This is a quick tutorial for how to dye fabric tan inexpensively. It’s a simple trick my mom taught me when I was younger. I remember using it several times for projects growing up.
In this tutorial I’ll be dyeing a white sock for use with a future tutorial – a moose puppet for If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Stay tuned for that! (You can see the finished moose puppet here.) But you can use a lot of different white fabric (or paper!) to get the same result.
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- White fabric you want to dye – if you’re doing a sock puppet like we were, you can grab plain white socks from Amazon here.
- Black tea
Bring some water to a boil in a pan on the stove. Turn off the heat and add tea bags. How many you add and how long you let your material soak will affect how dark your material comes out.
I added 4 here, but they were the large ice tea bags.
Soak your material in the tea. I let the white sock sit there while I went to do other things.
Every once in a while go stir it around. Let it sit for a few hours, until it’s the color you want.
Wring out the material and allow it to dry. If you’re impatient like me, you can throw it in the dryer to speed up the process.
And there you go!