If you’re like me, you find random stains and bleach spots on items of clothing all the time. How they get there, I’ll never know. I blame the house elf.
Here’s a quick and easy way to reclaim some of your favs, and have a little DIY fun while you’re at it. Nads got me on to this trick when she made my girls some sweet tanks for Valentine’s Day one year. It’s an easy craft, even for beginners, and a good way to revamp some clothes you might otherwise discard.
The only thing to remember is that the colour you get where the bleach is applied is a little hard to predict. In this case, you might think bleach would give you a light green but in fact it went a little yellow. So try to keep an experimental attitude and tell yourself that the surprising outcomes are half the fun.
Here, I used an old tank that the house elf had spashed with bleach. The “stencils” were cut from some daisy trim ribbon that I found at the local fabric store. I used a 50-50 blend of bleach and water, and lined the tank with a plastic bag to keep the bleach from spreading to the back. Just apply your stencils, spray with a little of the bleach solution, and wait a few minutes for the colour to appear. Rinse it well, and voilà – you’ve got a brand new tank!
Some instructions I’ve seen say to use a cotton blend, since pure cotton will be damaged by the bleach. But I’ve done this project a number of times, and I’ve never had a problem with a 50-50 solution. And some fabrics seem to be bleach-resistant, even with pure bleach, so be prepared to give up if you come across one of these.
Try this using crochet doilies from the thrift store, or shapes you cut out yourself. You’ll love this easy way to give some of your old favourites a new lease on life. And you’ll be outsmarting the house elf.