A few years ago, I had to plan my sister’s kitchen tea
party and was struggling to think of an original idea for the party favors to
give to the ladies. When I found this great DIY idea, I thought this would have
made a great gift. I also believe it would be perfect for
linen tea towels as I
don't really use place mats at home. This would also make a great house warming
gift or wedding reception decor! I really love the ombre affect (that is all the
rage at the moment.) The texture of the linen looks really pretty, and each
placemat has it’s own unique look.
All you need is for this project is:
- Heavy weight
linen tea towels
- Fabric dye
- Soda ash and
- Plastic tub
- Two plastic
- Two wood craft
- Plastic spoon
- Measuring spoon (do not use utensils also
used for cooking with dye)
Combine 2 teaspoons of dye & a small amount of water in plastic cup.
Stir with wood stick to create a paste and completely dissolve dye
(this step prevents “freckles” of undissolved dye on
Combine dye mix with about 8 cups of water, ½ cup salt, and 2 tablespoons
of soda ash in the plastic tub.
follow more precise dyeing instructions on the
Stir with plastic spoon until everything is completely dissolved.
Hold placemat above plastic tray and lower one end into dye bath, keeping
as straight as possible. Submerge about 2-3 inches and let dye penetrate for a
Remove fabric and set on a piece of plastic to dry. The dye will continue
creeping up the fabric a bit while drying.
Complete tutorial found here at designlovefest.