Every year, I make a handmade holiday gift for my coworkers and our kids’ teachers. I love bringing them into school and the office and spreading joy! I’ll list all the past ones at the bottom, so you have more ideas!
This years’s project is shibori-dyed zipper pouches. These have so many uses – as a mini clutch purse or a case for pencils, toiletries, jewelry, phone chargers and earbuds, etc.!
I think I’ve always loved the look of shibori – which makes perfect sense, since I love all things blue and white, fabric and paper.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Zippered pouches (8.3 x 5.75 inches)
- Rit fabric dye – I used navy, as well as trying black and fuschia. (Traditional shibori is done with indigo dye)
- Depending on the patterns you choose: popsicle sticks, rubber bands, cardboard, string
Here’s how to do it:
I’ve got more instructions back in this post on shibori dyeing.
Rolled with string
Rubber band circles
As promised, a list of past teacher/coworker gifts:
- Stenciled canvas tote bags
- Mini magnet boards
- Block-printed tea towels
- Dip-dyed cooking utensils
- Gifts in a jar
I think I have next year’s idea already, but I’m not telling yet…
Julie aka “Jewels”