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How to Make a DIY Shibori Tablecloth

Learn how to make a DIY Shibori tablecloth with this simple step-by-step tutorial. Set your table with an easy Shibori tablecloth made from vintage linen!

Freshen up your table for summer with a DIY Shibori tablecloth! The iconic indigo and white patterns are both organic and bold, perfect for a summery tablescape or your next barbecue.

DIY Shibori Tablecloth by Craftivity Designs

What Is Shibori?

Are you familiar with Shibori? It’s an ancient Japanese tie-dye method that has made its way into modern design (ex: 12 gorgeous examples of Shibori fabrics). You’ve likely seen the blue and white prints on pillows, wallpaper, and more – even if you aren’t familiar with the term “shibori”. If you’re a fan of the look, you’ll be excited to know that it’s easy to recreate DIY Shibori projects at home!

I’m Lora, of Craftivity Designs, where I share quick and easy crafts. As a busy working mom, I love it when the kids can help with DIY projects – and Shibori tie-dye is very kid-friendly!

Teacup sitting on a DIY Shibori Tablecloth by Craftivity Designs


For this project, you’ll need a 100% cotton or natural linen white tablecloth. It’s best to skip polyester or synthetic fabrics because they will not absorb the dye as well. I chose a vintage linen tablecloth from a favorite local flea market vendor and it took the dye beautifully.

What you need: 

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First, pre-wash and dry the white tablecloth before dyeing the fabric.


In the first bowl or bucket, prepare the dye bath. I use an easy Shibori RIT dye recipe for a bold indigo color. If you prefer an all-natural DIY Shibori, you can use an authentic indigo dye kit.

Fill the second bowl or bucket with cool water for the soak bath.

Shibori dye recipe from Craftivity Designs

3. PRE-SOAK the Fabric

Once the dye and soak bath are ready, it is time to begin the dyeing process. To begin, place the tablecloth into the soak bath until fully wet. Once wet, squeeze the fabric to remove excess water.

4. FOLD THE FABRIC and attach clothespins

Using an accordion fold, fold the fabric. Once folded, attach clothespins along the length of the fabric, directly across from one another. The clothespins serve two purposes:

  1. to hold the fold in place and
  2. create resist points where the fabric will not be dyed.
Shibori clothespin technique by Craftivity Designs

Would you like to try another resist method? Here are 5 easy Shibori techniques to try with supplies you likely have at home!


Next, while wearing rubber gloves, place the folded fabric into the dye bath for 3-5 minutes. The longer the fabric is left in the dye, the more the dye will penetrate the fabric into the folded and resist areas.


Once dyed, remove the folded tablecloth from the dye bath and place it into the (empty) third bucket. Let the excess water and dye drip into the bucket for several minutes.

Shibori dye dripping into bowl by Craftivity Designs


Finally, run the folded fabric under a faucet or hose until the water runs clear. Then, remove the clothespins and open the folded tablecloth to reveal the design! Lay flat to dry.

Tea cup sitting on shibori tablecloth by Craftivity Designs


When you’re all done, brew a hot cup of tea and enjoy your new tablecloth! Don’t need a tablecloth? Make cloth napkins, throw pillows, or hand towels. Of course, that’s just a few ideas… there is an array of options, from decor to fashion and clothing.

DIY Shibori Tablecloth by Craftivity Designs

What’s Next? 

If you enjoyed making a DIY Shibori tablecloth then you’ll enjoy these table decor projects, too!

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