Dying Fabrics With Tea
We'd read about using tea to dye fabrics—that it softens the colors and gives them a beige-yellow tinge. It's often said that they look more vintage. Two of our brightly colored cotton fabrics seemed like potential candidates for this treatment, so we decided to give it a try.
By Googling tea dye fabrics, we found lots of websites with simple instructions. All you do is make up some strong tea, toss the fabric in, and leave it there until it's the color you like, stirring from time to time.
Most of the websites suggested an hour or more of dying time, but it only took a few minutes for ours to reach the desired colors. Perhaps that was because our pieces were small.
Here are the results.
We found that white became beige, blue-turquoise became green-turquoise, and the overall effect was a softer, more subdued coloring than that of the original pieces.
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