Natural Dye Linen DIY

I had the pleasure of working on a styled shoot last week with an incredible team of creatives, and I took it upon myself to dye the napkins myself to get the perfect blush hue. I wanted to use organic cotton and was going for a slightly imperfect dye process so I could get an earthy organic look as opposed to perfect poly blend napkins you can rent or buy from anywhere. It all went with the theme.. and you all know how much I love a good theme :-)

So I did a ton of research and found some interesting info on natural dyes and how-tos. A common theme was that avocado pits are the way to go. Yes, you heard me. Avocado pits. And the skins apparently. So I set out to make my own set, and I’m not going to lie, I was pretty skeptical. Turns out – the process is SO easy, and they turned out incredible! I posted a photo on Instagram of part of the end result and asked if anyone would care to know how I did it. The response was overwhelming! So here you are:


What You’ll Need:

stainless steel pot, 1-2 avocado pits & cleaned skins, water, spoon, cotton fabric/napkins/whatever!

Step 1: thoroughly wash the fabric first to get rid of any chemicals and/or bleach

Step 2: Fill up your pot (enough to fully submerge your fabric) toss in your pit and skins (make sure they are fully cleaned of any actual avocado.

Step 3: Bring to a boil and then put your fabric in and let it continue to simmer for about 10 min. Make sure you are stirring the fabric around for a more event coat. If you want it uneven, then just let it sit.


Step 4: At this point I turned the heat off and just let the fabric sit in there with the lid on for another 10-15 min. If you want the dye to be darker, you can leave it in longer. If you light it light, you can take it out after the first 10 min.

Step 5: Remove from the pot, rinse thoroughly, and let dry!



Isn’t the end result gorgeous?! I’m obsessed and want to dye everything in sight! This is a little sneak peek from our shoot – to see more, be sure to follow along on Instagram

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