Shibori is the amazing art of indigo dyeing while covering some pieces of the cloth that will stay white.

The earliest known piece of Shibori fabric was made in the 7th century in Japan. By binding, or pressing pieces of wood together over folded cloth, you will get different patterns. If you make it with real indigo dye, you will enjoy an amazing process when the green dye oxidizes in the air and turns deep blue.

This craft is from my Summer 2015 issue!

You will need:

Natural fibers like silk, linen, and cotton work great with indigo and it’s easiest to get good results if the cloth is white.

We used a Jacquard Indigo Tie Dye Kit bought on

  1. Fold a piece of silk fabric, 12"x25", in the middle across the length. Fold it like an accordion in the other direction. Make every fold 5” apart.
  2. Sandwich the folded fabric between 2 CD discs, or press it between a few wooden sticks.
  3. Clamp it all tightly together with spring clamps
  4. Dye in indigo.
  5. Let dry and iron carefully.
  6. To sew a bag, fold the fabric at the bottom, with the inside out. Then make an extra fold, also at the bottom. This fold should be a couple of inches high and go inside the bag. This means your bag is now shaped like a W in profile, the sides are still open and the inside out.
  7. Sew the sides of the bag over the folds.
  8. Turn inside out.
  9. Fold back and iron the upper edge of the bag.
  10. Sew the upper edge.


These are a great back-to-school project!

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