how to tea stain fabric

how to tea stain fabric

Step-By-Step Guide To Tea Staining Fabric

Tea staining is a great way to add an aged, vintage look to any piece of fabric. It’s easy to do at home with a few items that you likely already have. Read on to find out how easy it is to tea stain fabric.

What You’ll Need

  • Fabric
  • Tea bags (they can be herbal or black, whatever you prefer!)
  • 1 cooking pot
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • White vinegar
  • Wire strainer


  1. First, you need to prepare your pot of tea. Boil about 2-3 cups of water in your pot, then add the tea bags and steep for about 15-30 minutes, depending on how strong you’d like the tea-stained result to be.
  2. Once the tea is ready, take the tea bags out and discard. Pour the remaining liquid into a bowl or container large enough to fit your fabric in.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the tea, then submerge your fabric in the bowl or container.
  4. Let the fabric soak for 15-30 minutes or until it’s reached your desired color
  5. When the fabric is stained to your preferences, carefully remove it from the tea and run it under cold water to remove any excess liquid.
  6. Lay the fabric flat to dry on a clean towel.

Once it’s dry, your fabric should have that vintage tea stain effect on it. Congratulations, you’ve successfully tea stained your fabric!


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