How to Bleach Designs Into My Jeans

Gwen Stefani wears killer bleach-out jeans.

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Jeans with a bleached-out effect have been a wardrobe staple amongst street fashion scenesters ever since Balmain showed them on the runway several years ago. They're edgy, sexy and have that agitated, seventies punk-rock vibe to them. What's also special about them is that you don't have to spend a ton of cash to get a designer version -- they're easy to make yourself. All you'll need is a pair of jeans and a few household items to turn out some one-of-a-kind originals. Beware though, once your friends see your new blues, they'll be begging you to make some for them, too.


Working at a kitchen sink or laundry sink -- you don't want to accidently splash bleach in the bathroom -- put three quarts of water in a bucket. Add in roughly one quart of chlorine bleach.


Wet down your jeans in the sink. Gather bits of the fabric and secure by tightly wrapping rubber bands around each bunch. Repeat until bunches are evenly distributed all over the jeans. Make bunches as big or small as you'd like.


Wearing rubber gloves, immerse the jeans in the water/bleach solution. Let them sit until the desired shade of light blue is achieved.


Remove your jeans from the bucket and rinse thoroughly under warm water in the sink. Snip the rubber bands with scissors to remove them from your jeans.


Wash your jeans as usual in the washing machine with detergent. After the cycle is complete, throw them in the dryer for about 30 minutes on medium heat.

Things You'll Need


1.One pair of jeans

3.Bag of rubber bands

5.Laundry detergent


2.Large bucket

4.Container of bleach

6.Rubber gloves


Tips & Tricks


When using bleach, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.


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