Creating… Miranda

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T-shirt dying with black tea

I have 12 “fiercely patriotic” white t-shirts waiting in the wings for a dash of color. Hence, the tea dye testing.

I’ve collected a few 100% cotton “white” work shirts from my husband to use as test subjects. These shirts are already stained and dingy, but will work as stand-ins in my hunt for the perfect shade of antique ivory.


Of course I can’t just dye them… why not do a little creative folding?


Ironing the creases to limit bulk and increase consistency on the final dye pattern.


Alternating triangle fold!


Sitting pretty.

Black tea & red food coloring test.

Black tea & red food coloring test.


The final results. Conclusion: Black tea is too brown.

Swatches (left to right)

  • 32 black tea bags & 16 cups of well water – Soaked 1 hr
  • 32 black tea bags & 16 cups of well water (2nd use) – Soaked 15 minutes
  • 2 black tea bags & 8 cups of well water – Soaked 5 minutes
  • 2 tea bags & 4 cups of water (same proportions as previous) & 4 drops red food coloring plus 1/16 c salt.

The color from black tea is just too muddy for my taste. I’m switching to RIT. I’ll show you the results once I’m done, hopefully before Fourth of July! ~ Miranda


4 comments on “T-shirt dying with black tea

  1. Hello, Scarlett
    March 12, 2014

    Can’t wait to see the final results!


    • Miranda
      March 12, 2014

      Me too! Time to prioritize the project list…

  2. vjstracener
    March 12, 2014

    Natural dyes! That is so neat.

    • Miranda
      March 13, 2014

      I’ll be experimenting more once spring comes around and I have access to my garden.

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