A couple summers ago I was lucky enough to be part of Western Living’s The Next Home Stylist, which was a contest for the Canadian Home Shows. The top three finalists were put to the test with different DIY projects, inspiration boards and styling. I was very grateful for the opportunity and had a blast creating!
Here is the step by step tutorial for the DIY Shibori Shade Sail I made during The Next Home Stylist competition. Can you believe this only cost $20 to make? All the materials you need can be found at the hardware store and your local sewing shop. I had so much fun creating this piece for our yard and it turned out to be a real show stopper! Whenever I was in the yard people would stop and ask about it. I will show you two different techniques we used to shibori dye the shade sail, you can use one or both.
STEP 1: THE MATERIALS
I bought the rope and canvas drop sheet from Home Hardware, the other materials from a sewing store in Vancouver call Dressew. Rubber gloves are key! You don’t want blue hands.
STEP 2: FORAGE
The best part about this project was Mark and I went on a walk to gather the pieces we needed! It was fun to find sticks and rocks to use for the piece. Curious how we used these to create the Shibori pattern, keep reading!
Step 3: THE DESIGN
As you can probably tell from my other DIY projects, I am kind of a perfectionist, or at least try to be! The idea of a random design was a little overwhelming, but fun! First I laid out the rocks so I could visually see where everything would be placed. The rocks create the ring design.
Step 4: TIE THE ROCKS IN PLACE
I started with the rocks as it was easier to lay those pieces out first and fit the sticks in-between. All you have to do is wrap the string around the bottom of the rock. Where the string is will stay white. If you want the white ring to be larger or smaller add more or less string.
Step 5: TIE AND CUT
After you have wrapped enough string on the bottom, you can tie and cut, remember the part underneath the string will be white, so make it as thin or thick as you want.
Step 6: STEP BACK AND CHECK OUT YOUR CREATION
Here is a good time to take a break, as you can see there was wine. By laying out the drop cloth again, you can see where there are spaces, and can visualize where to add the other design.
Step 7: ADD THE STICKS IN THE EMPTY SPACES
Again remember where the string is will be white and the rest will be blue. The stick will create a circle with lines, a little different than the rock, but adds a nice contrast.
Step 8: THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Here is what your canvas drop cloth will look like before the indigo dye!
Step 9: GET THE MATERIAL WET
Submerge the wrapped material in warm water before dying.
Step 10: ADD THE DYE
Add the dye to the water, submerge the canvas and let sit for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. I was using a blue dye and not the traditional Shibori dye, so I left it longer.
Step 11: RINSE
Rinse the saturated canvas in warm water with salt to set the dye (not sure if this works but why not)
Step 12: REMOVE THE STRING
This is the most satisfying part!
Step 13: SEE THE PATTERN UNFOLD
It looks so cool to see what the pattern turned out as, compared to how it was wrapped.
STEP 14: LET DRY AND ADD RIVETS
Since I wanted to hang this, I didn’t simply want to cut a hole in the fabric so added a rivet. The kit was really easy to use.
Step 15: ADD STRING AND HANG
I’ll let you in on a little secret, I steamed the material once it was fully dry. It was a little wrinkled after the dying process, and this made such a difference.
The colour was so vibrant and beautiful. Perfect for creating shade in any yard or patio, big or small. To make one for your own space, make sure to purchase a canvas drop cloth that will fit your space. This DIY was fun and simple to make, plus it made a real statement in the yard.
Dinner Al Fresco! It was the perfect time to host a dinner party with the lights and shade sail! They created such a lovely atmosphere to dine under. Thinking of hosting your own dinner outside, check out my 20 Minute Table Setting tip sheet, so you can save time and get right to the party!
HOW MUCH DID IT COST? You know this is my favorite part!
$15 – Canvas Drop Sheet (found in the paint aisle)
$1.99 – Box of dye
$2.99 – Rivets
Free – Rocks, sticks, and thread
Setting up a dinner party in the yard was absolutely wonderful. Do you want to create your own DIY Drink Sticks, check out the ones I made for this table setting. They add a little bit of fun and bring all the colours together.
Although I used the antlers to create the floral centrepiece for the dinner al fresco, you could also try a small floral garland. They are easy to make and don’t require a lot of flowers in order to make. Check out my DIY Floral Garland and make one for your next dinner party.
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