Summer is coming, and I’m loving the idea of transitioning from winter scarves to lightweight, summery cotton scarves. It’s easy to either make your own or transform a thrift shop purchase to sew your own accessories.
These scarves are inspired by the Japanese shibori style. Shibori stems from Japan. It’s a technique which involves folding, twisting, or bunching cloth and binding fabric, then dyeing with indigo. For the sake of convenience, I have used a standard hand-wash dye from Dylon, commonly available in the UK. This makes it an easily accessible technique.
Pssst: Want to learn more about tie-dying fabric? Check out our guide, What Fabrics Can Be Tie-Dyed? on AllFreeSewing.
How to Make a Shibori-Inspired Tie-Dye Scarf
This scarf is made from a very lightweight cotton. It is 1 1/2 yards long by 16 inches wide.
Hem the edges, double fold over the fabric and stitch.
Add a pom-pom frill to the short edges of the scarf.
Use a large running stitch running the width of the scarf to gather up the fabric.
Once you have gathered the scarf, tie with rubber bands. This creates a resist, preventing the dye from penetrating the fabric.
Mix your dye, following the packet instructions. Dye the scarf.
The best part: unwrapping the rubber bands and removing the running stitch!
You may be lucky and pick up a thrift shop scarf you can dye, saving the job of hemming plus keeping the cost minimal.
For further shibori style inspiration, visit my blog for these shibori denim pencil cases – light-colored denim dyes beautifully.