Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bleach Pen Fun

Most mothers would say, "Don't play with that bleach
pen and don't get it near dark fabrics."

But I am going to tell you to get it out and
to have some fun with it.

My good friend Lila taught the Young
Women at our church this fun and
artistic design method.
See her fabrics and patterns
by clicking here.

She is now designing for Riley Blake.
Here is a peek at one of her new fabrics
she is showing on her site.

Isn't she talented?

We love having her teach us new ideas.

You can use this to repair holes or just to decorate.

On this pair of jeans
 I tried to check for large rips
that were manufacture made before I bought them,
 but on this pair
I switched them out for another design on the
pockets and forgot to look at the front again
for huge rips.  I am ok with small ones -
see how we give in to fashion
after a while!

The rips were just a little too big for me
and I had purchased them on vacation so
couldn't return them.  I couldn't even get my teenage
daughter to wear them, the holes were too big for her too.

I figured they were
a lost cause, until I heard about this.

I decided to cut them off into shorts, and to use the
bottom legs for the patches.  You could just use
another pair of old jeans to cut a patch.

Hope you can see the penned outline of the leaves.
You might want to draw your design on paper
first and get it the way you want it.

Then using a Clorox bleach pen (use a fresh one so that
it flows smoothly), make your design. 

I like to have a paper towel in hand to catch
any drips by wiping the tip before and
after I draw.

You can let it air dry (like the flower)
or speed it along with a blow dryer.

Then cut the design out leaving a border.

You will need to open the pant leg up to sew
the patch on.  Since I was making shorts I
opened from the bottom, but with pants, just
open as much as necessary. 

Pin and sew in place.
Sew the pant leg closed.
Hem if you need to.

Here's the finished shorts.

(Self portraits are a little difficult.)

You can apply this to t-shirts also.
I did an internet search for swirl designs
then practiced it until I felt confident that
I could make it.

Insert a large piece of foil or wax paper inside
the garment so the bleach doesn't seep through.

You didn't have to do this on the jean fabric
because it is so thick.

I chose a previously worn black t-shirt.

I drew this one with a silver marker since the
fabric was so dark.

Draw over the design with the bleach pen.

Let the shirt sit until you have reached the
desired amount of bleaching.

Black takes quite a while.
Rinse in cool water
and wash and dry.

If you do make a drip, incorporate
it into your design.

I dripped, so then I decided to add
decorative dots.

Can you tell which dot is an accident?

I have a new outfit to wear today.

Have fun, the designs and applications are endless.

I think I will do a turquoise t-shirt next.

I will be posting this on

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  1. What a great idea !!! and a great job you did !!!...happy sunday Ria....

  2. This is a FABULOUS idea! Did your daughter want them NOW
    Hugs, Donna

  3. Cute idea and what a great way to "save" a pair of jeans!

  4. Fabulous. Great way to get a new look out of existing clothes and too stinkin' cute too!

  5. Super idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Cherry Kay

  6. I would never thought of doing that with a bleach pen-what a great idea!

  7. I meant to ask you where you got those cute shorts. I had no idea you made them! I am going to have to steal them and wear em'. So cute! (You took Kylie off my hands, so I actually have time to look at your blog)

  8. Hi,

    Oh my goodness - what a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing. I am off to buy a clorox pen and give this a try.
    Have a lovely day.

  9. Cannot get enough of how cute and creative this is!! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I would also like to invite you to link up to my party every Friday @ Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  10. Wow! The famous Jessica made a comment!!! I do not like the rips in jeans that are not reinforced! They say that they do not rip...but that isn't true. I think there would be lots of uses for the bleach pens. Glad you liked the sour cream pie recipe...the raspberry version sounds great too! Joni

  11. Jackie, I've gotten behind on blogging with our crisis this week, but this is a great project for Allie now that she needs to be a bit more sedentary for a while-thanks!!
    xoxo Pattie

  12. I love this idea and I know some girls in my family who will have fun being creative with a bleach pen! Thanks~♥

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