If you’re following along on my Instagram, you may have seen my IGTV episode where I tried out dyeing indigo for the first time. The project actually turned out amazing and I’m officially hooked on creating these cute Shibori patterns with indigo! If Drew doesn’t stop me, I think I’ll dye our entire couch one day. Just kidding…I think?!
This DIY was way easier and more fun than I expected, so I wanted to share with you chickadees. Here’s my step-by-step guide!
Once you have your supplies, you can choose what you actually want to dye. I chose this pack of 12 dish towels // linen napkins from Amazon.
Step one in the process is super important, because it will ultimately determine what pattern you end up with! I “freestyled” a few by scrunching up and randomly tying rubber bands around, which create that classic “tie dye” look like the ones we used to make at summer camp. For more geometric patterns, I referred to the pamphlet in my indigo dye kit. I even dove deep into Youtube to learn a bit more about Shibori – a Japanese method for dyeing textiles by securing + tying beforehand. THIS video includes some patterns I ended up loving!
After binding and folding my fabric, I filled two buckets – one with cool water and one with warm water. The cool water is for dunking your fabric before dyeing, and the warm water is for mixing in your indigo solution.
Don’t be alarmed if your indigo is looking more lime green than deep blue at first! Both the mixture in the bucket and the fabric you’re dyeing should appear green. Once you’ve dipped your fabric, let it oxidize in open air and it will turn that oh-so-perfect shade of blue!
FYI…I “double dipped” a few pieces to achieve an even darker shade of blue! The more you dip, the darker the dye.
You may still find green spots when you untie your fabric…don’t panic! Just untie // unfold your fabric and expose it to some fresh air. It’ll oxidize, too!
Once you’re liking how each piece looks, rinse with cool water until the water runs clear – that way you won’t risk it bleeding onto other surfaces! You can also hand wash them with a bit of detergent. After that, hang them dry and they’re good to go.
I had SO much fun trying out Shibori pattern making and Indigo dyeing. Have you guys ever tried? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’re a pro…leave me some tips. I’m still learning!
DIY INDIGO SUPPLIES
P.S. I’ve been LOVING bucket hats lately! Linked tons of cute options HERE.