Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tea Dyeing Tutorial

This is a fun one to play around with.  Different tea flavors put out different hues/colors.  I usually just use the black tea cause it works the fastest.  So sitting and stirring the fabric for 30 minutes.  Just dip it in, soak it, stir for a second and rinse it out, then wash.
These are great for doing vintage style clothing.  Sorry for my first picture for some reason it just wont rotate.  hopefully you get the idea though.

boil a pot of water

get your shirts/fabric and tea

once the pot is boiling, add about 4-6 tea bags and let boil for about another 10 mintues.  This gets the color of the water really saturated.  Another reason why my process doesn't take long.

remove the bags from the pot, and turn the burner off so no longer boiling.  Place your fabric in the water and saturate while stirring for a minute or so.  Take out and rinse when the desire color is acheived.  This usually only takes me literally a couple of minutes.  Then rinse with warm-tepid water.  This will fade out the excess color.  If you want it darker put it back in the pot.
After you have rinsed, wash in warm/cold water and dry.  Embellish the heck out of it and Enjoy!!!


  1. That's how you do it! I wanna try this!

  2. I love this! I am totally making a ton of onesies!

    I'd love for you to share this or any of your projects at my weekly link party:

  3. This will be perfect for my friends baby! Thanks for sharing! Does the color fade any with washing?