DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins

Time: 30 minutes + wash time
Materials: cotton napkins, rubber bands, bleach, bucket, gloves, sink + washer

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)I’ve recently been obsessing over all the indigo dyeing tutorials floating around lately, when it hit me. Why not try a similar technique, but with bleach so it can be used on colored cloth? I wasn’t sure how it’d turn out when I started, but I’m pretty happy with the results. This process is great if you want to give old or stained napkins new life. Plus it only takes about thirty minutes to do a full set. What’s not to love about that?!! Here’s how:

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)Fold your napkins and tie together with rubber bands, similar to what you would do with shibori dyeing. If you haven’t tried that before, this tutorial is great! I found that the triangle fold worked the best for this process; the final purple napkin you see is actually the navy blue one in the photo above.

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)Do the following process, one napkin at a time:

Dip napkin into the bucket that contains diluted bleach. I recommend wearing gloves for this step to avoid bleach getting into any cuts on your hand (or having your hands stink for the rest of the day). Wring out and set aside. Once you notice the color starting to turn, takes about 1-2 minutes, rinse immediately and toss in the wash. The longer you let the bleach set, the more faded your napkin will be. The design won’t be as noticeable if you should leave the bleach on for too long, so you’ll want to be present during the entire process.

Once your napkins are clean, iron and then use!

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Bleach Dyed Napkins (click through for full tutorial!)

 

  • Jaxty

    You didn’t show any of the other colors. How did they turn out?

    • Hey Jaxty!

      I did some testing with the other ones (for how long to leave the bleach on). The lighter purple one was from 1-2 minutes, the lighter purple was 3-4 minutes, and the two orange ones were were 5 minutes. Hopefully this helps give you a visual of how long you want to leave the bleach on for!

  • I love these! What was your ratio to dilute the bleach?

  • Carrie Waller

    How smart!! I love how they turned out!