Hello, Gators! Happy August. Wowzers, summer seems to be flying by. Sorry I missed a July posting here, but hopefully you are following along with all things Slumbering Alligator over on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I’m always up to something! I am so excited to be sharing this Shibori tablecloth I made using Plaid Crafts Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink. I’m absolutely in love with how it turned out. Although it might look difficult, it was incredibly easy to make.
Disclosure: Some supplies have been provided by Plaid, and I have received compensation for this post. Project idea and opinions are my own.
Ok, so first things first. What the heck is Shibori? Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique for embellishing textiles that involves shaping and securing cloth in variety of ways. Typically Shibori is done using indigo, so I chose Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink in Navy. If blue isn’t your cup of tea, Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks come in a multitude of colors. These inks are great for a variety of textile projects including painting, stamping and stenciling. Plus, surfaces decorated with Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks are machine washable. Hip, hip, hooray!
For my tablecloth, I purchased a 6ft x 9ft canvas drop cloth from the hardware store for around $12. I grabbed a bag of rubber bands, a squeeze bottle, rubber gloves and a dish pan from the dollar store. And of course, you’ll also need 3 bottles of Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink in Navy. Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks can be purchased at your local craft store.
First, I folded my drop cloth (pre-wash first) accordion style lengthwise. I found having a helper made folding and additional parts of this project so much easier. So, grab a friend, a stranger or your Aunt Louise!
Next, fold the bottom portion of the fabric up into a triangle.
Tuck it under itself to create another triangle. Then, back over to make another triangle. Repeat this folding process until you reach the end.
Secure the completely triangle folded drop cloth with two large rubber bands.
Next, I squeezed 3 bottles of Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink into my squeeze bottle.
Add an equal amount of tap water.
Gather up all your supplies and head outdoors! I used my garden hose to fill up my dish tub about halfway.
Submerge the triangle folded drop cloth in water.
Be sure to get every side. Once saturated, discard the remainder of the water. I just poured mine out in my hanging baskets.
Put on those rubber gloves and start dyeing! One side at a time, generously squeeze on the Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink.
Use your gloved hands to rub the ink into the fabric.
Cover all the sides, but don’t be too concerned about every little spot.
Once covered, remove the rubber bands, unfold and hang in the sun to dry.
I can’t wait to throw a dinner party and show off my new tablecloth. Using Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink made this project a breeze. Honestly, I want to use it to make even more DIY Shibori items. Like, a matching outfit!
I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of this project. If you love it, please SHARE! Be sure to check out some of my other favorite Plaid Crafts projects like my Glittered Serving Tray, Modern Rustic 3D Wood Wall Art, or Terra Cotta Pot Wind Chime. Happy creating!