Love the look of tea-stained fabric? Make your own with these simple instructions.
Time Required: Varies
- Prewash your fabric. Or, test the tea staining process with one new and one prewashed square. Soak in tea and time the results.
- Add hot water to a very large soup pot. If doing a large quantity of fabric then use the hot water setting on the washing machine.
- Add 3-5 teabags to the pot or 5-10 in the washer. Steep a few minutes.
- Add fabric to the tea. Immerse fully and stir to get all areas of the fabric soaked.
- Check the fabric color every 10 minutes or so.
- For a faint tea stained look, soak the fabric for as little as 20 minutes.
- For a deep tea stained look, soak the fabric for as long as 4 hours or overnight.
- Drain tea out of kettle or washer, then refill to rinse fabric. Rinse well several times.
- (Clean washer by setting it to go through an entire cycle with only a little soap and bleach.)
- Hang tea-stained fabric on a line to dry or put it into a clothes dryer on low setting.
- Iron and use fabric for curtains, pillows, or other projects.
- Experiment on sample pieces of fabric.
- Watch the process carefully so fabrics don't get too dark.
- Rinse fabric well before hanging to dry.
- Various tea blends may offer a variety of subtle colors.
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~ Glenna Morton