DIY Shibori Dyed Clothing

Shibori: the perennial approach to tie-dye. With cotton's ability to hold color, without fading over time, it provides the perfect base for all your dying needs. In a few easy steps, you’ll have a new favorite shirt or pants to pair with your closet staples.

What you need


What you need

  • White cotton shirt
  • Rubber gloves
  • Indigo dye kit
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wood Blocks
  • Rubber Bands

Let's Get Started

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Step 1

Lay your white cotton shirt on a flat surface. Then, fold the shirt like an accordion, starting with the sleeves.

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Step 2

Place the wooden blocks on either side of the shirt and secure with 4 rubber bands.

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Step 3

Wearing your rubber gloves, mix the powdered dye with water using proportions as directed in your indigo dye kit.

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Step 4

Soak your cotton shirt in fresh water and squeeze out all excess water. Immediately after soaking the shirt in water, submerge it into the dye for 10 minutes.

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Step 5

After 10 minutes, remove the shirt and unwrap it to reveal your design. Don’t be surprised by the green color—it takes 20 minutes to turn into indigo.

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Step 6

Voila! Your new favorite shirt!

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