Do you have fabric scraps laying around your house? Why not bleach cool sayings and designs and put them in a bright plastic frame?!
Clorox bleach pen
Fabric pen (optional)
Small plastic frames
I just organized all of my fabric into several bins and put together this bin with scraps and remnants. I had so many colors and styles to choose from! But first I needed to test the fabric to see how it reacted to the bleach.
Because not all fabric is bleach-able, I had to test them first. To test for bleach-ability, I snipped off the corner of fabrics under consideration and laid them out on a paper towel.
I shook the bleach pen and squeezed a little bit out on a paper towel before applying to fabric.
I drew a triangle on each piece of fabric to also test how much it will bleed.
A bubble formed in the bleach gel as I was applying it to this piece of fabric. I popped with a toothpick and added more bleach to cover it up.
I let the bleach covered fabric sit undisturbed for 30 minutes.
I checked back after a half an hour and noticed that some pieces of fabric were clearly bleached.
I rinsed each piece of fabric thoroughly.
I inspected the fabric to see which ones bleached nicely and set them aside. Then I paired the fabric with the frames I had and came up with a design or saying for each one.
For shapes and free form letters, I put a small amount of bleach gel on the end of a thick toothpick.
Then I applied a controlled amount of bleach to the fabric.
For the block worded designs I used a plastic stencil.
I put the stencil on the fabric and applied a small amount of bleach using a toothpick.
When I removed the stencil I could see the letter written in bleach.
I continued this process with each of the letters in each word.
Once again, I let the bleach sit undisturbed for 30 minutes.
I rinsed the fabric well and set it out to dry.
Some of the pieces of fabric curled and wrinkled as they dried so I ironed them flat.
I used a fabric pen to outline the bleach on some of the designs. This step is completely optional.
Next I put the fabric into the frames.
I took out the paper insert from the frame and placed on the fabric.
Then I cut around the paper to make sure it would fit in the frame.
I placed the trimmed fabric face down into the frame and latched it in place.