A DIY Shibori Table Cloth for Your Holiday Table
Opt for an alternative holiday tablecloth that you can use all year round with this trendy Shibori style pattern. It's easier than you think to get this organic modern look for your own holiday table and for a fraction of the price of purchasing a new store bought cloth or runner. Use a large cut of white fabric from the sewing store or repurpose an old white flat sheet to dye your own table cloth with a few simple step!
What You'll Need:
- Indigo Dye Kit (includes rubber bands, dye, gloves, and small blocks)
- Natural fiber fabric
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- Wood blocks
- Stir stick or dowel rod
- Long rubber gloves (small pair inside kit)
- Clothes pins
Step 1: Create the dye according to the instructions in the kit. For this kit we mixed together the 2 packets and the vial of indigo dye with 4 gallons of water and mixed with the stir stick. Wear gloves through out this process (kitchen rubber gloves work great and allow you to reach all the way down into your bucket).
Step 2: To create a plaid style fabric pattern we folded over our fabric in an accordion style. Fold in half a few more times to create manageable square or rectangular size.
Step 3: Place wooden blocks on either side of the fabric and secure with rubber bands (available in the kit).
Step 4: Move over (or remove some of) the "flower" (in other words the foam at the top). Dip the fabric in the dye and swirl around for a couple minutes. If you want a super dark look, keep in the water for 15 or so minutes (we used a large rock to keep the fabric fully submerged).
Step 5: Remove the fabric from the vat of dye, take off the rubber bands and ring out extra dye. Open up the fabric to allow the dye to oxidize. This is when the dye will turn from a blueish green tint to an indigo color.
Step 6: Attach the fabric to a clothes line with clothes pins or area where it can hang free to dry. The dye should fully oxidize and turn a pretty indigo color and continue to bleed somewhat into the squares.
Once you are finished, set your table with some pretty greens or a colorful and bright centerpiece like these easy clementines!