|Old Sweater, New Life
Tie-Dye with Tea Dye
Ivory Sweaters + My Love for Tea = Many Ruined Ivory Sweaters
In honor of Earth Day this week, here is a DIY/Reuse/Recycle idea. You too can resurrect an old FAVE from your wardrobe. Think of anything that has ever stained your clothes: Tea, coffee, turmeric, pollen, beets, grass…that big ol’ glass of red wine, then just think of the possibilites!
My treasured ivory sweater was spattered with stains. I was inspired by my friend Erika’s story about her favorite maxi dress
. So, I went to the kitchen to see what I could find to use as a dye, rolled up my sleeves and went to work. Here’s how to tie-dye with tea dye. Please don’t over-think this process. It really is quite simple.
Now I can spill tea on my tea dye and no one’s the wiser…brilliant!
|After many attempts to remove the major stainage
right down the front, trust me it’s there,
this sweater was unwearable and was headed to the textile recycle bin.
I LOVED the neckline and the cut, so it was worth one more try to keep it.
I had nothing to lose.
66% Silk, 16% Nylon, 15% Cotton, 3% Lycra Spandex
Dry Clean Only
|Twist , knot and tie your garment with rubber bands.
I prefer a larger tie dye pattern, this means bigger twists and knots.
I did not wet my garment first,
but it might be a good idea for even absorption of the dye.
|Fill a large stock pot with water.
|Add 20 tea bags, bring to a boil and remove tea bags
when the water is dark.
I used random Lipton decaf tea that I found,
not sure why we even had it,
and that is all I am going to say about that.
If you don’t have a tea stash,
find a great deal on any type of black tea at D&W Fresh Market.
|Turn the heat to low, add the garment and simmer for one hour
keeping it submerged in the tea.
|Rinse with cold water until the water runs clear,
wash and hang dry.
|Wear to Easter brunch and try to impress your
Mother-in-Law with your money saving fashion savvy.
consider how the sides under your arms are going to look,
and add a pattern to the back too.
It really is that easy. Now that I have my dying swerve ON, I’m looking into growing my own dyes in the garden. I mean really, that is where dyes started, right?
This Earth Day week, I’m saving the planet one stained ivory sweater at a time. What are you up to? If you are inspired by this post, Earth Day or other share your project with me on Facebook
Let the tie-dye tea dye parties begin.