• DIY: Printed Spring Napkins

    Thank you COOL WHIP for sponsoring this post.

    I’ve had fun experimenting with bleach projects lately. This one is a really simple but pretty idea for handmade spring napkins to decorate your Easter dinner table.

    I love using the back of a pencil to ‘stamp’, keep reading to see the full tutorial…

    Cut a piece of cotton fabric in a pretty spring color 12 x 12 inches

    Find some scrap fabric, bleach and a pencil with an eraser

    Carefully dip the pencil eraser in the bleach and then dot onto the fabric in a floral pattern. I found that I could do about 3 dots before having to re-dip the eraser. Of course, be veeeery careful about too many drips as the bleach is permanent!

    Continue until the whole napkin is dotted. Let dry. Hem around the edges with a sewing machine.

    Rinse in the sink and then through in the wash as normal (but not with any of your other clothes unless you want them bleached!)

    Any fun decorating projects you’ve been working on for spring or Easter?

     

      
  • 21 comments

    1. Georgia said… April 25, 2012 9:32 am

      I just did this on a skirt – with just random dots. I did discover that it’s kind of cool to twist the pencil – you kind of get a little galaxy looking thing. Pretty neat.

    2. Meagan @ Style-Edition said… April 13, 2012 9:23 am

      Hah! Love this! I just did a really similar project with a pair of jeans! http://www.style-edition.com/style-edition-blog/2012/4/11/diy-polka-dot-cutoffs-project.html

    3. I love lists, Friday! › shutterbean said… April 6, 2012 1:02 am

      [...] Fun with bleach. I can't wait to try this. I have JUST the napkins to use. [...]

    4. Andrea Howe said… April 4, 2012 10:49 am

      Such a great project. Must get out the bleach and replicate…wait, first i need to buy bleach ha!

      • Liz Stanley said… April 4, 2012 3:39 pm

        Let me know how it goes!

    5. Giulia said… April 3, 2012 8:00 am

      I love this project. I have some older napkins that are too plain – this idea could really jazz them up a bit.

      • Liz Stanley said… April 3, 2012 12:07 pm

        totally. great idea to re-use already made napkins, cuts down on sewing too

    6. LaTrelle said… April 3, 2012 6:58 am

      LOVE this project!

    7. Natalie Fleming said… April 2, 2012 10:40 pm

      Awesome project, pretty photos too!

    8. Tan said… April 2, 2012 6:13 pm

      Finally a use for bleach that doesn’t make you curse when you get it on fabric!

    9. Janssen said… April 2, 2012 12:50 pm

      I just rehung my paint chip banner I made last year and I love it! Maybe a double strand next year? http://everydayreading.blogspot.com/2011/04/end-is-near.html

      • Liz Stanley said… April 2, 2012 3:15 pm

        Love that Easter paint chip banner! Great project

    10. Margaret T said… April 2, 2012 12:21 pm

      Great project! I’ve been working on egg dying, any tips?

    11. Haley said… April 2, 2012 11:47 am

      I thought you might have used the Cool Whip as the bleach! Yikes!

      • Liz Stanley said… April 2, 2012 3:16 pm

        Ha! no no no

    12. Dariela said… April 2, 2012 11:36 am

      So cute!! I love this! So many great otehr projects can come out of this idea :)

    13. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives said… April 2, 2012 11:30 am

      I just sewed cloth napkins (http://www.hardlyhousewives.com/2012/03/i-sewed-napkins.html) but this is easier AND super cute for spring! Love them!

      • Liz Stanley said… April 2, 2012 3:17 pm

        Very pretty! Love your version

    14. Jadah {family sponge} said… April 2, 2012 11:26 am

      I love this! I just started going paperless in my kitchen again. And this is perfect. Thank you!

    15. Wendy Ballsterw said… April 2, 2012 11:22 am

      These are so pretty! Bleach makes me nervous but I love the result, I might have to try it myself

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