DYING a White shirt to Off white with TEA?

Has anyone ever stained or dyed a WHITE shirt to a IVORY or OFF WHITE with Herbal Tea?


My FI needed an off white/Ivory 'fitted' shirt and we are having SUCH a hard time finding one. Seriously, days and many stores have gone by without a slim fitted ivory shirt in sight!

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:08 am
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http://natural-fabrics.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_tea_stain_fabric


Here's a little how to! :)

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:22 am
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Yes!  I actually did it with paper too.  For me it didn't stain evenly and I had to do it several times to get it even. 

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:24 am
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Darn, I dont have access do that site! I can see it while Im at work.


Im going to try it tonight --- Hopefully it works.

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:31 am
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Oooo.. Boca.. I love how that turned out on that link!


Now I want to dye a white shirt with tea JUST BECAUSE and then attach a fabric flower... Ooooo...  :)


Cotton Shirt to be Tea Stained - BEFORE - Genevieve KigerTea Stained Cotton Shirt - AFTER - Genevieve Kiger

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:32 am
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I never did it with a shirt, but I used to do it with elastic for dance costumes. Put it in there and let it soak!

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:33 am
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That's a great question Cheeky, i need to die some lace, so let me know how it turns out.

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:36 am
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How long should I soak it for? Should I just eye-ball it?

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:41 am
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I always did Cheeky. Just soak it for a few minutes and check it.

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:42 am
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This is the directions from Bo's link:



How to Tea Stain the Fabric



  1. Be absolutely sure the fabric is completely clean. Hidden stains can and will show up if it isn't completely clean. If staining clothing, either use brand new clothes, or wash thoroughly, preferably with bleach, immediately prior to staining. There is no need to bother drying the clothing if washed first.

  2. Place the fabric to be stained in a large pot and fill with water, making sure the fabric is completely covered with a bit to spare.

  3. Remove the fabric and squeeze as much of the water out as possible (back into the pot.) Set fabric aside.

  4. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off heat.

  5. Add teabags to the hot water and allow to steep for about ten minutes. Use slightly higher than the recommended number of bags for tea to drink (approximately one regular sized tea bag per cup of water.)

  6. If an even dye is desired, remove the teabags. If a more 'dirty' appearance is desired, leaving the teabags in can produce darker and lighter areas.

  7. Place the fabric to be stained into the tea. Stir around to make sure the tea gets into all the folds and pockets of the fabric.

  8. Allow to sit for a minimum of five minutes. The longer it remains in the tea, the darker the stain will be. Check periodically on the color, keeping in mind that it will lighten as it dries.

  9. Wring out the fabric well, then rinse in cold water to remove excess acids from the tea.

  10. Rinse well with vinegar, to set the dye in the fabric. The vinegar can be used straight, or diluted up to one part in ten in water for larger pieces where using so much straight vinegar would be cost prohibitive.

  11. Dry the fabric, preferably in a heated dryer.

  12. Wash thoroughly as normal, to remove any remaining tea and vinegar.



Posted on August 25, 2010 at 8:43 am
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Fab!!! Thanks MissHammy!

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

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