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Indigo Dye Napkins

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Lately I've been all about indigo dye - whether it's on a pillow (I just got some new ones for our couch, which I'll share soon), a flowy dress or incorporated into a tablescape. I decided to try my hand at some napkins, to add a bit of dimension to our table. The directions that came with the kit were pretty straightforward, but I've outlined some of my tips below:


Items needed: a long stirring utensil, 5 gallon bucket and lid, a drop cloth, and gloves (gloves come in the kit, but I suggest having extra pairs). Also fair warning: this stuff is seriously pungent, in an it'll make-your-eyes-water-it's-so-strong kind of way.


Combine the contents of your kit as instructed into the bucket and let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. When the dye is in the bucket covered, it can last for days so invite friends come over to dye some of their old kitchen towels as well.


To achieve different indigo patterns, fold your fabric and secure the folds with rubber bands. Let the fabric soak in water before starting the dye process.


Squeeze the excess water out of the fabric and submerge it into the dye bath. I kept mine submerged for about 30 seconds, gently pressing and moving it around in order to really soak the fabric.


When you take your fabric out of the bath, it will look yellow/green. The longer it stays out of the dye and oxidizes, the more blue it becomes, so just be patient.



I unfolded mine in order to have more oxygen hit the dyed areas.



Hang fabric on a clothesline to dry. After it dries, follow the steps to "set" your dye so that it doesn't bleed.



I paired my new indigo dye napkins with gold flatwear, denim striped placemats and white rununcculas for a bright, springtime table. 


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