You like to drink coffee, but would you like to wear clothes dyed with coffee or write on a coffee stained paper? If yes, here’s some useful information on coffee dyeing; if no, please read on and you may change your mind.
Dyeing of clothes and paper using coffee is an age-old method. Originally it was used to hide stains on kitchen cloths and dish towels. Gradually it became a trend and is a great way of adding colour. Coffee gives an interesting natural colour to any fabric, especially if it has aged. Also, dyeing with coffee is so less expensive.
Does it smell?
Yes. If you don’t like it, then don’t worry. The smell will go away with a wash in a mild detergent.
Wash the fabric and dry fully. Brew your coffee. The amount of coffee you brew will decide the darkness of the colour you obtain. Now put some water to boil in the same pan that you will use to dye. Pour the brewed coffee into it and let the liquid come to a boil. Put off the stove and add your fabric. Take care that there are no air pockets in it. Keep stirring for a few minutes. Let the fabric steep in it as longer the steep, the better the tint. After an hour or so, take out the fabric and wash it in cold water. After water turns clear, soak it in a mixture of cold water and some vinegar to let the dye set.
You can also apply the tie and dye technique to make beautiful patterns with it.
- Coffee dye works best on cotton and linen, but not on synthetic fabrics.
- Coffee dye gives shades of brown. If you wish to get a reddish tint, add some tea to the dye.
- Before submerging the whole fabric in the dye, it’s best to dye a swatch first to check the colour.
- Wear your synthetic gloves while doing this process to avoid any mess.