Saturday, 17 March 2012

DIY how to tie-bleach denim

I have fond memories as a kid of the 90s sporting a lovely pair of flared jeans. But they weren't just any jeans, they had bleached FIRE up the sides and i never took them off.
This is why I am fully supporting the experimental jeans revival seen here and here.

My lack of funds decided that I had a go myself, so here's a little DIY of how to make some stupid looking jeans.

What you will need:
  • Jeans (I also bleached a jacket)
  • Washing-up bowl
  • Thick bleach
  • Rubber gloves (used about 5 pairs for some reason)
  • Elastic bands
  • Scissors
  • Washing machine
  • Tap/Sink
  • A cat (optional

Scrunch up the denim at various places and add a load of elastic bands to form a tight ball..

..go at it with the bleach and leave for a good 20 minutes.

Rinse with cold water, cutting off elastic bands and then give it a quick wash in the machine at 40°.

After the wash I decided to repeat the whole process to experiment with different shades and overlapping of bleach, so this time i left to develop for about 10 minutes.

Keep the 90s alive kids,
Helen x


  1. i need to try it out , it looks ace

  2. Thank you for this DIY, I've just find your blog and I really love your tutorials, now I have to try a lot of them, you give me so much work to do!!


  3. your work is great!!
    thank god you did not bleach the cat, he's a star !!

  4. I've been toying with the idea of doing a DYI dye/bleach look!
    Your jeans look aweasome!

    Following you also! :)

    Please check out my blog x

  5. This is fab. I used to love my bleached jeans!! x

  6. Love your blog, so I'm a new follower =)


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