I came across A Modern Guide to Thanksgiving Etiquette from Bon Appétit, and pulled out some of my favorite tips. If you are hosting or invited to Thanksgiving dinner, I would definitely recommend reading the whole article. It has some really great tips!
Every year since moving to New York, I’ve hosted Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts is making the invitations. This year I decided to make napkins and send them to all my guests. I like thinking of my friends bringing the napkins to Thanksgiving and then keeping them so they can have a physical memory of the day. To be honest, these napkins are semi-homemade, but still take a little time to make.
First I went to Ikea and bought some cheap dish towels. I love the simple patterns and thought they would look great over-dyed. Then I did some research and found a product called iDye. iDye allows for easy dyeing at home, and it is even better if you have a washer and dryer in your house. I unfortunately do not, unless you count the washers and dryers in the creepy basement of my apartment building. So I bought a large stock pot to use for the stovetop dyeing method. It is important I emphasize that all materials used should only be for dyeing and never used for cooking EVER. I think iDye could do a better job of stating this. It is also really important to work as cleanly as possible and avoid spilling dye.
The process was pretty simple. I chose Emerald Green and Gold Ocher. First, fill a pot with hot water and drop the dye packet in. Then add the wet fabric, bring to a boil, add salt, and stir for 30 minutes. Then I popped them in the wash with Synthrapol (a powerful soap that helps remove all dye) and dried them in the dryer. They came out really bright – too bright. YIKES!
So I decided to try to try to use black tea to tone them down, all 100 bags. I basically did the same dyeing process as with the dye packets, except with the tea.
That definitely helped with the Emerald Green, but I still wasn’t happy with the Gold Ochre. So I ordered Turquoise, and did the process all over AGAIN to make it a little greener. In the end, I was satisfied with the results.
I ended up sewing a satin stitch in bright pink for a little pop of color.
I then assembled the acorn and squirrel invitations and placed them in a large envelope with lots of stamps and a little pop of pink to bring it all together.
I ended up ordering all my dyeing supplies for Dharma Trading Co.. They have a lot of great supplies for anyone interested in textiles. I would definitely recommend!