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!

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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

Instructions:

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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