Sometimes I have ideas that call for vintage or antique materials. However (as much as I wish otherwise) I don’t have the money to actually go out and purchase them all (is there anything else in life where old = expensive?)
I bought 5 yards of crisp, new, bright white lace for a child size tablecloth recently, but I really wanted to achieve the antiquey, vintage feel without the antiquey, vintage price. Using some common household supplies, I was able to get the aged look I was going for.
What do you think? Vintage mission accomplished? It was really able to do, too! Here’s how I did it:
Add water, a spoon, and a dryer to the list. (Geez, only six materials and still I can’tremember everything for the picture! Someone get me some ginko biloba!!)
step 1: Fill your container with hot water.
step 2: Using your spoon, create instant coffee.
**NOTE: I used 10 spoonfuls of instant coffee – you can use more or less depending on 1.) the size of your container & the amount of fabric you wish to dye and 2.) how dark you want your fabric to be. You could also brew a pot or two of coffee to achieve the same effect, but I was too
stingy frugal to give up the good stuff. If you decide to be cheap like me, just buy a brand new container of instant coffee, because 10 spoonfuls is about 3/4 of the container.
step 3: Mix well, and make sure the instant coffee is dissolved well before placing your fabric into the mixture.
step 4: Place your fabric into the container, and try to get all the air bubbled out so that it is mostly or all underneath the surface. This will assure you get an even application, and it all turns out the same color. Let it soak for an hour or more, again depending on how dark you want your fabric to be.
step 5: Before you ask, no. This is not my laundry room (ha, um, yeah… I WISH!!) The camera fairy must not have liked the pictures I’d taken – the files weren’t corrupted or anything; they weren’t even there!! So I figured I’d get something purtee for you to gaze upon. ^_^ Anyway, after letting your fabric soak for a while, throw it in the dryer until it’s completely dry.
And there you have it! The vintage look without the vintage price. ^_^ If you use this tutorial for anything, I’d love to hear how it worked out – and see some pictures!! Like I said, I used the above lace for a child size tea party tablecloth for my daughter, but I’m thinking it would have been adorable on a dress or skirt, as well. Whatever you use it for, thanks for reading as well as crafting with me!!