DIY // overdyed napkins

Guys, do you realize Thanksgiving is just one week away!? It seems likes the holidays are just coming around every year faster and faster. I love to decorate, so there’s always a lot of pressure to put a new spin on things. That’s why I’m so excited about this DIY.

I’ve been dying to do a project using overyding (I crack myself up), it’s such a great way to mix pattern and color. So for an easy way to give your holiday table-scape a quick refresh, try overdying an old set of napkins for a whole new look in half an hour.

DIY overdyed napkins //



  • plastic tub
  • measuring cup
  • metal spoon

Before you begin, make sure to wash your fabric on hot to remove any grease or grime and prepare the fibers for your dye bath.

DIY overdyed napkins //

Start by mixing a tablespoon of powdered dye with roughly a 1/4 cup of warm water until it begins to form a paste. Next, add the dye mixture to 2 1/2 gallons of warm water, then stir in the table salt until completely dissolved.

Now for the fun part! Completely submerge your napkins and allow to soak in the dye bath for 5-10 minutes. Stir once halfway through and make sure all of your fabric is completely covered.

DIY overdyed napkins //

Now that your fabric has taken on its new shade, it’s time to set the dye. For this, dissolve 4 tablespoons of soda ash in hot, almost boiling water. Add the soda solution to the tub and allow to soak for at least 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it soaks, the deeper the color will be.

Once complete, rinse with warm water to remove excess dye and wash with a mild detergent to set the dye. Air dry and you’re ready to set the perfect table!

DIY overdyed napkins //

Project and styling by Gwen McKenzie for Jojotastic.

Photography by Meghan Klein

pssst… more DIY projects right this way!

Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this over dyed napkins tutorial! And if you make some, be sure to post a photo and tag @jojotastic on Instagram so we can see.

Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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