By Rit Dye Team
October 12, 2017
Bring a little style to your next picnic with this bright and fun shibori dyed picnic blanket. You can create the perfect setting for your next al fresco dining experience.
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
(2) 2x4 wood blocks cut to approximately 2 feet
white cotton blanket or fabric
4 gallon pot
large metal spoon
plastic table cover
Step By Step
Pre-wash beach fabric with detergent, rinse and leave wet.
To create a traditional itajime pattern, accordion fold or “fan fold” the fabric in approximately 1 foot wide folds down the length of the towel. This will form a long, rectangle. For more pattern variations, vary the size and width of the folds.
Set aside “sandwich” to prepare the dyebath.
Prepare dyebath: Fill large dye container with 3 gallons very hot water tap water (140F). If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a cook pot or teapot. Shake dye bottles before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ bottle Navy all-purpose Rit dye to hot water. Stir well.
For cotton fabrics, add 1 cup of salt to dyebath. This helps to intensify the color. Then add a squirt of liquid dish detergent. Stir well.
Test dye color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
Immerse cotton fabric “sandwich” bundle into the dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the bundle in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the bound-up part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the square set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
When desired color is achieved, remove the fabric bundle from the dyebath. Squeeze out excess dye. Do not remove wood blocks.
Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following package instructions. Let “sandwich” set in fixative for 20 minutes.
Carefully remove wood blocks and rubber bands; unfold the fabric.
Rinse fabric in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
Wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent by hand or in your washing machine with an old towel, rinse and dry
OPTIONAL: To protect underside of blanket cut piece of durable plastic or vinyl to size of blanket. Machine stitch or hand sew to edge of blanket.