DIY bleach printed jumpsuits

March 15, 2012 | DIY, Guest Post

Hello hello!

It’s me, Aude, from Heodeza again. I’m very excited to show you a versatile DIY today. I’ve chosen to print a set of cute little jumpsuits, but you could actually use the same method on lots of other materials: t-shirts, shorts, plain fabric… anything really! The only thing you should keep in mind is that the bleach is going to take away some of the colour of the fabric. Dark tones therefore usually work better, but bright colours should be fine too.

Please note that bleach is a toxic substance and that you should therefore be extra careful when handling it. Make sure to work in a well ventilated area as this project can get a little smelly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

These materials will allow you to make a set with three different jumpsuits.

 

For Jumpsuit 1 – polka dots:

Step 1: Place a flat protecting surface inside the jumpsuit (newspaper or cardboard will do the trick) to stop the bleach from leaking through to the back.

Step 2: Pour a small quantity of bleach in a flat container and softly dab the end of your cork in it. Make sure there isn’t too much bleach on the cork – it could drip on the jumpsuit and make unwanted marks. The bleach I used also tended to make ‘threads’ when I lifted the cork up, so I had to be extra careful that they were gone before moving my hand towards the fabric.

Step 3: Press the bleached cork down on the jumpsuit to make a dot. You will see the colour change slowly as time passes.

Step 4: Cover the whole front of the jumpsuit with cork-dots. Let dry for a while. Turn over and repeat on the back.

Step 5: Once the back of the jumpsuit is ready and has dried too, remove the flat protective surface you had inserted in the jumpsuit and rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water. Wash in your usual laundry cycle before wearing.

 

For jumpsuit 2 – starry night spots:

Step 1: Place a flat protecting surface inside the jumpsuit (newspaper or cardboard will do the trick) to stop the bleach from leaking through to the back.

Step 2: Pour a small quantity of bleach in a container and dip a cotton bud in the liquid. Make sure there isn’t too much bleach on the cotton bud so that it doesn’t drip on the fabric.

Step 3: Press the bleached cotton bud onto the jumpsuit to make spots. You will see the colour change slowly as time passes.

Step 4: Cover the whole front of the jumpsuit with cotton bud spots. Let dry for a while. Turn over and repeat on the back.

Step 5: Once the back of the jumpsuit is ready and has dried too, remove the flat protective surface you had inserted in the jumpsuit and rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water. Wash in your usual laundry cycle before wearing.

 

For jumpsuit 3 – sailor stripes:

Step 1: Place a flat protecting surface inside the jumpsuit (newspaper or cardboard will do the trick) to stop the bleach from leaking through to the back.

Step 2: Apply strips of masking tape on the front of the jumpsuit, leaving lines of your preferred width. Make sure to protect the edges of the lines too (in the collar, sleeves and leg areas).

Step 3: Pour a small quantity of bleach in a container. With the paintbrush, apply bleach on the surfaces between the strips of tape. Try not to take too much bleach in one go as it will try and seep under the tape if a spot is too wet.

Step 4: Once the jumpsuit is dry, remove the masking tape and the flat protective surface you had inserted in the jumpsuit. Rinse the fabric thoroughly with cold water. Wash in your usual laundry cycle before wearing.

There you go: three adorable little jumpsuits to give to a friend who just had a baby, or to make for your own little one!

This technique also works with other motifs of course. You can see other prints that I’ve made with homemade stamps here and here.

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11 Comments

  1. These are adorable! ♥

  2. This is a great idea! thank you!

  3. Seriously, genius.

  4. Wina

    Simple, smart, beautiful

  5. This might be the best idea EVER! SO great….I’m gonna make a T for myself!

  6. this is awesome, it looks great!

  7. Wow .. so many of your amazing tutorials featured on babble.com
    Each one that I absolutely loved took me to this cute little blog!! Love them!!
    :))

  8. p.s I’m from Brisbane too except I now live in California .. very cool!!
    :))

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