Shibori Notebooks

December 12, 2014

Shibori Notebooks (11 of 15)

 A couple of Saturdays ago, my bestie came over. We made beeswax candles, covered notebooks with shibori, ate a Moroccan tagine and tracked down a Knafeh pop up store 30 minutes away. Absolutely raging Saturday night. I’m planning to put the notebooks and the candles together for Christmas gifts. If you’re my friend {you should look away now}, there is a 97% chance that’s what you’re getting.

Shibori Notebooks (9 of 15)

I’ve put together this little tutorial for the Shibori notebooks. We dyed the Shibori ourselves, but really, any fabric would work here. Get your bestie over immediately for some festive crafting!

You will need:

  • Natural calico {or any other fabric}
  • Navy Blue or Indigo Dye {I used the easy Rit packets}
  • Elastics, clips, dowel, twigs, twine, paddlepop sticks and any other Shibori paraphernalia
  • Plain notebooks {I got mine from Officeworks for CHEAP!}
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Brush

What you need to do:

1. Prepare your calico. Cut the fabric to the size of the notebooks you have bought, adding a 2cm border on all sides.

2. Now get it ready for dyeing. Check out what I did below, but really, anything goes. Do a bit of research and see what you like. My favourite is the triangle folds.

Shibori Notebooks (1 of 15)

3. Dye your fabric according to the instructions, every dye varies so I will bot bore you with what I did. Allow it to dry.

4. Spread one cover of the notebook with fabric glue. Firmly press the fabric on top and smooth it out. Repeat for the other side. See pictures below.

PicMonkey Collage

 5. Cut triangles from the top and bottom of the spine then cut off the corners of the fabric. Covering school books style. Paint some glue on the edges of the inside cover and glue down. See pictures below.

PicMonkey Collage2

6. And voila! You’ve covered your notebook. Do you feel like you’re back at the night before school started? And you’re a bit sad because you have the ugly hologram contact? Except you’re not, you have a lovely shibori notebook.

Shibori Notebooks (15 of 15) Shibori Notebooks (14 of 15)

 Erin xx

8 thoughts on “Shibori Notebooks

  1. Felicity

    So many elements of wonderful in this post Erin. Am looking forward to trying out the Shibori technique over the hole – duly pinned for when my crafting mojo strikes!

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