastic, galvanized, stainless steel?

  • Ann Haggerty Bernard Ann Haggerty Bernard on Apr 07, 2017
    Can I wash it? Or put it on a couch for people to put their heads on? Also, I saw one I loved. It was blue at each ends an same size white part in middle. The pillow was almost $300. !!!!! Help!! Must have. It was rectangle

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  • Lyn Buerger Lyn Buerger on Mar 18, 2017
    Totally agree... but I have about 500 shirts so I will check to see if any of their blend will accept and hold the dye; or I will be selling shirts on the street corner. ha!.

  • Carol Carol on May 28, 2017
    Carol Chicago, IL

    read comment regarding type of pail. does it matter if its metal, plastic, aluminum,or galvanized. ?