two simple shibori flowers

Two satisfyingly simple shibori flowers for you to make

two simple shibori flowers

I am going to share with you today two designs for very simple shibori flowers. You will need dextrous fingers but they just use very simple stitching to create the patterns.

 Start with a piece of fabric 25cm or 10” square.  I have drawn a circle 17cm or 6 ¾” on the centre of the fabric. You can use my design to trace over and create your template. It is important to make the 5 divisions equal, no guessing, to make a successful pattern!

Please look at my blog and video to give you tips and insight in to how to create with shibori. I will describe each flower in turn though the instructions are quite similar.

Simple Shibori Flowers Instructions

Creating Flower 1

shibori flower 1

1. Draw the pattern of the simple shibori flower onto your fabric using a washable fabric marker.

drawing for shibori flower pattern
Drawing for simple shibori flower pattern 1

2. Start by folding the fabric exactly in half for each individual petal. First stitch the outline of the whole petal with simple running stitches through two layers of fabric starting at the centre of the flower. Using a small cotton tag tied in the end of thread to stop the thread pulling through when you come to pull the stitching up.

Stitching for shibori flower 1
Stitching for shibori flower 1

3. Next sew a short line of stitching along the fold through two layers of fabric which makes the pattern in the petal. Again start at the centre of the flower and stitch away from the centre. This all makes it so much easier when you gather it up.

4. Repeat this, four more times, for each petal.

5. Then gather up your stitching tightly and evenly and tie another tag in the end of each row of your stitching to secure it.  It is ready for dyeing.

Creating Flower 2

Shibori flower 2

1. Draw the pattern of the simple shibori flower onto your fabric using a washable fabric marker.

Outline for shibori flower 2
Outline drawing for simple shibori flower 2

2. Start by folding the fabric exactly in half for each individual petal. First stitch the outline of the whole petal with simple running stitches through two layers of fabric starting at the centre of the flower. Using a small cotton tag tied in the end of thread to stop the thread pulling through when you come to pull the stitching up.

Stitching for shibori flower 2
Stitching for shibori flower 2

3. Next sew a short line of stitching along the fold through two layers of fabric which makes the pattern in the petal. Again start at the centre of the flower and stitch away from the centre. This all makes it so much easier when you gather it up.

4. Repeat this, four more times, for each petal.

5. Then gather up your stitching tightly and evenly and tie another tag in the end of each row of your stitching to secure it.  It is ready for dyeing.

Ready for Dyeing

Here are the two flower designs all gathered up and ready for dyeing.

Simple shibori flowers gathered for dyeing
Simple shibori flowers gathered for dyeing

For these patterns I used Rit dye which is easy and quick to use as it is a liquid but the pattern will work well with indigo or other natural dyes.

What’s Next?

You can go on and explore many variations on this pattern, making the petals different shapes and adding more details. I will post again with some other suggestions.

Hope you have some fun playing with these designs. Do let me see what you get up to.