Shibori Tie Dye Techniques

Tie Dye is a trend that seems to always come and go and come back again.  This summer I noticed it popping up again not only in fashion but in interior design.  I thought by adding some tie dye pillows and maybe some tapestries would give my back patio a cute boho vibe, so I did a little research into how to get these designs.

Shibori Tie Dye is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique that has been around since the 8th century.  There are so many different shibori patterns and all completely unique. I couldn’t bring myself buying a store bought design, so I decided to make my own.  Not only was it so much cheaper, but it was so much fun, they came out so good and I can say I actually made it. 

I started with 3 basic designs to try out:  lines, the bull’s eye and diamonds. The bull ’s eye was my personal fave.


  1. Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 1 1/2 -2 inches.
  2. Tie rubber bands kind of like a pony tail.  Adding as much lines as you would like to create. 

Bull's Eye

  1. Pinch the middle of the fabric pulling up.
  2. Gather add fabric from the center and then tie a rubber band at the top.
  3. Tie a few more rubber bands to create a bull's eye effect.


  1. Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 2 1/2 inches.
  2. Fold one side of folded fabric creating a triangle.
  3. Continue accordion folding in triangle forms.
  4. Tie two rubber bands to to the final triangle folded shape. One on each long points.

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