Bleaching Designs onto Denim

I want to bleach designs onto jeans for making a blue jean purse. Has anyone done this and if so which kind of detergent did you use? How well did it work? I am thinking of making a retro jeans purse for the kids for Christmas. Thank you.


By Robyn from Hampton, TN

July 7, 20100 found this helpful

This is called discharge dying. You can use clorox gel with bleach from the bottle to control where the bleach gel goes. Then rinse well in water when you've reached the desired effect. You can also apply the gel with an old paint brush, too, just don't expose the gel to air too long.

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July 7, 20100 found this helpful

I have read where people lay the jeans in a bath tub and do the bleaching there. You would lay them flat and the bleach would go through both sides of the fabric. What they have done is cut designs out of self adhesive paper and stick the paper with the pattern cut out of it onto the fabric and to the areas that you don't want bleached.

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July 7, 20100 found this helpful

Another idea is to use one of the bleach pens (like this one The tip would allow you to draw the design on.

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

Several years ago I saw a lady on an HGTV craft show use dishwasher gel detergent to write on jeans and said it was much safer on the fabric then using bleach. Her designs came out perfect.

It was on a Carol Duval segment, try searching this link: ... n/375620-hgtvs-carol-duval-show.html

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

I use the bleach pen, works great to put initials on the dark colored socks!

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