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5 DIY Fabric Techniques

5 DIY Fabric Techniques

Try these five fantastic ways to create your own unique fabrics for curtains, clothing, or accessories.


This website is an awesome resource in the age of digital printing. You can upload your own patterns, photos, or images and create a unique fabric for any occasion. There’s a whole variety of fabrics to print on and you can get cheap swatches first to check out the differences.


While this technique is common in the DIY scene, anyone can do it from their own home. Most craft stores like Michael’s and Joanne Fabrics will carry the Diazo emulsion set as well as pre stretched screens. All you need is to provide the image!

Discharge Dye

Though often, this technique is carried out when you least want it, discharge dye is the act of removing color through bleach. When correctly employed, you can make some pretty awesome designs.

Tie Dye

Once considered a hippie trademark, tie dying is a fun, easy project acceptable for anyone. You can pick up RIT dyes at most grocery stores, or make your own dyes using natural materials from your garden and kitchen.


My mom taught me to embroider as a child by following vintage designs for kitchen cloths, but I’ve known a lot of people, both men and women who have taken up the practice much later in life and for a variety of purposes. While there’s a library of stitches, a needle, thread, and your intuition can give you a great start.

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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.


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9:49AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Loved doing Tie Dye at school. Thanks.

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6:05AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

It great to create your own patterns and colors.

11:15PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank you:)

10:14AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

3:54AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


10:16PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks for this

1:37PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks for sharing im excited to try them all out!

11:00AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Sounds like loads of fun --

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