Shibori Dyed Beach Towel

July 6 2019

We are all about having fun in the sun. And this truly unique shibori dyed beach towel is the perfect accessory! Whether you’re kicking it by the pool or on a tropical beach, you’re sure to make a splash with this colorful and hip new towel.

Supplies
  • White Beach Towel
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Indigo Used Here
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • Rubber Bands
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Large Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
Time
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Difficulty
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Instructions
  1. Prewash beach towel in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Lay flat. Gather fabric in random sections and secure the pinch tightly with a rubber band. This is what creates the circle effect. 
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 1/2 cup of well-shaken Indigo dye with 3 gallons of hot tap water in a large plastic container.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. Stir well.
  5. Submerge beach towel in the dyebath.
  6. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  7. Towel can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour.
  8. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  9. Before removing the rubber bands, we strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative on the dyed beach towel. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow package instructions.
  10. Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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