Double Dip Dyed Napkin Set

Napkin Set- Easy DIY & safe to machine wash too! We've experimented with dip dying several times here on ABM. It's so fun and something that can be done in just a few hours at home. The effect is beautiful, delicate and unique to each piece! When creating this napkin set (we got our 8-pack of white napkins from Target), we experimented with several different techniques, dye times and colors to find the prettiest and longest lasting results. Follow these instructions carefully, and you can machine wash these napkins too! Here's what we did…Dip Dye Step 1Step 1: We used the stove top method for dip dyeing and added 1 part dye to 8 parts water and 1/8 cup of salt to help set the dye. You can use liquid or powder dye, we used both. Once the dye is hot, wet your napkin with water and fold your napkin in half. Dip the bottom 2/3 of your folded napkin into the dye, leaving the top folded edge un-dyed. Dip Dye Step 2Step 2: Rinse the napkin in cold water as you squeeze out excess dye, but make sure to rinse with the folded white area of the napkin at the top near the faucet so all the extra dye drains away from your white area. 

Dip Dye Step 3Step 3: Allow the napkin to dry on a drying rack while you add more dye to your original dye mixture. You’ll want to increase the dye ratio to about 3 parts dye to 8 parts water, but you can do more or less depending on how dark you want the final color. Once the napkin is halfway dry, dip the bottom third into the darker dye and repeat the rinsing process again. The salt that we mixed in with the dye should help set the color, so you should be able to machine wash your napkins on a delicate cycle (with cold water) with minimal loss of dye (make sure to wash the napkins separately from other items the first few times through the machine).

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Dip dye tank top We tried this same technique on a plain white tank top. Yea… we're a little addicted now! :) 

xo. Elsie 

  • Hey! I know this is totally random but do you remember where you got your flatware? I have been scouring for the perfect set (I’m moving into my first apartment soon!) and LOVE yours!

  • A great post. Inwould be trying to do the same over the weekend and gift it to my wife. Will mail the final pictures to you.

    Till then cya from

  • Hi ladies,

    Thanks for posting this DIY! I loved it so much it inspired my latest blog post ( It was a lot trickier than I’d expected, but turned out well in the end. I hope you’ll have a look and fill me in on how you were able to achieve such even colour and transition.


  • Jenna- it’s true that this project has been done quite a lot online (and in retail stores- these were actually inspired by something we saw in a retail store) I should check through my old pins more often, but this project was totally a coincidence and not some kind of sly “copy cat” thing. We love Design Sponge and credit them here constantly for all kinds of stuff. I am approving your comment and responding to it just so you can see that we’re not hiding anything. 🙂 Similar projects happen in the DIY/blog world all the time. We try to credit others when the idea or technique came from them and we appreciate it when other do the same. With that said, we don’t always remember everything we’ve seen/pinned… especially when it’s a major trend that’s popping up everywhere. 🙂 Hope that makes sense! We really do try very VERY hard to always be fair and honest around here. That is very important to us. 🙂

  • I think you did a great job with these, it just seems really unfair that you don’t give credit where credit is due. You pinned ths exact idea 7 months ago on Pinterest from …I know you won’t approve this comment but please give the ones you found the idea from the recognition they deserve. You would have wanted it when you were starting out and not some big name blog like you are now. Don’t take the as a personal attack, I really do enjoy your blog, but please, please, treat others how you’d like to be treated. God bless.

  • Love the idea of all of the colors, and the simple ways to make napkins!


  • I love that simple gold flatware! Pretty please tell me where it is from! 🙂

    • We do this in our country too. Tie and dye or rather the Bandhani print. Awesome idea actually for a DIY at home. I was looking for some new ideas to spend my time at home. And this indeed is a lovely one. I wonder how I missed it so long ?

  • I made them this weekend for my friends Bridal Shower. They came out beautiful and she loved them. Thank you for the idea!!

  • I aboslolutely love these! Such a lovely effect. I’d love to do this to a whole table cloth!

  • Apparently this technique is liked and accepted by my boyfriend. He said he’d definitely like it in the house so I’m going to make some tea towels like this!

  • I love the colors you chose for those napkins! Would it be Rit Dye that you used? They came out beautiful. Imagine a tablecloth done this way on a round table…to die for. This is my first time on your blog and am looking forward to perusing it! 🙂

  • Such a great idea, cant wiat to make some of these. they look gorgeous!!


  • love the idea so much, wow! having a desire to try it 🙂

  • I just bought a white tank today. Definitely going to try this DIY on it 😀

  • Sooo cool I have to try it both ways the napkins and the tank!!

    Shopaholic Undercover

  • Very cool. Whoever said it would be nice on a tote bag.. I totally agree! Have you guys ever done a DIY post on batik?

  • I’ve been wanting to ombre dye something for quite a while, this is a perfect idea! Great project, as always!


  • I NEED to do something like this! These are precious. We just use papertowels in my house but I’m feelin like gettin a little fancy!

  • This is one of the first DIYs that I’ve seen when I think to myself, I can actually do this (well) and with very few materials. Really excited to try this one. It could make for a great homemade gift, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • oooh love this DIY… so simple but really cool..curtains… sheets.. anything could be done!

  • What brand of dye did you guys use? I love the vibrant colors and would love to experiment dip-dying an old sweater of mine 🙂

  • Such a great DIY! They have white napkins over at the dollar store, I love myself a cheap DIY project 🙂

  • Hi Katie!
    We dipped them for about ten seconds each time, hope that helps!

    ABM Team Member

  • Hi Anna!
    I wouldn’t use food dye for this, just get fabric dye from your craft store 🙂

    ABM Team Member

  • Do you have to keep whatever you are dying in the dye for a certain amount of time? Or once you dip the fabric into the dye you immediately take it out to rinse it?

  • Glori- hi! The white napkins are from Target, they come in a pack of 8. 🙂 xo!

  • I LOVE THESEEEE! Where did you get the white napkins? They look nice and thick, although I don’t want to spend much on them in case I mess up… Thanks!

  • I do this the other way round, I mix my powder and water, dip in my fabric, leaving the top hanging over the bucket, then add more water every half hour or so. Easypeasy!

  • I think I could do this with headbands when I teach Pilates classes 🙂 Thnx so much for the good ideas!

  • Love this idea! I especially like that the end result is a set of napkins that are a set, but still very different. So darling!


  • What a brilliant idea. Looks so classy!!


  • I love love love the colours!! But I must try the wax resist technique first before this. IK!!

  • You know what? Your blog is just amaaazing! I love it, it’s so inspiring! The subjects, the photos, the colors, you… love all of it 🙂 Congrats!

  • Question: Would food dye work for this or does it have to be regular dye? Please let me know! Thanks!

  • This is soooooooo awesome! I love the idea, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Love the napkins! I might also do a plain, white canvas backpack like this.

  • I am definitely going to try this at home!

  • That is great and I did it too. Have a nice day.

  • Stunning! Great idea!
    Have a beautiful weekend and THANK YOU for a blog that genuinely makes me happy every time I read it.
    I don’t always get a chance to comment, but I adore your posts!

  • once you started dip dying you never stop! i know, i can tell!!! great colours.

  • LOVE – LOVE – LOVE this look. And it’s easy to do at home.


  • What a great idea! Where did you get the plain napkins?

    Ombre all the way

  • gorgeous! i want to do this with tanks too!
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  • That tank top! And the green colour as absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to try this.

  • I love this idea. It looks so much softer with the ombre affect.

    xo Lisa

  • While reading the beginning I was like… hmmm maybe it would work on a tank top, and then there it was. I LOVE IT!

    PINNING! (in my Charlie Sheen voice)

  • Elsie, you can get a softer ombré blend from dye to white fabric by dampening the fabric first, it needs to be wetter around the area where the ombré will blend into lightest colour to white.
    Dip into dye to *almost* to the amount you want covered for a few seconds- you will see the dye rising through the fabric above where it was dipped. Then to create the ombré look simply dip the fabric back into the dye a bit lower down from this point. Lift the fabric a little more out of the dye every few minutes- no need to strengthen the dye- simply leave it in for longer each time until the darkest colour of he ombré is achieved. I’m a textile designer and I use this technique in my studio!

  • I really like this idea on a tank top. Just might give it a try.

  • Really like the dip-dye effect, would love to try out on a white tank top as well!

  • This looks fun! I think bigger scale could be really cool, too, like a sheet set.


  • Such a cool technique! Fun update from tie dye for summer! I will certainly be doing this! (A dress would be fun too!)

    Juliette Laura

  • Cool idea, they look so pretty! Keeo the awesome posts comming! 🙂


  • Love the rainbow colours! That would be such a good way to refresh stained tea towels. I wonder if it could be done with natural dyes, e.g. beetroot?


  • Very cute! You could use this technique on almost anything.

  • great idea! i love dip dye tutorials:)

  • So fun! I love this idea for a change of table setting for spring and summer! Plus I recieved so many white tea towels for my wedding that I could easily transform.

    Thanks for sharing!



  • These look gorgeous! They would make such a great housewarming gift. And I love this technique; there are definitely endless possibilities with this 🙂


  • Love the teal napkin!

  • That tank top is so sweet! There’s a project for the weekend sorted…

    Mary |

  • These are absolutely beautiful! I love visiting this blog. Always brightens my day:)

  • Do the colors bleed when you machine wash them? Just curious if the white ends up all sorts of different colors when washed.

  • I love the idea of doing it to a tank top. It looks so cute 🙂

    Carina xx

  • I love doing these! we made ombre t shirts like this last summer, using the same magenta and teal that you did, but they didn’t come out as vibrant. did that happen because you did the process twice?

  • I have a cute eyelet dress I have been wanting to try this technique on. Maybe this weekend I will actually get around to it.

  • I made a tea towel for a friend and dip dyed it just like this and it turned out great! These would make awesome gifts too ♥

    xx Ashleigh

    • When you washed them, did the color bleed to the top white part? For some reason, I wasn’t able to get the white to remain when I washed them cold water delicate cycle?

  • Love the look of the napkins! The tank top is cute too and I think this would look nice on a canvas bag too.


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