11/12/2014

Thanksgiving Napkin Invitations

Thanksgiving Napkin Invitations // Sam I Am I Do

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.How To Dye Napkins // Sam I Am I Do

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! Toning Down With Black Tea // Sam I Am I Do

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.Dyeing with Tea // Sam I Am I Do

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.Invitation Assembling // Sam I Am I Do

I ended up sewing a satin stitch in bright pink for a little pop of color. Pop of Color // Sam I Am I Do Close Up of Satin Stitch // Sam I Am I Do

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.Invitation Envelope // Sam I Am I Do

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!

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