DIY Dyed Tip Towels
Turn vintage napkins into custom-dyed tip towels.
Nothing feels prettier in a powder room than a lacy hand towel, but their elegance comes at a price. Find vintage napkins (natural fibres work best) with the same look for just a dollar or two each at a flea market or thrift store, and give them a simple upgrade with fabric dye.
Cover your workspace with a drop cloth, and put on rubber gloves. Fill a disposable container (such as a cat-litter tray) with 2 cups of hot water per dye packet. Dissolve dye in the container, then fill the basin with enough hot water to submerge the napkins, pour in the dye mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or paint stirrer.
Wet each napkin with hot water, then straighten out and submerge in the dye bath. Stir constantly. The longer the napkin remains in the dye bath, the deeper the resulting colour will be. (The towels pictured were in for about 30 minutes.)
Remove napkins from dye bath and rinse in warm water. Gradually lower the water temperature until you're rinsing with cool water and it runs clear. Then, wash the napkin with mild detergent in warm water, rinse with cold water and let dry.
Vintage napkins, Waterford Antique Market.