So I made the most awesome thing last night. Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Ha!
I don’t know if you remember me posting about my refashioned shirt that my husband ruined with an ink pen or not, but that shirt was the original intention of this post. I had to think quick, and change stuff around (I think it worked out OK). So since my old shirt was repurposed, I needed a new idea. I was at the store buying all the things, when I saw a cheap and simple little dress/coverup and had an idea.
If I couldn’t bleach out a shirt, I was going to bleach out this coverup and have the coolest coverup at the beach/pool this summer.
Enter, the best idea I’ve had in a long time…
The DIY Bleached Beach Coverup! Using FREEZER PAPER! How easy is that?
If you’ve never heard of Freezer Paper, you must live under a rock, because it’s slowly becoming THE craft item to have around your house. Go grab some now! I’ll wait while you add it on the shopping list….
It’s traditionally used for wrapping food in, to freeze or store, but us crafty folks use it for quilting, art projects and now bleaching stuff!
It’s basically butcher paper with a thin coating of plastic on the back, so it irons on things very easily, but also comes off just as easily! And it’s mostly bleach resistant! So this is what I did…
I scoured Pinterest looking for a “beachy” saying for my shirt… and found a super cute printable of The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” with some butterflies around it. If you’ve got a fancy machine that pulls images off the internet and cuts them for you, you’re already halfway done. I don’t, (my machine was made in 2012 *sadface*) so I sketched it out on the matte side of my freezer paper (after measuring my surface)…
and cut it out by hand.
Every… last… piece.
It’s a good thing I don’t have the attention span of a gnat. Next I placed my dress on my ironing board and with quick passes, ironed down each piece where I wanted it to go. Make sure you really secure those EDGES or the bleach will seep in and ruin your masterpiece.
Pretty snazzy huh? At this point I am already loving it.
Next I took some towels that I don’t care about and laid them flat inside my dress. I wanted the front to be bleached out, but I didn’t want bleeding through the fabric. I also took a small spray bottle and filled it up, half water, half bleach. Your regular old laundry variety bleach works perfectly.
Take your project outside and lightly mist it with the bleach, careful not to soak it too much as the fabric will bleed if it gets too wet.
Within a few minutes it started turning that reddish bleached hue. It works faster on lightweight fabrics, so if you’re using something heavier, just wait longer. I also took my bleach mixture and added some big drops here and there for some visual variety and texture. Once I was happy with the lightness of the garment, I rinsed it out in my bathtub and peeled off my freezer paper. Then I washed out the bleach with a tiny bit of laundry soap, wrung it out and hung it to dry! Depending on how light you want it, remember that it will look lighter while the bleach is still on it, so if you want it super light, make sure you leave it on a good while. I just needed a bit of a color change so my letters would stand out nicely.
The lighting is horrible because by the time my dress was dry it was dark outside and I had to use the hall lights to shoot the photo. I feel like I got my desired effect though, and I know I will be the ONLY person with this coverup on this summer! Plus, since it’s just a sun dress, it would be a cute nighttime outfit, after a day at the beach! Why not right?
I may decide to take some better photos tomorrow of it in natural light, but for now I think you get the idea! The best part? The whole project took me only about an hour and a half from start to rinse! I want to grab some canvas totes and make my friends some beach bags now! Or a cute makeup bag! The ideas are endless! If you can bleach it, you can customize it!
Have you ever used Freezer Paper for crafting? What projects have you made with it? Will you make a DIY Beach Coverup?