Tea staining

Tea staining is awesome. I think I'll tea stain everything I own, starting with this quilt backing. My mom taught me to bake it, which creates burns. The end result is super rustic and antique looking. It seems like a sheet you'd find in an attic but smells like Earl Grey!


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Instructions:Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add from between 10 and 15 tea bags, depending on how much fabric you are dying (I use Earl Grey tea. Green teas arent going to add enough color) and let them seep for a long time in water. Pour the hot water in a sink and add some hot water. Leave the tea bags in the water. Add your fabric by wadding it up in a ball and submerging it. You can add rubber bands if you want to make it look like tie dye. I like to just wad it up tight and not move it around at all in the water, which leaves a natural, crinkly looking design. I let the fabric soak for an hour, and pre-heated the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. When I removed the fabric, I squeezed out the liquid and put it in a wad on a cookie sheet. While it's baking, remove it about every 5 to 10 minutes and flip the wad od fabric around. You're done when it looks the way you want it to! Then dry it in the laundry dryer. Easy!