DIY Project Idea: How To Make
Shibori-Inspired Bedding

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Have some light-colored sheets that have seen better days? Alison shows us how to to take those dingy duvets and turn them into trendy Shibori-style bedding.

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 1 hour
Project Cost: $7 (not including bedding)
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What You Need


  • Fabric dye
  • Old sheets or duvet cover
  • String
  • Plastic bin or bucket for mixing dye


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1. Roll, fold, and bunch your bedding into a cylindrical rope.

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2. Wrap string tightly around the ends that you are going to be dying (the string is where the original color will show through).

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3. Prepare a dye bath as per manufacturer's instructions (Alison used a 24 liter tub for easy clean up).

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4. Dampen the string-tied portions, and dip fabric into your dye bath.

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5. Lift out after the desired soak time, and rinse until the water runs clear.

6. Untie your string, run through the washing machine on a rinse cycle, and then hang to dry.

Thanks, Alison!

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(Image credits: Stella and Olive)