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Rit - How to Make Shibori Dyed Beach Towel

Posted on May 28 2021

Rit - How to Make Shibori Dyed Beach Towel

Rit - How to Make Shibori Dyed Beach Towel

Shared from: Rit blog   Dated: 6th April 2019 

Rit - How to Make Shibori Dyed Beach Towel

We are all about having fun in the sun. And this truly unique shibori dyed beach towel is the perfect accessory! Whether you’re kicking it by the pool or on a tropical beach, you’re sure to make a splash with this colourful and hip new towel.

  • White Beach Towel
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Indigo Used Here or Royal Blue.
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • Rubber Bands
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Large Plastic Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
  • 1 Hour


  • Beginne
1. Prewash beach towel in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
2. Lay flat. Gather fabric in random sections and secure the pinch tightly with a rubber band. This is what creates the circle effect. 
3. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 1/2 cup of well-shaken Indigo  or Royal Blue dye with 3 gallons of hot tap water in a large plastic container.
4. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. Stir well.
5. Submerge beach towel in the dyebath.
Rit - How to Make Shibori Dyed Beach Towel
6. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even colour with no splotches.
7. Towel can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour.
8. When desired colour is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
9. Before removing the rubber bands, we strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative on the dyed beach towel. It enhances the colour, increases colour retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow package instructions.
10. Rinse bound towel under cold water until water runs clear.
11. Carefully remove rubber bands with a scissors and unfold the fabric. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
Rit - How to Make Shibori Dyed Beach Towel


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