DIY: SHIBORI CURTAINS + POUF

INDIGO DYED CURTAINS | DEN MOTHER BLOG
INDIGO DYED CURTAINS | DEN MOTHER BLOG
INDIGO DYED CURTAINS | DEN MOTHER BLOG
INDIGO DYED CURTAINS | DEN MOTHER BLOG
INDIGO DYED CURTAINS | DEN MOTHER BLOG
INDIGO DYED CURTAINS | DEN MOTHER BLOG

I wanted to share my process for creating the indigo dyed curtains and pouf  in Z's room. I DIY out of necessity, not pleasure-- these are pieces that can be made on a budget with a little elbow grease!

I knew I wanted to design a nursery around an indigo palette...blue is not only for boys. To me, this ancient pigment is gender neutral and really satisfying in design. I had seen beautiful indigo tie-dyed curtains all over pinterest, but was on a budget...so decided to try to replicate them myself. The pouf came about after I had excess fabric and wanted a versatile piece that would be kid friendly in the nursery.

The curtains and pouf are made with cotton drop-cloth and Indigo dye. You can buy any cotton drop-cloth, just make sure they are long enough and wide enough for your window measurements. You do need to pre-wash the drop cloths, so give yourself extra yardage (1 foot) to accommodate any shrinkage.

I purchased 9x12' drop cloths (found at the local hardware store)...knowing that I wanted to make 4' wide curtain panels and unsure of how much drape I would end up liking. The 12' gave me plenty of extra fabric, which I ended up recyclng into the pouf.

To dye the cotton, I first pre-washed the drop cloths. Then, I sewed up the raw edges (I cut the 9' piece in half for the 4' wide panels) and created a pocket for the curtain rod. This was all done by sewing machine.

I followed the instructions on the box of dye- you need a large bucket and a few tools, like a stirring stick. Then, I placed wide and thin rubber bands along the panels (see above). This is a classic shibori technique also used when tie-dying.

You dip and let dry. Dip and let dry. The more layers of dye, the darker it gets. I had originally envisioned a really dark indigo, but am happy with the aqua color I achieved. I think it actually works better for a kid's room...so, recognize that with natural processes, results do vary. 

For the pouf, I looked up "pouf patterns" on pinterest and selected one that seemed really easy-- you can find it here. There are many patterns that yield the same result. Once I sewed the pouf, I ordered bean bag beads from amazon to fill it. I had to order them twice because you need a deceptively large amount to fill a medium pouf.

All in all, I am really happy with the result! Curtains can be so pricey...drop-cloth fabric makes custom drapery really budget friendly.