These step-by-step instructions will guide you smoothly through the process of dying your fabric using tea. No experience necessary!
Step 1: Supplies needed
1. White, cotton-based fabric (i.e. sheet, t-shirt, pillowcase)
2. Bags of black tea (number of bags depends on fabric size and color desired)
3. A clean tub (heatproof; either metal or steel), or sink with a stopper
(Note: we will refer to this as “tub-1,” used to hold hot water )
4. A second clean tub (either metal or plastic)
(Note: we will refer to this as “tub-2,” used to hold cold water)
5. 1-3 pots (large and clean)
9. Wooden spoon (or other stirring utensil)
10. Clothespins (optional)
11. Trash can
These step-by-step instructions are divided into 4 major parts: PREP (steps take place near/on stove), TUB-1 (takes place in tub-1), TUB-2 (takes place in tub-2), and DRY (takes place anywhere).
Step 3: PREP
1. Gather all supplies. Be sure that your workplace is clean (to keep your fabric and water clean).
2. Begin boiling water in a pot on the stove. Use as many pots as necessary to boil enough water for use in step 3; you will soon need to fill your tub-1 (metal tub or sink).
Step 5: TUB-1 (heatproof tub or sink)
3. When your water begins to boil, carefully pour this water into tub-1. Keep adding boiling water to tub-1 until it has enough water to completely cover your fabric.
a. Warning: The water is scalding hot. Do not do not overfill your tub-1.
4. Check your tea bags to make sure they are not leaking leafy-bits. These bits can ruin your fabric.
a. Note: The amount of bags you use depends on the darkness of the color you desire. More bags = darker color; less bags = lighter color.
5. Drop tea bags into the boiling water in tub-1 to steep for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until your water is entirely dark brown.
6. Carefully remove tea-bags from tub-1 using tongs.