Friday, July 22, 2011

How to Tea Stain Fabric

If you want your mug mats to have an antique finish tea stain them. Boil 4 cups water. Add 4 black tea bags let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour the liquid into a large glass bowl, add damp pre-washed fabric. Stir occasionally and check every 10 minutes or so until your fabric is the desired color.   The stronger the brewed tea, the dark your fabric will be.  Keep in mind that your fabric will dry a shade lighter than what it looks like when wet.

Remove fabric and lightly wash by hand with dish soap and rinse well. Hang to dry. Ironing is optional, but depending on what I'm going to do with the fabric, I think the "wrinkled" and tea-stain look gives the fabric and design so much more character.

It is very important that you remove all tea from your fabric because the tannic acid will eat away your fabric.  If after drying you still want your fabric darker, repeat the above process.

Tea-Stained Scented Mug Mats

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