Tie-dye is all grown up and back in our homes. Long gone are the rainbow hues that are admittedly more boho than chic. Here to stay are the subdued, intricate, and unique patterns of shibori dying.
Call it the older, cooler sibling of the classic childhood tie-dye projects, or just call it the new way to decorate your home. Either way, we think shibori is the dip-dye style that is here to stay.
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The king of all shibori tutorials on the internet come from this blog, with an endless number of ways to twist, pinch, scrunch and tie eye-catching dye designs for any of the below projects.
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Shibori Throw Pillow DIY from Room for Tuesday
This intricate and interesting how-to shows us the many ways to create shibori patterns with things already laying around the house.
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DIY Shibori Indigo Tapestry from Altard State
Go big or go home. Or go to college, or a new apartment, because this DIY wall hanging is perfect for transforming a wall without paint or gaping holes.
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DIY Shibori Tablecloth from the nest
The nest blog used this geometric-meets-bohemian tablecloth as a holiday table staple, but it wouldn’t be out of place come summer. Simple dishes and a bright centerpiece (they used a bowl of oranges) and this table is ready to party.
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Shibori Lunch Bags from Sweet Paul Magazine
Hand sewn lunch bags are already just about as cool as it gets, only one-upped when first dyed in shibori style. Make a few, as we think all of your coworkers will want one as well.
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DIY Shibori Indigo Bookmark from Alice & Lois
What will you do with all of the scraps from your larger shibori projects? Enter these bookmarks, which can be made in a flash with minimal materials. The suede tie is a great finishing touch on these book bound beauties.
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Shibori Tie-Dye Cloth Napkins from A Beautiful Mess
This Crate and Barrel hack is sure to add a bit of print and a lot of conversation to any dinner table. The tutorial for this also includes a napkin dyed pink; not technically “shibori”, but definitely stylish.
How to Ice Dye by jojotastic
Another faux-shibori look is probably the project I’m most likely to try first. Mostly because it’s one of those DIYs that requires zero hard work, which are hard to come by. A little ice, a sprinkle of dye, and a bit of patience results in a dramatic throw blanket.
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Indigo Tea Towel DIY from Francois et Moi
A few flour sacks and a dye kit are all you need to create these fun tea towels, which bring a pop of pattern to any kitchen.
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DIY Boho Shade Sail from Frugal Living Adventures
Sticks and stones… can create a backyard focal point? This sail gives plenty of shade, a cool bohemian look, and a reason to host an outdoor party ASAP. Pair with string lights for the ultimate ambiance.
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DIY Indigo Wall Art by Whitney Donae
Adding art to a room can make a space go from looking dumpy to designer. These wall art pieces can be made quickly and like all shibori has infinite possibilities for pattern play. Even small framed pieces are sure to make a big statement.
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DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats from Lovely Indeed
Throw down these placemats on an outdoor table for instant summer style. They may even make spills and drips a little less noticeable, too. I’m going to need the dipped wooden flatware in this blog, as well.
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DIY Shibori Wall Hanging by Alice & Lois
Weaving for wall art seems like fun, until about row five. Give your walls a touch of textile faster and easier with this simple wall hanging tutorial. This is another great project for those who can’t do permanent damage to walls — lightweight fabric means that one small nail gives life to a large piece of art.
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Indigo Blue Textile Kit by Yellow Owl Workshop
Save yourself a confusing trip to the craft store and grab this all-in-one kit from Yellow Owl Workshop, our go-to for all kind of craft kits. This one comes with a dripless applicator, so the technique is a little different from traditional tie-dying, but a lot less messy, too.
Did you give any of these DIYs a try? I’d love to see pictures! Send us your shibori successes on social media, or reach out to us in the comments below.