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Thread: Coffee Dye Fabric - Before and After

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    Not much of a tute, but I wanted this white fabric to be beige so I poured hot coffee into a bowl and soaked it for about a half hour.

    I like it better than the tea dye method, I think it lasts longer (through washing) and stains darker.

    Plus I love the coffee smell!!! :)

    Coffee Dyed, Before and After
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    Very clever ;-). Thank you for sharing that hint.

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    nice look:)

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    great idea, thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for the idea. Looks good! Will try it. Tea dying took 3 or 4 times & then just looked dingy :(

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    And maybe it was just this particular fabric, but it looks great! I kept if fully submerged and used HOT coffee.

    Quote Originally Posted by merry
    Thanks for the idea. Looks good! Will try it. Tea dying took 3 or 4 times & then just looked dingy :(

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    I always use coffee, I save what is left on the pot in the am for a few days when I know I am going to dye something.

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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing. WIll try it soon.

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    I will try this also, thanks for the info.

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    Thanks for the tint hint!!!!

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    Thanks for the tip. I wondered if coffee would work like the tea dye, now I know!

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    Can always use good tips! Thanks for sharing!

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    I like!!

    I played with "kitchen" dyes recently. I had tried tea, turmeric, curry, and a few others. No coffee in this house or I would have tried that as well. I like the results.

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    How did the turmeric and curry turn out?

    Talk about putting some "spice" into our quilts!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I like!!

    I played with "kitchen" dyes recently. I had tried tea, turmeric, curry, and a few others. No coffee in this house or I would have tried that as well. I like the results.

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    I too like to darker effect from the coffee compared to the tea.

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    Thanks for the hint and coffee is way better than tea to drink too

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    I've found that even with a fixative, it will fade with each washing, especially with the excellent detergents on the market.

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    A mix of tea and coffee makes a good combination for dyeing fabric too. I usually soak it for a few hours then after wringing it out well toss it in the dryer to set the color. Makes for a nice country blender!

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    Thank You for taking pictures showing the difference,,,I've never done this and wanted to see how it looked beefore I tried it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky
    Not much of a tute, but I wanted this white fabric to be beige so I poured hot coffee into a bowl and soaked it for about a half hour.

    I like it better than the tea dye method, I think it lasts longer (through washing) and stains darker.

    Plus I love the coffee smell!!! :)
    This is the way I have always done it only I mix up
    a batch with instant coffee...gives control for
    darker colors even...and smells so good.

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    I like it better dyed than the original.

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    Cool. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    I always use coffee, I save what is left on the pot in the am for a few days when I know I am going to dye something.
    So does this stay or wash out after several washings? How do you set the dye so that it does not come out?

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    Great look! There's about 1/2 pot left every morning so if I save it for a couple of days and then heat it up in a big pot on the stove.....should be just about right. Then maybe I can simmer the fabric for awhile (like we used to do with Rit Dye way back in the day) and it will hold up to washing better? Hmmmm.....

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    Thank you for sharing this great tip!

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