Summer is coming, I’m loving the idea of transitioning from winter scarves to summer light weight cotton scarves. Its 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, its 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.
This scarf is made from a very light weight cotton. It is 1 1/2 yards long by 16 inches width.
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 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 shibori denim pencil cases – light coloured denim dyes beautifully,