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  • Writer's pictureMadeleine Griege

Natural Dyed Napkins

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

In the spirit of staying home & saving money, I decided to learn the art of natural dying. I learned there are so many fruits & vegetables you can use to naturally dye fabrics. I had turmeric & beets on hand so I decided to experiment with those.


Step 1


For turmeric dye: combine 3-4 cups of water, 2 tbs of white vinegar & 4 tbs of turmeric powder in a pot. Stir & let simmer for 1 hour.


For beet dye: combine 3-4 cups of water, 2 tbs of white vinegar & 3 cups of chopped beet leaf & a quarter of a beet. Combine in a pot. Stir & let simmer for 1 hour.

Step 2


While the dyes are simmering, gather fabrics you want to dye. I used some 100% cotton napkins I already had on hand. After doing some research, I found pre-washed, natural fabrics work best.


For some of my napkins, I decided to clip & rubber band the edges to create a tie-dye affect. This article was helpful for clipping techniques.


Step 3


After the dyes have simmered for 1 hour, strain the excess particles (powder, beet leaves, etc.) out so you are left with just dyed mixture in a new container.


Step 4


Place your fabrics into the dye vats & let sit anywhere from 20 min - 1 hour. The color will continue to get deeper the longer it sits. Keep in mind, once you wash the dye the fabric will lighten.

Step 5


After desired amount of time has elapsed, remove fabrics & rinse until the water runs clear.


Step 6


Air dry in the shade or throw in the dryer to let the color set. after completely dry, I ran mine through a cold rinse cycle in the washing machine & dried in the dryer on high heat.


Overall, I was happier with the result of the turmeric mixture. the items dyed with beets came out a little too light, though still a pretty pink.

Any other tips for natural dying techniques?

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