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Vintage, time worn, and antiqued are very popular. The easiest way to get a vintage charm look on fabric is already in your cupboards - tea bags!

Vintage, time worn, and antiqued are very popular. The easiest way to get a vintage charm look on fabric is already in your cupboards - tea bags!

What you'll need

Tools

In With the Old

Materials


Here's How

  1. Cut canvas to desired size of seat cushion (shown 20" x 15").
  2. Make a tea bath in your sink with 6 - 8 tea bags. Soak the cut canvas until desired colour is achieved.
  3. Air-dry and iron smooth.
  4. Place two pieces together and sew three sides.
  5. Find centre of cushion and make a line with painter's tape.
  6. Place the middle (largest) initial, and stencil using the black paint in a dry brush method.
  7. Stencil the other initials 1/2" from the bottom of middle initial. Let dry.
  8. Make another strong tea bath in a bowl. With a paintbrush, paint the tea on the cushion in a random pattern to enhance the antique look.
  9. Stuff the pillows lightly and sew the open side closed.

Braid
  1. Cut six stands of jute 90" long.
  2. With hot glue, glue the rope strands in pairs. Glue the three pairs together.
  3. Braid the entire length, and glue the ends together.
  4. Hot glue the braid around the outside of cushion. Cut the braid to meet the ends, and glue in place.