Thursday, July 23, 2009

Instant Aging for Clothing

I am sharing a combination of things in today's post. Today is DIY day over at ASPTL, so I will be sharing how you can instantly age clothing, or any fabric . If it is new fabric you will first want to wash it. I have several old toddler dresses hanging
in my laundry room, and thought this little dress would make a great addition. The only problem is that it was very crisp and white, and I wanted it to look old and aged like the other little dresses. So here is what I did.

First I cut all of the store tags out.

Next I put it into a measuring cup filled with some coffee and a little salt. I once read that salt will set the coffee color.

Then you put it out to dry in the south Georgia sun,

and you will end up with this.

The old quilt was my thrift store purchase for today. I wanted an old quilt to put in my swing, that I would not worry about messing up. It is pretty worn and tattered, and I need to make some repairs but as I have said before, I often purchase nostalgia, not perfection.

Love the fabric on these two

This is the back.

You can go here to check out Thrifty Thursday. Have a wonderful evening.


Cass @ That Old House said...

Coffee! I never thought of that -- I've used tea to, well, "tea stain" fabrics. But coffee-- brilliant! I should have realized that, as coffee sure stains clothes when its spilled.

Love the quilt fabric, too.


Nicole A. said...

Awesome!! Love this and will have to try it!!

Amber said...

I've coffee stained before. I love how the dress turned out! Love the quilt too. Very lovely. Oh, I can send you my blueberry jam recipe. Jam is actually quite easy to make. You'll need a boiling water canner. They sell them at Wal-Mart for around $20 if you don't already have one.

Have a great day!

Christina said...

Great idea and how to. Love the little dress too. Looks antique and charming.

Great finds on the quilt too. That will look lovely sitting on a swing.

Runner Mom said...

Now how cute is that!! I would have thought about tea, but not coffee!!

Have a great weekend!!


If you're in Georgia, are you still visting your kids? I'm thinking you are in Florida????? Am I having a senior moment????

Jennifer said...

That quilt will make your swing "a perfect spot"...what a great find!!

Abbie said...

I had done tea on paper to make "pirate maps" when I was a kid, but I never thought of coffee on fabric. Great job. I love your result.

Jessica Morris said...

Thanks for letting me know!! :)
I commented and said you sent me :)

I forgot to get back to you about the thrift store... I actually don't know exactly where it is - just that its in Appling. I haven't been to it yet.

There is a nice Goodwill in North Augusta - it had some pretty nice clothes, I was impressed. I am planning on going back there to buy clothes once I've lost some weight - I've gotten serious about working out again and losing the last of the baby weight!!

Michelle said...

What a neat tip...thanks for sharing! Your idea of an old quilt for the swing is a great one, too :) I appreciate your visit to my blog and the kind words :) Hope you enjoy a super weekend!


Runner Mom said...

OK--so where in GA are YOU??? I declare, I thought you were in FL! So sorry!

I'm near Greenville, SC! 90 mintes from the GA state line!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is such a great little trick! I love it!

Smelling Coffee said...

What a great idea to age a garment. It really looks authentically old. :-)

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