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Nifty DIY: How to Dye Your Clothing with Coffee or Tea

Nifty DIY: How to Dye Your Clothing with Coffee or Tea
Paige Russell
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We drink enough coffee that it has gotten to the point that more of our clothes have stains on them than don’t. But enterprising designer and DIY-er Paige Russell proved that’s not always a bad thing. She decided to use coffee’s propensity for staining clothes for a good cause, making a pair of fashionable (and apparently wonderful-smelling) Chuck Taylor’s.

The process is relatively simple—although not quite as easy as just dumping a cup of coffee on your shoes. Simply brew up a highly concentrated pot of coffee (the more highly concentrated, the darker the dye will be), pour it in a container big enough to contain whatever you are dyeing and add half a teaspoon of salt to help the dye set. From there, you just put your item of choice in the bath for an hour.

Coffee and Tea
Courtesy of Paige Russell

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This article originally appeared on Food and Wine. For more stories like this, visit Fwx.com.

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