I worked on a fun project this weekend - shibori dyeing! I've dyed fabric before with less than stellar results so I was a little nervous going in but managed to get some pretty cool results! Kollabora and Jo-Ann have teamed up to create some cool craft tutorials including how to make a shibori tablecloth, a zipper pouch diy, and stamped leather coasters. I used all three tutorials to create the pouch I'm sharing here. I absolutely love my pouch and still have lots of cool fabric left over for future projects!
I used a shibori dye kit (you'll find the details here) which includes most of what you'll need along with a some white cotton fabric, 5 gallon bucket and lid, extra gloves, extra wood resist pieces, a wooden stick for stirring the dye, and an old plastic tablecloth as a drop cloth. I had 1 1/2 yards of white "prepared for dyeing" Kona which I cut into 2 1/2 yard pieces and 2 fat quarters. Using the instruction booklet (and Pinterest) as a guide, I mixed up the dye and then folded up the each piece of fabric differently. Once the dye was ready, I submerged each bundle into the dye for a few minutes. The fabric is green when it first comes out of the dye and slowly turns to a pretty shade of indigo. I repeated the dye process to make sure I got a nice bright blue. I let the fabric dry overnight before rinsing, washing, and drying.
TIP - get some elbow length industrial strength gloves. The ones in the kit don't cover enough skin and the latex cleaning gloves I used leaked dye so I'm sporting a blue finger!
It's a little like opening presents when it's time to unwrap the fabric as the result is a nice surprise!
Once my fabric was ready, I cut two pieces 9.75" x 7.75" along with some interfacing and canvas lining pieces. I used a 9" brass jeans zipper which was a good match for dyed fabric. The pouch is a super quick sew. I decided to add a leather label to the pouch and created it using a scrap piece of leather, an alphabet stamping kit, a leather hole punch, and attached it to the pouch with embroidery floss.
To check out all the tutorials Kollabora + Jo-Ann have put together, click here! To see more photos of my project, check out my Instagram.