{Maggie} How to Tea Stain | The Budget Savvy Bride
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I had to tea stain a whole bunch of lace to use as table clothes. I love the look of tea stain opposed to plain white. It makes things (especially lace) look more antique and expensive. Also, I wasn’t keen on white tablecloths because my dress is white and I don’t want to match the table clothes! The things you have to think about as a bride, right?

So this diy project is super simple and can be done with any fabric of any size. First I ran my bath tub full of HOT water. While that was filling up, I boiled about 10 cups of water on the stove and put in it half a box (20 bags) of family sized, generic tea bags. I let that boil until the water was nice and dark and the bath tub was full enough to cover the 15 table clothes I had to stain. I put the table clothes in the tub first and then poured the brewed tea water in with them. I mixed the water around with my hand and let the concoction sit until I felt like the color was where I wanted it (about 7 minutes in my case). I drained the water and then transferred the lace to my washer where I ran a quick wash with NO detergent. Then I dried it all in my dryer and that was it. Easy as that!

Aside from trying to drink the tea out of the tub, Harper is such a good helper!

Note: Originally I was worried about the tea staining our porcelain bath tub, but I tested a small cub of it first and had no issues, so no fear!

I put the tea stained lace next to white lace so you can see the difference.

Have you tea stained anything for your wedding?


Maggie is a bride-to-be out of Charleston, SC. Her vintage outdoor wedding is taking place in April, 2012 for under $10,000. She loves reading, happy hour, and relaxing with her fiancé Matt and their two dogs, Harper and Andy.

    • Liz
    • January 29th, 2012

    What kind of fabrics will this work on? Im interested in purchasing some gently used white chair covers, but dont really want them to be white. I love this idea but dont know if it will work on heavier fabrics.

      • Maggie
      • January 30th, 2012

      I have only done it on the lace, but everything i read said that you can do it with any fabric. It probably will have to sit in the tea for a longer time period though.

    • stephanie
    • February 16th, 2012

    So cute your right the tea stained looks better.Where did you table cloths? Did you make them or buy them because Im looking for cheap lace table cloths.

      • Maggie
      • February 21st, 2012

      I got them from thrift stores like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill. Also, I scrounged up any lace my grandmother had laying around.

  1. I’m sewing together dictionary pages to make table runners–but you can’t have cream colored table cloths with cream colored dictionary pages, can you? So I used peach tea to dye dictionary pages a pinky color. They’re currently drying, but I think I may need to re-dye them for a bit longer and this bathtub setup looks more clever than my roasting pan…

  1. May 3rd, 2012