Antiquing Fabric: Tea Dying

By Nicole Fallon


  • Large ceramic or metal bowl
  • Black tea bags (these don’t have to be expensive tea!)
  • Fabric (can be any reasonably light colour, or try a patterned floral with a light background)
  • Kettle
  • Tongs

1. Select the fabrics you wish to tea dye. Fabrics made from natural fibres, such as cotton, silk, or linen, work best. Man-made fibres may come out unexpectedly or not take the tea dye at all.

2. Boil enough water to fill your bowl about three-quarters full. Remove any paper tags from your tea bags. Add five or six bags to the water and let the tea steep.

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