Hand Dyed Indigo Napkins – Making it
Spring this year came a little sooner than usual. Then it kind of waved us goodbye again and the temperature dropped. But now, it is officially Spring and that gets us thinking about outside dining, cookouts, and afternoons by the pool. I have been wanting to hand dye a couple of home items for quite some time. From placemats, to throw quilts or pillow cases. So, the other day I wore my plastic blue gloves and finally did it. Making hand dyed indigo napkins is a fun way to add more pattern and color to the table setting making the next mealtime a little extra special.
1- Napkins (you can order the same ones I used here, or use what you have in your home)
2- Tie dye kit (I recommend this one here because it comes with the dye as well as a couple of tools, like the rubber bands, gloves, popsicle sticks and square wooden pieces)
4- Large bucket
To create this gorgeous and uneven pattern you will need a popsicle stick, two rubber bands, and napkin. Place the popsicle stick on the edge of the napkin and roll it until it looks like the image below. Attach two rubber bands to one side. And you are ready to dye. One very important thing to note is that to achieve the desired pattern, you will immerse the napkin (side with the rubber bands) into the dye but leave about 2 to 3 inches off the dye.
This might be my favorite pattern. To create this pattern you will need clothespins and napkin. Fold your napkin three times and place your pins like the image below. To make this particular pattern you will immerse the whole napkin into the dye.
This is a super easy pattern to make. Just roll your napkin like the image below and attached two rubber bands to it. When immersing the napkin into the dye make sure you leave about 3 inches off the dye so the edges stay white.
To create pattern #4, you will need to be up for a folding game. Just kidding, it is pretty easy. All you have to do is to accordion fold your napkin until you make it into a narrow band, then fold it four times until you end up with a small square shape. Attach one rubber band to hold it in place and fully immerse it into the dye.
This pattern is very similar to pattern #4. But this time, after you accordion fold the napkin, you will only fold it three times to create a broader pattern. I also used the square wooden block that came with my kit and secured it with two rubber bands like the image below. You can fully immerse the napkin into the dye to achieve this look.
Make sure you follow the dye instruction that came with the tie dye kit. It is pretty easy. Once the dye is ready, start immersing your napkins into it and watch as the magic happens. When you remove the napkins from the dye, they will look yellow/greenish. Don’t panic. As the napkins dry, they turn into the blue color you see on the photos. After your pieces have dried, you can wash them and you are all set!
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