Have you heard of shibori? I hadn’t until just a couple weeks ago. It’s a resist method used for dying that has been used in Japan for many, many years. There are several different ways to shibori; folding, wrapping, twisting and more. I chose the method that involves wrapping fabric around a cylindrical object.
I don’t do a lot of projects using the ombre look, but this one almost begged it. I love the gradual transition of colors that are going on with this top. Believe it or not, that top color is not red, it’s orange. The center is a mixture of orange and yellow and the bottom, of course, is yellow on its own.
A couple weeks ago I was browsing JC Penney and saw these tops. Mine didn’t turn out like these, but I still love the results. And I’m still going to keep trying to achieve something similar to these. Yes, $14.99 is pretty darn reasonable, but I don’t look good in boat necks and they didn’t have any V-necks with this design. Besides, I love trying to figure stuff like this out! Gives me an excuse to spend time in the craft room. :)
Before I show you how to make this top, I wanted to let you know that at the end of this post, there’s a link to my tutorial for making the blue/green one as well!
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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies:
Tulip One-Step Dye Kits- Yellow
Tulip One-Step Dye Kits- Orange
PVC pipe – 1 1/2″ (diameter) x 24″ (long) (mine was around $5 at Home Depot)
Rubber bands and gloves (available in dye kit)
Spray bottle of water
Towel you don’t mind staining
First off, protect your work surface with an old tablecloth or lots of newspaper.
Lay your tee face up on the table. Fold the sleeves and sides of tee toward the center of the shirt. Beginning at one side of the tee, roll the shirt around the PVC pipe.
NOTE: Keep track of which end of the pipe your tee’s neckline is! You can draw a little mark inside that end of the PVC pipe with a permanent marker to help you remember.
Wrap a rubber band around each end of the pipe and in the center. This is not for resist purposes, just to hold the shirt in place. Tie the twine around one end of the pipe and knot.
Scrunch the shirt from each end toward the center of the pipe. Wrap the twine tightly around the pipe/tee until completely covered. There should be thin areas of tee showing in between wraps of twine.
Mist the twine wrapped tee with water. Roll it in a towel to remove excess water, you want it damp, not sopping.
Put on your gloves and mix your dye (add water and shake). Starting at the neckline end of your tee, cover about 1/4 of the fabric with orange dye. Cover the remaining fabric with yellow dye. To get that orange-yellow color in the center, add some orange dye over the yellow dye in the center of the tee.
Roll the pipe back and forth across an old towel to ensure there’s no dripping dye. Wrap the pipe/tee in plastic wrap and allow it to sit for 6 hours.
Remove the plastic wrap and run the fabric covered pipe under cool water to get as much as the dye out as you can. Remove the rubber bands and the twine and unroll the tee from the pipe. Rinse out any remaining dye and follow laundering instructions on the dye packaging.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you would like to see how I made the blue hued shirt, please head over to my tutorial – Cool Hues Shibori Top