Looking for a way to make your next dinner party sparkle? This shibori napkin DIY is the ticket. Crafted by Something Vintage Rentals, it’s a quick and easy refresh for your napkin situation that will add color and pattern and the loveliest hand-dyed quality to your tablescape. They’re breaking down the easy steps below and for more of this pretty party captured by Anne Robert, head to the vault!
The Something Vintage Rentals Team and La Fleur du Jour set out to style an intimate dinner honoring the guests of Restoratives Republic, a vodka bourbon distillery serving craft cocktails in the heart of DC.
We began with a large, open industrial space, so adding warmth was imperative. It can be challenging to make elements like cement and steel seem cozy, but when paired with natural accents of leather and amber wood, the space took on a much warmer feel.
We furthered the casual intimacy with shibori napkins hand-dyed in indigo and a simple leather and walnut accent. Using one long row of farm tables really helped anchor the wide open space, and brought easy conversation between guests.
Our Chief Inventory Curator, Tiffany created this DIY tutorial on how to make shibori napkins like we used at Restoratives Republic at home. Shibori is a Japanese technique of resist dyeing fabric resulting in unique shapes and patterns on the material. There are tons of different patterns you can make using this technique and we chose a triangle-inspired pattern for these napkins.
White cotton napkins or flour sack towels (make sure they are cotton)
Indigo dye kit
Start by mixing your bucket of indigo dye according to the package instructions.
Create the shibori pattern of your choice by folding the napkin then using the rubber bands to bind it in place. We chose to fold our napkins into a triangle, then used rubber bands on each of the corners. You can do it in a square, rectangle, or other shape—the possibilities are endless!
Dip the whole napkin in water to fully saturate it. 4. Next, dip the areas of the napkin you want to be indigo into the vat of dye. We chose to dip just the three sides of the towel, never fully submerging it, to get the design we wanted. You can experiment to see which look you prefer. A bucket of dye will make a million napkins!
Take the fabric out of the dye. It will have a green hue at first,, but after it is exposed to oxygen, it will turn dark blue.
When you open up your piece you’ll see the areas the dye was not able to penetrate and the amazing pattern it created!
Rinse the napkin in cold water until the water runs clear.
The result is a one-of-a-kind bold indigo and white piece of art! We cut our towels to make them a bit smaller, tied them with leather, and then we had the perfect napkin for our table!