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How to Make Shibori Pillows

Use this simple and colorful hand-dyeing technique to give your decorative textiles visual interest

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Use this simple and colorful hand-dyeing technique to give your decorative textiles visual interest

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While it dates back to the 8th century, the Japanese dyeing technique of shibori is hotter than ever. What started as a style for lower-class citizens forbidden from wearing silk, shibori is now popping up in  decor all over the West. Though the resulting patterns depend on intricate folding techniques, we show you how to bring a simple yet modern style to a pillow, making for an Instagrammable moment right on your own couch. And rather than the classic indigo hue used in Japan, we freshened up the palette with a sweet pink.

For materials, you’ll need a cotton or linen pillow case, sunlight developing dye, a foam brush, rubber gloves, a mason jar, and a water basin. Start by submerging your prewashed pillowcase in water. Wring as much of the water out and lay flat. Fold the pillow case accordion style into a tight triangular stack.

Mix one part dye and two parts water in a mason jar, shaking vigorously. Once thoroughly mixed, apply dye to the edges of the folded pillowcase using gentle pressure. Unfold and lay out flat in the sun to dry. Note that the longer the dye is exposed to the sun, the darker the color will appear.

Once the fabric has dried, wash out any excess dye by running under water until it runs clear. Finally, machine wash according to fabric instructions.