Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tea-Dying Fabric

Tea-dying fabric is really easy way to give fabric a vintage look.  You don't need a lot of supplies to master this.  
 What You Will Need:
6-quart stainless-steel pot (I used for this project, it was small)
*Note- use a 12-quart or larger stainless-steel pot if you dye yardage
1 1/2 gallons of tap water
your fabric ( I dyed 5 of these sachets)
3 black tea bags
*Note- to dye yardage use 6-7 black tea bags
Stainless-steel tongs
mild detergent

I first, put about a gallon of water on the stove in my pot to boil.
Meanwhile, I filled my sink with cold water and soaked the fabric with cold water.  The fabric will take the dye more evenly if wet.
When the water is boiling I put in the tea.  I boiled that for 10 minutes.  You can boil it for up to 30 minutes to an hour.  The longer you boil it the darker the tea.  My tea is extremely strong and it was dark enough in 10 minutes.

I took my fabric and wrung it out and then added it to the pot of tea.  Turn the heat off and allow your fabric to steep for as long as needed to achieve the desired color in your fabric.  It can steep for several hours and even overnight if needed.  My fabric was again ready in about 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally and check the fabric color.  *Note -fabric will appear darker when wet.  
When finished take your fabric out of the water with tongs and rinse under cold water till the water runs clear.  Then wash your fabric with a mild detergent.  Rinse and drip dry. 

*Note- before dying it is always best to dye a test swatch and keep record of steeping times to give you the desired results.

Here are my resultsThe tea-dyed fabric is on the left and the normal fabric is on the right.

In this picture also the tea-dyed fabric is on the left and the normal fabric is on the right.

I am filling these up with some very fragrant lavender and making sachets.  They are now for sell in my Etsy shop.  
I will link it to:
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Amaze Me Monday  at Dittle Dattle
Metamorphosis Monday  at Between Naps on the Porch


Joan said...

I am having some fun exploring your blog. I just had to follow it after seeing your dear pumpkins! Stop by Applejack Lane if you have a chance!

theromanticrose said...

Belle fantasie di stoffe!Utile l'informazione del thè,Buona domenica,Rosetta

Blondie's Journal said...

I didn't have the slightest clue how to tea dye...thanks so much!! Your fabric looks wonderful! Thanks, Sherry!


Kathi said...

What a fun project, Sherry. The old ways are so many times, the best ways. Love lavender too. Kathi

d e l i g h t said...

I did some tea dying this week and really love the old look it gives fabric. Great instructions.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I can almost smell it from here! I remember I use to tea-dye muslin years ago. You've got some gorgeous fabrics to work with.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Lovely the way it gives it such a nice aged look. And mmm lavender.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial on tea-dying fabric. I've wanted to do that several times in the past year but didn't know how. Your fabric looks lovely!

Mary @ Redo 101

Anonymous said...

These look great Sherry! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

I love tea stained linens and these look fabulous. The lavender pouches are adorable. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

Diann said...

I love tea dying! Your choices of fabrics are all beautiful and perfect for this project!

Veronica said...

I adore tea stained rose fabric and something I havn't tried yet but its on the list.thanks for the tut!


Debbie said...

I feel like a big old DUH. I tea stain solid whites to give it the color that I want, but I have never turned something a big more vintage looking by tea staining it. Now, I will.

Restore and Renew said...

Great tutorial, I will have to try this. I am a new follower.