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Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

 

Periodically we have a clothing cull in our house.  The kids grow like weeds, and I think we are all pretty hard on our clothes.  Here is a really fun way to recycle old pairs of jeans into something new!  I've been wanting to try using bleach on a fabric project for a while now, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.  My daughter used textile paints on her pocket, as it seemed the more sensible option for a 7yr old.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

We gathered all our bits and pieces together.  I used thick household bleach for this project, and was careful to wear gloves and an apron.  The stamps I used where little cheap rubber stamps - I washed them well after use, and they appear to have survived the bleach unscathed!

First we cut out our pockets from two old pairs of mens jeans.  Next time I plan to experiment with different fabrics - this would certainly work with any cotton pockets.  I also cut scraps out of the jeans and tried stamping on them first.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

I poured the bleach onto folded up kitchen towel as I wanted to be able to load my stamp without saturating it.  As you can see in the picture I also used the rubber on the end of a pencil as a impromptu stamp!  Once the bleach had done its job to my liking, I popped the pockets through a wash to remove it.

My daughter used a combination of paintbrushes and foam stamps to get the pattern that she wanted.  Our textile paint required ironing and then running through the washing machine to fix.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

Here are our pockets once they had been washed and dried - we were really pleased with our results. I over-stamped one of the bleached pockets with a black ink to help pick out the flower shape.  We then set about embellishing them. (You can see my daughter was one step ahead of me here!)

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

Make a cute bag with bleach stamping and a pocket cut from a pair of Jeans. Great way to re-purpose old clothes! This DIY project is super easy and fun to make.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Cathy

    Awesome idea! And it seems like something even my 4-year-old could do. One question, though. When you say “thick household bleach” what does that mean? Is there a particular brand you use? The only bleach I’ve ever seen was the consistency of water

    August 2, 2016 at 2:55 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You can get one which is a little more viscous that water – here in the UK some say thick bleach on the bottle (think its meant to clean to things like toilet bowls) but any will do I would imagine, just easier to splash a thinner bleach!

      August 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply How to Sunday #17 - Monkey and Mouse

    […] How to Sunday linky I really enjoyed Craft Invaders Pretty Pocket Purses.  I love upcycled crafts and these look fab, so many ideas for personalising […]

    January 30, 2016 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks for featuring our pockets – they are a great way to start upcycling without having to do much sewing :)

      January 31, 2016 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    These are so cute! Great use of upcycling, I love how different you can make them. I’ve not tried stamping using bleach, it looks ver effective though. Love the idea of embellishing further with crochet too. Thanks so much for linking up to #Howtosunday :) x
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    January 30, 2016 at 8:16 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Jenny. I have a huge pile of old T-shirts waiting for a new project, so I’m hoping to do some more upcycling crafts soon :)

      January 31, 2016 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    These are so cute and what an original idea to use pockets, I’ve never thought to use bleach as a stamp but it is really effective on the denim and the lace trim looks perfect with the bleach stamps. I was about to ask how you stitched the sides *doh* that’s all done for you in the pocket! A great idea. Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure.

    July 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks so much for the linky and kind feedback. We’ll be trying the Sticky Weed fishing game from your blog this weekend :)

      July 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm

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