Shibori Stitch Resist Kitchen Towels

March 2 2022

A simple running stitch is all it takes to create this wavy Shibori pattern. Grab a needle and some thread to get started.

  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dyes in desired colors
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • 100% Cotton Kitchen Towels
  • Polyester Thread and Needle
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Salt
  • Plastic container
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  1. Gather supplies.
  2. Pre-wash kitchen towels in warm, soapy water and dry.
  3. Using fabric chalk, draw wavy design onto kitchen towels as desired.
  4. Cut a long piece of thread, about double the length of the kitchen towel. Quadruple thread the needle, simply fold thread in half and thread into needle and knot off at the end.
  5. Sew a running stitch along each of the line you drew onto the kitchen towel.
  6. Pull each stitch to gather the fabric and secure with a knot at the end and set aside.


  7. Dye Preparation: Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, pour dye into the water. Then measure 1 cup salt dissolved with 2 cups hot water; add to dye bath. (Salt helps to intensify the color.) Then add a squirt of dish washing liquid and stir well.
  8. Immerse gathered kitchen towel into the dyebath and stir occasionally for 10 minutes or until desired color is achieved.
  9. To help reduce color bleeding and improve color retention, treat fabric with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before rinsing. Follow package instructions. Remove fabric from dye bath and squeeze out excess dye. Fill container 3 gallons hot water and add 4 tbsp of dye fixative; stir well. Immerse clothing item in fixative, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove fabric and rinse in cold water until water begins to run clear.
  11. Carefully cut and remove running stitch from fabric.
  12. Then machine wash jeans an old towel in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry. If desired, iron to remove excess wrinkles.


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