Give Your Fabrics A Vintage Look With Tea Staining

Staining fabrics with natural products such as tea is a non-toxic and inexpensive way to create a beautiful rustic look. This method does wonders especially if you have a country themed home. Dyeing with tea produces different hues, depending on the type of tea that you pick to use. Staining the fabric with tea can be a fantastic way to recycle used tea bags after a nice and enjoyable tea time. But, of course, you can use fresh tea bags, too!


Adjust the number of tea bags to use, depending on the size and type of cloth you are going to dye. Don’t forget to test the procedure out on a small fabric first for you to see how long it will take to get the color result that you want to achieve.

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Tea bags
  • Bowl hot water
  • Bowl of cold water
  • Tong


1. Boil water and pour it into the bowl that you’re going to use as a tub for dyeing.
2. Put in several tea bags and let steep for about 5 minutes.
3. Fish out the tea bags.
4. Immerse the fabric into the bowl and soak for 5-10 minutes.
5. Take the fabric from the tea bowl; wring it out.
6. Get another bowl with cold water to rinse the fabric; wring it out.
7. Toss it in the dryer or hang to dry.
8. Use dry iron only if you wish to press it.

*To dye other items that you don’t want to submerge in water, just transfer the tea into a sprayer and spray it on the item you wish to dye.

A Friendly Reminder:

Please try to experiment first! Never do it right away, especially if you are going to tea stain an expensive fabric. 😉


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