Jungle green Shibori cushion DIY

The Shibori trend has been around for a little while now but it looks like it’s cemented itself as one to stay!

Having always wanted to try our hand at it, we recently dyed two cushions and just love the different patterns we created by using different folding techniques.

You can use this DIY to dye anything (throw blanket, cushion covers, wall hanging etc) and in any colour you like but we opted for jungle green.

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Items you need:

  • Cushion covers in natural material (we used IKEA Gurli covers)
  • Dye for natural fabrics (we used powder sachet from Rit)
  • Kettle
  • Iron
  • Non-iodised salt
  • Bucket
  • Plastic gloves
  • Rubber bands
Rectangular folds achieved this pattern
Rectangular folds achieved this pattern in our Shibori cushion DIY


1. Wash the cushion covers to remove any residue and prepare the fabric for dyeing.

Tip: you could add washing soda to give the cushion covers a really good clean.

2. Once dry, fold the cushion cover in a way to achieve your desired print. Start by folding the fabric in an accordion style along one width (i.e. like you’re making a paper fan) and iron after every fold to create a deep crease that will absorb the dye.

Iron after each fold
Iron after each fold

3. Then it’s time to fold along the length of your accordion cushion cover. You need to use another accordion folding technique — we made one triangle and one square and love the different patterns these created. Finish by holding tight with rubber bands.

Triangle folding technique Shibori cushion DIY
Triangle folding technique
Rubber bands Shibori cushion DIY

4. Mix up a batch of dye according to the instructions on the packet. You will need to add the crystals to boiling water and add salt, although the exact instructions could vary depending on your brand.

Tip: test the colour saturation by dipping paper towel into the bath first — are you happy with the colour? If you would like it to be more saturated, add more dye or if it’s too intense, add more hot water. You can also add a sprinkle of grey dye to create more muted/muddy tones if you like too.

5. Soak your cushion cover for at least 10-30 minutes, then rinse under warm water and place in the washing machine on a cold cycle.

6. Once dry, iron and add your cushion insert. It’s that easy!

Triangle folds achieved this pattern Shibori cushion DIY
Triangle folds achieved this pattern Shibori cushion DIY

Have you tried Shibori before? If you give this tutorial a go, we’d love to see pics by emailing them to us at hello@stylecurator.com.au or tagging @stylecuratorau when you post them on social media 🙂

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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