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Naturally Dyed Linens using Berries and Herbs

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Last year we did a fun video on dying a table runner using turmeric for Thanksgiving. The dye job turned out so cool that I wanted to dye some napkins again and also test out how berries would work. I’m amazed at the vibrant colors that natural elements can create! It’s exciting to see what lines, shapes and colors will appear throughout the linens after they’re rinsed. For the purple/pink hue I used plums and blackberries and for the yellow I used basil and turmeric. I know you’re probably thinking, why wouldn’t I just buy solid purple or yellow linens, but there’s a rustic, organic feeling to the linens when you dye them yourself. They’re not all the same and when soaked overnight they take on their own pattern and color. It’s actually really fun, easy and makes for one charming table setting!

Supplies: White linens, berries, fruit or herbs, large boiling pot, bowls

Naturally Dyed Plum-Blackberry Linens
6 cups water
1/2 cup blackberries
8 plums, cut into 4

In a large pot, boil the blackberries and plums until the water is a deep purple and the berries don’t have color.

Turn the heat off and place the linens in the pot. Let them soak in the warm water for about 15 minutes. Then pour the water, berries and linens into a bowl to store overnight or as long as you want for a deeper color.

Hand rinse them under cool water and then tumble dry low. Do not put them in the washing machine. Only hand wash them.

Naturally Dyed Tumeric -Basil Linens
2 cups basil leaves
4 tablespoons turmeric
6 cups water

In a large pot, boil the basil and turmeric until the water is a beautiful yellow color.

Turn the heat off and place the linens in the pot. Let them soak in the warm water for about 15 minutes. Then pour the water and linens into a bowl to store overnight or as long as you want for a deeper color.

Hand rinse, tumble dry low, iron if needed.

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9 responses to Naturally Dyed Linens using Berries and Herbs

  1. sharon
    September 18, 2014

    my gosh, you’ve inspired me. everynight my husband and i have been picking our raspberries….buckets full. i will try to dye something with them. yay!! thank you!

    1. Eden
      September 19, 2014

      Haha!! Thanks Sharon! You should definitely dye something, maybe a tote, t-shirt, throw pillows… endless possibilities!! 🙂 XO

  2. September 19, 2014

    I love this idea and would love to try it!

    1. Eden
      September 19, 2014

      Thanks Patti!! I’m so happy you love it!

  3. Kristin
    September 24, 2014

    These are gorgeous Eden!!! Someday I hope to create a beautiful table settings like you! 😉

    1. Eden
      September 24, 2014

      Haha!! You are so creative, that will be easy for you to do! Maybe you can do one for Thanksgiving this year 🙂 XOXO

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