Shibori-Dyed Place Settings

Shibori-Dyed Place Settings

Crafting Time:
  • Over 5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Duncan
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Additional Information



  • Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye: Blue, Turquoise
  • 1-1/2 to 2 yds black twill
  • 3 yds white cotton fabric
  • Light-colored chalk pencil or fabric marker
  • Yardstick
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Four 2-1/2-ft smooth-surfaced mailing cylinders or PVC pipe, 3" diameter
  • Ribbon
  • 8 yds black trim, 1/4" to 3/8" width
  • Plastic container
  • Sewing machine
  • Plastic tablecloth or trash bags
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Cut four 19" squares from white cotton fabric for napkins and four 22"x18" for place mats.
  2. Cut eight 15"x20" pieces of black twill. Place two together, right sides facing. Stitch 1/2" seam all around leaving 6" to 8" opening at bottom for turning right side out. Press. Fold under seams at opening and press. Repeat for four place mats.
  3. Cover work surface. Dampen larger white cotton pieces; wring out excess water. Lay lengthwise on cylinder and wrap around. Tightly scrunch ends toward center to achieve Shibori design.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves prepare Blue and Turquoise dyes as instructed on package. Squeeze thin line of Turquoise horizontally, going against the creases, on place mat pieces (dye will spread). Poke bottle tip into fabric to saturate. Leave 2" to 3" sections uncolored. Repeat step alternating Blue, Turquoise and Blue again. Let sit 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Dampen napkin pieces and place in plastic container. Dye napkins Blue in plastic container, following instructions on box. Move fabric around with gloved hand to make certain fabric is evenly saturated. Let sit. You may make 2 solid blue and 2 solid turquoise napkins or combine two colors.
  6. Machine wash dyed fabrics and press. For napkins press fabric 1/4" under on each edge, then another 1/4" under. Stitch around napkin.
  7. Fold edges under on Shibori-dyed fabric to make 13"x18" rectangle. Press. Center on top of sewn black place mat fabric. Pin in place and stitch 1/8" from edge.
  8. Place black trim around edges of dyed fabric and stitch.
  9. Cut length of coordinating ribbon to tie around folded napkin.