Have you ever wanted to make a sewing project look antique? One of the best ways to do that is to use tea or coffee to change the tone of the modern, super-bleached bright whites. Use black or green tea or coffee grounds.
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Dyeing with tea is an easy, inexpensive way to change the look of kitchen towels, tee shirts, or any fabric item. While the tea doesn't cause a drastic color change for white fabric, it can help hide light stains and give clothing a vintage look. Best of all, as long as you can boil water, you'll be able to dye any fabric with tea. To dye fabric with tea, steep the tea in boiling water for at least 15 minutes, using 1 bag for every 8 oz.
The worn, distressed appearance of vintage fabric lends a cozy appeal to your sewing projects, but using genuine old fabric can be costly and might not hold up well under daily wear and tear. Get the look and feel of genuine aged textiles for less by dyeing them yourself at home using a simple solution of orange pekoe tea and water. Tea-dyed fabrics lend themselves well to everything from rustic to shabby chic design.
Share fashion photos or styling tips. They say that 'Old is gold'. Antique fabrics have always been a rage in the fashion industry.
Have you ever admired the dusky, softly aged color of an antique drapery or piece of upholstered furniture and wished you could re-create the look on a newer fabric? There's actually a very simple way to do this--one that doesn't require waiting years for the aging process to occur. Tea-dyeing is a natural process that adds a subtle coloration to fabric--enough to even out a blotchy surface or soften the look of a crisp, new piece.
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