November 3, 2011

Bleach-ness

Tere is nothing more disappointing than "ruining" a good article of clothing with something like bleach. There is also nothing more satisfying than finding a crafty solution!

Unfortunately for my favorite leggings they got a splash of bleach on them.



My Solution - more bleach and a little awesomeness.


I used a bleach pen that you can find in the cleaning aisle at the grocery store or Target.


Place a piece of foil, paper bag, or something thick between the layers of your piece. Make your design, and let it sit for about 30 minutes so it can really soak in.


Then just throw them in the wash and you have your one-of-a-kind finished product!





I also did a shirt even though it didn't have any bleach on it before. I really loved the design and I can't stop thinking about what to bleach next!






The possibilities are endless, think about how many things you can bleach. Old t-shirts, rags, kitchen cloths, totes, headbands, socks, undies.. the list goes on.

** Something to note: I've had a bunch of questions about this project where the material is "bleached" but the stain doesn't stay. The first shirt that I bleached was from the GAP and the same thing happened to me. I did a quick search and  what I've come up with is that the material probably has a polyester or other synthetic content, most synthetics can not be bleached (think plastic). The shirt that I share here was from Target and it was 100% cotton. So be sure to check your materials before investing time in a great design!**

Have anything in mind to bleach? Have you ever come up with a crafty solution to fix an unfortunate one? I'd love to hear about it!





38 comments:

  1. lookin' SO good. this is such a great idea!

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  2. Kristen, that's awesome

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  3. what a brilliant idea!! I cant wait to try this!...now if only i could draw pretty things! ha maybe i'll start with some herringbone pattern!
    -m

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  4. @The Waits. Herringbone sounds like a great idea! I have a great image in my head of what that would look like, maybe I'll try it too! I just made some dog bowls with that pattern and I'm hoping to post about it this week.

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  5. You are an incredibly talented girl. I love everything you do. I'm glad you use your gifts and brighten my life. Mom

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  6. That is such an awesome idea! Much better than me trying to dig through my bazillion permanent markers to find the right shade that will cover the bleach spot. ;) Just bought a couple thrift store shirts to try this on!

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  7. This might just save a shirt I was so sad about! I got it at goodwill and splashed bleach on it the FIRST TIME I wore it to work... It has a decorative border on the neckline but the rest is plain purple so I think I'll try to mimic the pattern of the border. And if I mess up I can bleach the rest of the shirt white, too, but leave the pretty border :)

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  9. So lovely! I used this as in inspiration to make my own shirt! I am blogging about it tomorrow and showing an image of your shirt - with credit given to you. Hope that is ok. Your shirt is FANTASTIC.
    -Katie

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  10. This is just too ingenous! I have had so many 'bleach booboos' over the years and this idea is spectacular! Thanks!

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  11. This is just brilliant! Love, love love! You've inspired me to make a dress for my daughter. I'm linking back to this post pinning. :)

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  12. Found this at the perfect time; found I "ruined" my favorite cotton T this morning. Love this idea!

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  13. Hey did my own last night and love it! here is a link to it on pinterest (which links back here) http://pinterest.com/pin/41728734017668827/

    -kelsey swanson

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    1. LOVE LOVE LOVE how yours turned out!! :)

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  14. Krissie RichardsonMay 11, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    I am so glad I came across your idea! I am a hairdresser and am constantly mucking up my clothes with color stains and bleach spots. I either wear them stained or use them as rags. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Krissie:)

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  15. This is such an awesome idea! I love it!!

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  16. I bought 2 at Walmart, 100% cotton. The light colored one worked great but not the dark-colored one :( I will go get another bleach pen and try to trace the design, maybe leave it longer this time.

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  17. Never mind--once it washed out it was perfect! Not as white as yours, but still very cool! Now I want to try to do it in script!

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    1. Script would be so neat! What a great idea! You'll have to show us when you're done. :)

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  18. Great Ideea!!!!!!!I love it when our creative side takes over our brain-those sparks of ideas! thanks for sharing

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  19. I love your design! I made my own shirt and used your design... (hope it's OK) ☺
    Blogging about it and linking to your blog to give you credit!

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  20. Hey! My design/bleach stained some of the rest of the shirt. Any ideas on how to keep this from happening again. Love the idea... Just somewhat disappointed in the results.

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    1. Hi Arias - try letting the bleach sit for a while till it's kind of crusty and almost dry. I did this with mine and had no issues. Let me know if that helps!

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  21. Love this idea I have loads of fabric scraps I am going to give it a go...thank you for the inspiration

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  22. Love your work! I have a slightly different idea on bleach pens, I would love to have anyone check it out, pin it, etc.
    Find it at
    http://ktapparel.blogspot.com/

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  24. I added a link to your blog. Currently, I have no readers but I hope someday this will change.

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  25. You are very clever!! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I have a quick question for those that have done this... did the area where you bleached it soon fall apart of was it ok wash after wash after wash?? When I was in HS it was popular to "stain" bleach jeans and then tended to tear where they were bleached.... just wondering how well the tshirt holds up after this...I would LOVE LOVE to do this to a few shirts I have!!

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    1. I've worn mine about a dozen times and it's held up well. And I used inexpensive Walmart shirts.

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  27. For the record, there's a difference between the regular bleach pen and the bleach pen for whites. I for one didn't realize. One did absolutely nothing to my Target t-shirt and the other did just the trick! Make sure you pick up the right pen. =)

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  28. This idea is so great! One note i have is that the bleach pen has the tendency to pour out a thick stream if you're not careful... i went with the thick lines for my design instead of keeping the bleach layer thin and (duh!) the bleach spread much farther than i expected when the cotton started to absorb it, so my lines were not as exact as i'd hoped. i tried a few swirls with a much thinner layer and everything was fine!

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  29. I LOVE, LOVE this idea!
    This is sooo good and interesting idea!
    kisses!
    http://thekityshoesworld.blogspot.com.ar/

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  30. I saw a similar idea on martha stewart for making linen napkins and I have the right pen but does anyone have an idea of how to keep it from bleeding so you get a crisp line?

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  31. Soft Scrub (yes, the cleaner) actually works very well too. It can hold the lines a little better than the bleach gel. Use a fine line paint brush to apply. Another trick I have learned is that after the initial rinsing away of the bleach, soak the piece of fabric in one part hydrogen peroxide to 8 parts water. The hydrogen peroxide neutralizes the bleach so it doesn't continue to eat away at the fabric.

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  32. Tried this today .... Totally TOTALLY AWESOME. saved one of my favorite shirt....Thanks for the tutorial ... YOU ROCK!!!

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