My father has a beautiful garden, and since I live about 10 minutes away from my parents I am lucky enough to enjoy his vegetables from his garden. This time of the year, my dad’s garden is producing many vegetables, including beets. I am not a fan of eating beets, but I was recently inspired by House of Lars to use my father’s beautiful beets for a new purpose.
As you may know, thrifting has always been so much fun for me. I am missing many things during this quarantine (as we all are), but I am missing thrifting a lot. I was recently rummaging through my thrift store napkins and I noticed some of them were stained. So I thought about my father’s beets and decided to dye my thrift store napkins the prettiest shade of blush pink to give them new life.
This is a great use for thrift store napkins or any thrift store linens with stains. Thrift store linens are very inexpensive and some have beautiful markings, endearing shapes and patterns. This technique will allow you to give your thrift store napkins character and a high end, custom look for your next party without the cost of it.
This natural dying technique will work on any 100"% cotton linen. For my first attempt, I tried, and failed to dye my fabric because it had 65% polyester, and 35% cotton. The natural dye didn’t stick.
I hope this natural process will inspire you to look around at your own garden, backyard, farmer’s market or grocery store for unconventional ways to personalize well-loved or fresh pieces in your home! The possibilities are endless, and now I am excited to try more colors in the rainbow!