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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?


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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.

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  • Liz

    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

      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

    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

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

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  • M.

    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…

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