Shibori Stitch Resist Pillow

August 24 2022

Symmetry is the name of the game when it comes to this Shibori stitch resist technique. By folding the fabric in half and creating the resist through both layers, we were able to achieve this minimal yet intricate look.

  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dyes in desired colors
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • 100% Cotton Pillowcase
  • 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 pillowcase in warm, soapy water and dry.
  3. Fold pillowcase in half, lengthwise.
  4. Using fabric chalk, draw half leaf along the centerfold.
  5. Cut a long piece of thread, about double the length of the drawn design. Quadruple thread the needle, simply fold thread in half and thread into needle and knot off at the end.
  6. Sew a running stitch along the line you drew onto the pillowcase until you reach the end. Cut thread and sew another running stitching ½” inward. Continue until the inside of the drawn pattern is filled.
  7. Pull each stitch to gather the fabric and secure with a knot at the end and set aside.
  8. 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.
  9. Immerse gathered pillowcase into the dyebath and stir occasionally for 10 minutes or until desired color is achieved.
  10. 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.
  11. Remove fabric and rinse in cold water until water begins to run clear.
  12. Carefully cut and remove running stitch from fabric.
  13. Then machine wash pillowcase an old towel in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry. If desired, iron to remove excess wrinkles.
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