Monday, February 21, 2011

Sew and Tell: bleach pen pillow

I’ve seen the bleach pen technique done before but when I happened upon a cute t-shirt over at KraftyKat, I was inspired to give it a try.

The technique uses a bleach pen on fabric to create a batik type design. I wanted to practice on scrap fabric first and liked how this green fabric took the bleach.

Bleach on the fabric

To make a bleach pen project, you simply draw your design on the fabric and let it sit. The longer you wait - the lighter the area will be. Then rinse under cold water.
Crafty Tip: Wear old clothes and cover your work area or work at your kitchen counter.

I made a pillow out my bleach pen design. I felt it was a little plain and couldn’t resist adding a piece of torn fabric and tying a bow.

I still have plenty of bleach in my pen so I’ll either be making more bleach pen projects…or cleaning the tile grout.

This project is linked at the following:

   Making  Texas Monkey

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.


  1. Amazing! What a neat idea! Your projects always turn out so nice!

  2. gorgeous pillow! I can't wait to try this project.

  3. Love it! What an original and fun idea!

  4. I've been meaning to do this too! Looks great, stop by sometime

  5. This is pure genius! Now I just need to figure out how I can use it too....thanks so much for sharing!

  6. What a beautiful pillow! I love the design. Amazing what you can do with bleach!!


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