(Closed) How to dye white fabric to ivory?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

That’s easy! Brew up a STRONG batch of tea in your bathtub. Add dresses and submerge completely, checking every few minutes until the correct color is reached. Allow to air dry completely, then wash in cold water with gentle soap. Hang dry.

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

You might try this on a sample (piece cut from the hem, for instance) first to see how it works.  Some fabrics (polyesters) do not hold dye well, or consistently.  Tea dying can give you a sort of antiqued (irregularly) dyed look.  You may also find that if the thread is poly and the dress cotton, the threads don’t dye at all (remain super white while the fabric darkens); any lace or trim can have the same issue.

Post # 5
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Just bring them to your seamstress/alterations.  They usually are very experienced in it and it’s cheap.  Tea dying at home can lead to uneven color that is hard to remove.  Save yourself the worry and spend the couple bucks to have it done professionally.  I think tea dying my veil (it was my mom’s) professionally was $20.  Not sure cause I had some other alterations for the veil lumped into my quote, so I’m guessing $20. 

Post # 7
47 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Plantation Bay Country Club

I used Tea to dye my white lace to ivory for my veil and is worked great (and was super easy). So if you don’t want to spend the money to get it dyed somewhere I recommend doing it yourself. Perfect for the budget bride. I did a post about it on my blog and went step by step through the process. If you are interested, check it out:


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