Striped Gradient Mixin

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A popular way to draw stripes in CSS it to define a linear-gradient with overlapping color-stops. It works very well but is not very convenient to write by hand… Billion dollar idea: using Sass to automatically generate it from a list of colors!

/// Stripe builder
/// @author Hugo Giraudel
/// @param {Direction} $direction - Gradient direction
/// @param {List} $colors - List of colors
/// @output `background-image` if several colors, `background-color` if only one
@mixin stripes($direction, $colors) {
  $length: length($colors);
  @if $length > 1 {
    $stripes: ();
    @for $i from 1 through $length {
      $stripe: (100% / $length) * ($i - 1);
      @if $i > 1 {
        $stripes: append($stripes, nth($colors, $i - 1) $stripe, comma);
      $stripes: append($stripes, nth($colors, $i) $stripe, comma);
    background-image: linear-gradient($direction, $stripes);
  } @else if $length == 1 {
    background-color: $colors;


body {
  @include stripes(to right, #8e44ad #2c3e50 #2980b9 #16a085 #27ae60);

See the Pen a990b82465115c2b556f1b86bf4692c7 by Hugo Giraudel (@HugoGiraudel) on CodePen.