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Fall’s Hottest Fashion DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

By Dr. Laundry September 21, 2012

The hot trend in denim this fall is polka dots! But why spend hundreds of dollars on designer jeans when it is so simple to make your own with a pair you already own? Below are some instructions on how you can create your own pair of designer-inspired jeans for a fraction of the price and just a bit of effort. Be sure to let us know how your pair turns out in the comments section and feel free to link to a picture of your results!

Materials:


  • Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel (1 to 2)

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide (1 quart)

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic Spoons

  • Timer

  • Old, white, full-size towels


DIY Polka Dot Jeans Directions:

  1. Line the inside of the jeans with plastic (such as a cut open plastic shopping bag) to protect the gel from bleeding through from one side to the other.

  2. Shake the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel with the cap on.

  3. Begin applying the gel: using the fine point tip, gently squeeze out a 1/4 inch dot.

  4. Continue applying gel dots in a polka dot pattern, working in one direction (such as waist to hem) with the dots you have already applied always away from you.

  5. Allow the dots to sit for 2 hours.

  6. Keeping the jeans flat on the counter/work surface, gently remove the plastic liners from inside the pant legs.

  7. Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide directly onto each of the dots, allowing it to soak into the fabric. This stops the bleaching action, and prevents any gel from lightening other parts of the blue jeans during rinsing.

  8. When all the dots have hydrogen peroxide on them, slide them into the sink a little at a time, scraping and rinsing away the gel dots as you go with warm water.

  9. Squeeze the pants dry using old towels.

  10. Air dry the jeans completely before repeating the treatment on the other side of the jeans.

  11. After rinsing the second round of gel polka dots, run the jeans through a gentle cycle using cool water and a little detergent.


Be sure to stick around for next week’s second part of our DIY Fall Fashion series…