There's nothing nicer than a proper napkin, (Well, lots of things are just as nice, but in the napkin department, fabric wins over paper any day in my book!)
I've been admiring all the beautiful dip dyed napkins on Pinterest recently, and decided Christmas was the perfect opportunity to make some.
Gather together your supplies, including any trim if you fancy it. It's quite a messy job, so if you have the luxury of a garden, in the summer, then that's probably better than trying not to dye your bathroom in the depths of winter!
I used an old section of fabric, and an some new fabric. Give your fabric a wash first whether it's new or old.
I've used Dylon dye, mainly because it's so easy to get hold of, but also it's the one I've been using since my school days! I chose Tulip Red for my Christmas napkins. The image on the pack looked exactly the shade I wanted.
Here are my fabrics, washed and ironed. I then cut them up into squares ready for dying.
Grab your first napkin, and completely soak it in clean water, this part is crucial to getting the dye to creep up the napkin and make a lovely water colour effect. I then squeezed the excess clean water out, and re-folded my napkin up so it would fit in the bowl.
Dip just one end of your fabric into the dye bath, and give it a little wriggle around, this will help the dye to cling to the fabric, and will ensure you don't have a solid water line, it will look a little more natural and soft.
The images above and below show the natural seepage of the dye up the napkin. I love how it looks like watercolour, and fades into the white section.
My fabric is folded in half with ways, and then folded in half again, so the middle is the white section, but both ends are dyed red.
I really like the way the dye has faded into the fabric, if you like yours a little neater, then you might be able to fill in the gaps with some dye by dropping it onto the patches.
I wanted mine to be rustic and unique, so I left them like this.
Let the excess dye drip from the bottom of the fabric. If it was summer I would recommend you hang them outside on a line to dry, making sure they don't touch each other, as the dye will transfer.
As it is winter, and dark outside, I popped mine over a bucket to drip.
Then I gave them a quick rinse. You can see the colour difference between my two fabrics, one set look more pinky than red. Again I don't mind this, (I want to make a whole rainbow of them this summer, so they can all be different!), but if you want a matching set, cut them all from the same fabric.
Then I let just the ends of the napkins sit back in the dye bath for about ten minutes. This was to make sure they looked really vibrant once they had been washed.
Again, let the excess dye drip off and dry them out.
Now you are done! YAY!
I folded my napkins up on the plate, and popped some pompom trim around it as a finishing touch.
I really love these napkins, they are really easy to make and look lovely when folded up and decorated.
I would love to see your dip dyed napkins! I can't wait to make some flamingo pink ones for my birthday next year!