Webisode: Shibori Throw Blanket

This project is an easy way to dye and repurpose old/used fabric.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Repurposed white fabric
1 cup of table salt
Large container (to fit 2 gal)
Denim blue dye
(2) 4" × 6" thin tension boards
(2) Gallons of boiling water
Rubber bands
Rubber gloves


FAQ: What is Shibori? Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo.

1. Fold your repurposed cloth. There are many techniques to Shibori folding or bunching, but in this case the designer will fold it accordion style to make squares design. Start by folding the fabric horizontally in half

2. Connect the 4 corners

3. Set the fabric on a flat surface, and fold the fabric accordion style

4. Then fold the fabric into fourths, accordion style

5. It should look like this when the folding is complete

6. Sandwich the fabric with the (2) tension boards

7. Wrap a liberal amount of rubber bands (thick and thin) around the tension boards, keeping the fabric in place

  1. Pour (2) gallons of the boiling water into the large container, pour 1–2 cups of the denim blue dye into the water, and 1 cup of table salt

9. Mix with the yardstick

10. Place fabric into the mixture and let soak for about 15 minutes; flip if necessary

11. After 15 minutes, remove from mixture, squeeze out excess dye

12. Cut off rubber bands with the blade

13. Remove tension boards and unfold

14. Hang with clothespins and let dry overnight