Make your own beautiful dip dyed placemats and napkins for your next event. In this case, I wanted a custom Thanksgiving tablescape and chose a gorgeous autumnal color theme, but the choice is entirely up to you! It's a fun way to bring your own personality and style to a table setting any way you like.
Learn How To Make Dip Dyed Fabric Napkins and Placemats
By Emma Jeffery
- Classic Stick Rotary Cutter features a rolling 45 mm blade that cuts multiple layers and holds fabric flat for accurate, straight cuts without jagged edges
- Extra-large 18" x 24" Cutting Mat features an easy-to-read measuring grid and a self-healing, double-sided surface for lasting value
- 6" x 24" clear Acrylic Ruler lets you see where you’re cutting and includes highlighted seam allowances for strip cutting and a grid for simplified shape cutting
- Store mat flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean mat with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty on all tools
- 3 Piece Rotary Cutting Set
- Ideal for cutting a wide variety of materials including denim, silk and multiple layers of fabric
- High-grade, precision-ground, stainless-steel blades offer a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip
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- Bent handle design keeps material flat for mistake-free cutting
- Length: 8"
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- The Original Orange-handled Scissors™ (8")
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Cotton fabric - prewashed
Sewing machine and thread
Fabric dye and associated supplies. Check dye manufacturer's recommendations.
Fusible interfacing (for the placemats)
Iron and ironing board
What is dip dyeing?
Dip dyeing is a process similar to tie dyeing where you dip your fabric into a bucket or container of dye in order to get an ombred effect. You leave certain parts of the fabric out of the container and away from the dye and allow the dye to crawl up the fabric fibers, leaving the strongest die mark near the location of the fabric that has been fully submerged and a weaker hue as it slowly inches outward on the fabric. You can choose any color of your liking and allow the gradient to be stronger or weaker depending on the amount of time you leave your fabric in the dye.
Dip Dye Napkins and Placemats Tutorial:
Step1. Cut the fabric. Use the
Fiskars® Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (45mm) and Fiskars® Acrylic Ruler (6” x 24”) found in the
Fiskars® 3 Piece Rotary Cutting Set to cut fabric pieces measuring 18.5” x 14.5”. You will need two pieces of fabric for each placemat. For the napkins, cut two pieces of fabric each measuring 18.5” x 18.5” for each napkin. Use the
Fiskars® Cutting Mat (18” x 24”) to protect the surface you are cutting on.
I wanted a more rustic look to my final projects, so I picked a fabric I knew would have frayed ends once cut, but I needed to clean up the edges just a bit. Use the
Fiskars® Original Orange-handled Scissors™ to trim any loose threads that need to be removed.
Step 2. Dip dye the fabric. Follow the manufacturer's directions for dyeing one piece of fabric for each placemat or napkin. To achieve a dip dyed effect, leave one end of the fabric in the dye, allowing the dye to seep towards the top. Wash and dry the dyed fabric pieces according to the dye manufacturer's directions.
Step 3. Apply the fusible interfacing. For the placemats, apply the fusible interfacing to each dyed piece of fabric. Napkins do not need interfacing.
Step 4. Sew the placemats and napkins. Take one dyed fabric piece and one un-dyed backing fabric piece and place them with right sides facing each other. Pin the fabrics together, then sew around the perimeter with a 1/2” seam allowance. Leave a 6” hole unsewn in one side for turning.
Step 5. Trim the seam allowance and clip corners. Use your scissors to trim the seam allowance to 1/4” and clip the corners. Then turn the placemats and napkins to the right side through the hole in the side.
Step 6. Finish the placemats and napkins. Press the placemats and napkins with an iron and make sure the raw edge of the turning hole is tucked towards the inside. Topstitch around the entire perimeter of the placemats and napkins, sewing the hole closed as you do so.
Dip Dye vs. Tie Dye
I stated earlier that dip dyeing is similar to tie dyeing, but the processes and end outcomes are not entirely the same. For dip dyeing, the end outcome is much more organic. Generally, you choose the color and the location on which you want the color to be left on your fabric, but that’s about as far as the planning goes. With tie dyeing, you can be much more strategic in your final project. You can section off different areas to hold a certain pattern, and most tie dye projects carry lots of different colors whereas your dip dye project will likely show off just one main color with varying hues.