A DIY Scarf Anyone Can Make

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    How to Make a Shibori-Style Tie-Dye Scarf

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    There's something so beautiful about the technique of Shibori dyeing. The resist technique can be used to make endless patterns and designs, and that signature deep indigo blue creates the most stunning color. That being said, preparing an authentic Shibori dye bath can be messy, time-consuming, and difficult.

    But with this faux Shibori technique, we found a way to turn simple tie-dye supplies into a beautiful Shibori scarf. With this method, you can enjoy a pretty Shibori-style scarf without the time and challenges of preparing the traditional indigo dye. Perfect for layering over festival and summer styles, this handmade scarf is certain to become a staple in your wardrobe.

    What You'll Need

    • White cotton baby swaddle blanket
    • Powder tie-dye in dark blue
    • Chipboard
    • Rubber bands
    • Plastic gloves
    • Water
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    Gather Materials

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    A white cotton baby swaddle blanket works perfectly for this project. The material soaks in the dye nicely, and the weight of the blanket makes for a perfect light summer scarf. You should be able to find plain swaddle blankets in any baby store.

    For dye, grab any dark blue color at your local craft store. The tie-dye bottles with powder dye are perfect for an easy, mess-free application.

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    Fold the Blanket

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    The patterns in the Shibori style come from the way that you fold your material. The parts that remain exposed after you make your folds are the portions that will eventually be dyed. So keeping this in mind, fold your blanket the way you'd like. Here, the blanket is folded in half, then half again, over and over until it is a small square. This should create a grid-type pattern on the final scarf.

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    Add Chipboard

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    Cut two pieces of chipboard the same size as your folded material. Sandwich the material between the two pieces of chipboard and secure with rubber bands.

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    Apply Dye

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    Wet the exposed edges of the fabric with water. Then prepare your dye by adding the recommended amount of water to the powder.

    Carefully start squeezing dye out of the bottle onto the exposed portions of the fabric until all exposed areas have been colored. Be careful not to oversaturate the fabric; use just enough color to cover the fabric, but do not add so much that the dye is dripping off of the material.

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    Rest and Unfold

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    Set on a clean piece of plastic and pull the plastic over the top of the dyed garment. Try to leave the piece under the plastic for four to six hours to achieve maximum color saturation.

    Cut away the rubber bands and remove the chipboard. Discard both of these items. Then unfold the fabric and rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.


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    Wash and Wear

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    Wash your scarf in the laundry according to the directions on the dye package; most often this means cold water on the gentle cycle for the first wash. Be sure to check your specific instructions.

    After your scarf is washed and dried, style it with your favorite summer outfit and enjoy.