Bleach Discharge Packer Curtains (FAIL)

This week we are fixing up my sons bedroom. One of the things I have been looking at is curtains but there is no way I am paying $27.00 for one panel (and it is ugly!)  I really want dark green curtains with the logo but I was unable to find what I was looking for.

Ugly Packer Curtains from the Packers Pro Shop

 So one of my favorite crafting blogs is Crap I’ve Made she did a Freezer Paper and Bleach shirt and it got me thinking I could do a bleach discharge with my curtains.  I have done a bleach discharge in the past but it was BC (Before Children) so it has been many years.  I pulled my reference book “Complex Cloth” and reread all the safety steps on how to use bleach (bleach can be a very dangerous chemical and needs to be used with proper care – THIS PROJECT IS NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN!)

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (TAKEN FROM COMPLEX CLOTH):
Household bleach contains chlorine and can be dangerous if misused.  Read the warning label on the bottle and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.  If you have heart or respiratory problems, do not work with bleach.
– Always work outside, if possible or in a well-ventilated area.  Protect the area surrounding your work surface with a plastic drop cloth or sheeting.
– Wear protective goggles and rubber gloves.  If you are spraying bleach, wear a respirator.
– Prewash the fabric you intend to bleach in hot water with a mild detergent such as Synthrapol.  Manufacturer’s sizing frequently contains formaldehyde, which may react with bleach to produce toxic fumes.


 I know you are thinking I am a crazy woman for posting safety precautions on bleach.  Having used bleach to clean marble I had to acquire the MSDS Sheets for bleach, it can be very hazardous to your health and for that reason I do not recommend this project for young children.  This is not a tie-dye project.  This is a project that uses a chemical to remove color from fabric, granted it is just a house hold cleaner but it can be very dangerous if precautions are not taken.  With that being said lets get to work!

Since bleach can be a little on the unforgiving side I had to have a plan.  I had an old flat twin sheet dark green that I was just going to cut up and not do anything with.  Well it had a stain on it, I believe I used this sheet for a drop cloth at some point and time and got Linseed Oil on it, so my main reason for doing this was to cover the giant stain.  I have also really wanted to do some fabric dye items (I have everything to do it, it is just sitting in the garage waiting for me to pull it out).  I drew the design out on regular paper and made a stencil then traced it on to the freezer paper (shiny side down).  I cut everything out with an Exacto Knife (always use a new blade, when you start a new project, makes for less cursing).  I then ironed everything down.  I brought the sheet outside to bleach it.

Now one thing I will say is working with bleach is very unpredictable.  For instance you get bleach on your favorite jeans the white blob is instant.  For some reason trying to get bleach to bleach a dark green sheet did not go as planned.

My Bleach Discharge FAIL.

So my curtains had so much promise but now I have a mess.  I’m thinking paint will be very useful in trying to fix this mess.  I will be posting updates on this until I either give up or they turn out.  I took a picture of my bleach fail to show to everyone that not all of my “brilliant” ideas work.  Hopefully I will be able to make this work if not this drop cloth sheet will once again be a drop cloth sheet.

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