The Easiest Way to Try the Shibori Dyeing Technique

Brittni Mehlhoff
Photo: Rachel Brewer

If I had to choose one DIY trend / technique that I never get tired of, it would have to be dyeing. Mostly because it's a very easy process that (truly) anyone can complete. Plus, the before and after transformation is generally pretty dramatic. There are lots of options when it comes to dyeing too, from traditional dyeing to over-dyeing to dip dyeing, etc. 

The one that I've been most interested in as of late though is Shibori dyeing, which basically means shaping and securing the textile before placing in a dye bath. I've simplified the process to make it easy enough for even the most beginner level DIYer to handle, and used rubber bands to create interesting designs in a matter of minutes. Click through to see how the pillows turned out and do some last minute decorating before the holidays roll around.

 

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Before and After: My Little Boy's Room Makeover

Jennifer Farley
Little Boys Room Makeover

A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.   

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

Diy Maven
Photo: JWS Interiors

Interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt had a HUGE pallet with which to work when confronted with this bedroom. The odd thing is, in the "before" picture, it looks smaller. (Perhaps the furniture placement? The angle of the photograph? Both??) After, we see the room in all its square footage glory. Seriously, how many bedrooms are large enough

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Make It: Vegetable Print Tote Bag

Stephanie Lee
Vegetable print tote bag

I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot of tote bags. In fact my drawers are filled with pretty much every colour, pattern and size imaginable. 

But given that I throw everything into these bags as I run out the door including my gym clothes, craft glues and other items that I don’t want anywhere near my food, I thought it was high time I reserved a bag just for my fresh fruit and vegetables. Click through to grab the printable file and decorate a tote bag of your own!

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