Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In Your Words: My Little Gems' Gym Bags/Designing with Bleach

The thread was flying,
the needle bobbing,
and last minute preparations for the day's blog hop were keeping me in a stir all week and into the night! 
In fact, I was in such a rush I even threaded my machine needle with my bobbin thread! 
Now that is a new one on me!!
And believe me I have done some doozies in the past! 
Just last week shopping in Costco with Linda (yes, Linda who is our blog hop leader and my sister) I walked off with the wrong shopping cart! 
It went unnoticed until Linda wanted to know where her Nutella was and... where were my HDMI cables?
Trust me... life's a trip!
Never a dull moment. 

It is all worth it to be able to share my little gems' gym bags!
My little gems are my eleven grandchildren.  (That makes me sound so old!)
This Valentine's day they will be receiving their own personalized gym bag
with a few little surprises inside....
nine bags completed!  Two more to go.

So my contribution to our blog hop today are the little gym bags with some fun words
bleached and embellished.
Designing with Clorox Pen and fabric marker!







Here are the guidelines for this project:
  1. Do a time bleach test on a sample of your fabric to decide how long to leave the bleach.  I cut several 1" squares and squeezed a little bleach on each and rinsed one at a time in 10 minute intervals. 
  2. For the bag cut two panels 15"(or 14) x 18" (I got four bags from one yard of 60" wide cotton duck)
  3. Press each section onto the waxy side of freezer paper to stabilize during bleaching.
  4. Design the fabric with the Clorox pen using the narrow tip side. Squeeze gently and evenly, moving as smoothly as possibly.   
  5. Watch the clock and rinse at the appropriate time previously decided in the bleach test. Gently remove from the freezer paper.
  6. Add baking soda liberally to the wash tub of cool rinse water or you can sprinkle baking soda directly onto the bleached area and then rinse.
  7.  Rinse in cool water until all the bleach is removed.
  8. Lay the fabric on an old towel. Roll the fabric into it and gently squeeze.  Open it up, remove the panel from the towel. Lay flat to dry. 
  9. Once dry.  Go back into the design using a Fabric Sharpie marker and embellish with more details.  The fun continues!
  10. NOTE:  Pictured below, way below, are the Clorox types I used.  I used the Pen type to draw and then used the gel (toilet bowl cleaner) in a bowl for stamping the bleach.  The gel is more liquified and thus runs outside of the lines more.  But for those of you who do not have the Clorox pens you MIGHT try the gel in a bottle with a NARROW opening like a glue bottle. Be resourceful and let me know how it works.   I have not tried this myself but now I will have to!
The Gem Bag Construction
      • Press down  1" on top edge of both pieces.
      • Clean finish the top edges on both pieces (zig-zag or stitch a narrow edge)
      • On sides about 2" down (where the casing will be open for the drawstrings) clean finish the edges.
      • Stitch along the top, leaving the ends open.
    • Sides and Bottom of bag
      • Stitch sides starting at top stitching leaving casings open on the sides. 
      • Stitch bottom and opposite side ending at stitching for casing.
      • At bottom corners stitch diagonally creating a triangle 2" in both directions from the corner.  This will be for serve to lessen stress on grommets.
    • Grommets
      • 1/4" grommets are attached using manufacturer's directions.  Place in bottom corners inside of triangles.
    • Drawstings
      • 1/4" cording ( I found 1/4" clothesline rope in white at my local grocery store which is economical, attractive and sturdy. 100' for about $2)
      • Cut two sections each about 2 yards long.  (Total 4 yards per bag.)
      • Run the first cord through both casing returning to its starting place.  Pull cord ends down to the grommet and run both ends through the grommet and knot ends together to keep them secure. 
      • Second cord will start on the opposite side as the first cord, run through both casing and returning to where it started. Pull cord down to grommet and secure
        with a knot. (The first cord starts and ends on one side.  The second cord starts and ends on the opposite side.  To close the bag pull the cords on both sides at the same time. )
       

Thank you, Madame Samm and Linda!  What a great idea! 

This has been a fun experience! 

Oh, I almost forgot! 
Leave a comment so I will have a record of your visit and enter you in my...

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! 

The Winner will be announced on Jan. 24th!

Now, don't forget! 
Be sure to drop in on all the other participating blogs for today. 
Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (Kathy W.)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Doodling in My Mind (YOU ARE HERE  Darla)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.)

Sing Out Loud...Swing High....Watch Ants Crawl..
Find the Artist who's inside of you!
See you in the blogs!
Darla

149 comments:

  1. This is a fabulous idea! Lovely bags for your grandies.

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  2. What a fantastic idea and great finishes too. Thanks for a perfect tutorial. I'll be printing it out to give it a try. I haven't tried any color discharging projects and these instructions will help me out tremendously. Thanks! Jane

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  3. OH MY GOSH! What a fantastic idea! Brilliant. And they look sooo good! Probably wouldn't look as good if it were me - I'm a crummy artist, lol!

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  4. I love those bags and thanks for the tutorial, that is a fabulous idea.

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  5. What a great idea! I love the little cat on the corner of one of the bags! The recipients will love those!

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  6. This is a great technique for designing and writing on fabric. Very creative! Thanks sew much for the detailed how-to and photos. Your gym bags will make great Valentines Day gifts for your grandchildren gems. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  7. WOW! I would never of thought to use the bleach pen that way! Great tutorial and darling bags! Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Oh those bags are absolutely great! Thanks so much for sharing the process too!

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  9. This is stunning. Not for all the money in the world I would come up with the idea to dye the words.

    Greetings,
    Tina

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  10. These bags are so cute, and thanks for the handy tutorial!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gifts with us.

    Lavonna

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  12. Your bags are so cute and you have indeed made a very good tutorial. Thanks for sharing your creativity

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  13. Thank you for the lovely tutorial on using the bleach pens. They are super projects and I am sure your grandies will love them.

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  14. Hi Darla what a great idea and thanks for the tutorial as well. These bags are great for everything not just the gym. My boys have several of these and use them all the time. Thanks for sharing and the Giveaway. Susie x

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  15. Great use of the bleach pen. Your bags turned out great! Love the inspirational sayings.

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  16. Thank you for this useful tutorial. I don't think we can buy Chlorox pens in the UK, but I am going to try this with a paintbrush and thick bleach to make a journal cover.
    I have some Sharpies too and like the idea of adding fine detail with them.

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  17. Wow, they are fantastic! I love the quotes too!

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  18. Very cute idea. I love the little bags.

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  19. I love that idea and I can feel a project coming on. Like Gloria above I don't think we can buy this product in the UK but there is sure to be an alternative product I can use.

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  20. What a great idea! And a great gift that can be used by a variety of ages - a great gift for grandchildren with hearing a lot of squabbling about hearing about the difference in gifts. You have a winner! Thank you for sharing with another grandma who needs ideas for some grandboys!

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  21. Wow!Fabulous! Thank you for sharing today.

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  22. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the information and for the chance to win!

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  23. Wow, those gym bags are way cuter than any I've seen before! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

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  24. Love these bags! My nieces would love them, thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial. Happy quilting!

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  25. These bags are great! Thanks for the tute! I may have to make one for each of my 3 grandchildren!

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  26. I've been wanting it to SNOW for so long now to be able to enjoy endless hours of sewing....NOT ANYMORE! Hurry up WARM SUNNY DAYS!!! I can hardly wait to head to the yard on the first warm day of spring and line the drive with bleachy goodness!!!!!!
    Until then...I will be doodling away creating drawings just for practice!!!!
    sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  27. Wow! This is totally awesome....I know your grandchildren are going to love them. blessings, marlene

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  28. This is the coolest! I'm going to try this one day (I have a 3 month old at the moment and so making stuff is on the slow train). Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  29. I never knew bleach came in hat style! Oh Japan, you are so far behind the rest of the world!

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  30. Oh thank you for that tutorial. My granddaughters (both aged 8) are learning to sew and they might just be able to do their own fabric bleaching for a bag to make on their own.

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  31. what a great project...you provided us with amazing inspiration...way to go my dear...very lovely

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  32. Those bags are just amazeing. You are so talented to be able to just doodle like that in blach and actually end up with gorgeous designs.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. This is a wonderful way of getting your project together...love the bags.

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  34. I am blown away by your project - so beautiful!! Thanks for the detailed instructions - I could never creat anything as beautiful as yours, but I might be able to manage a more "funky" look - ha ha! Pinning now for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Great technique. I really like the variety you created Thanks for all the details and instructions..Super job.

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  36. Darla - What a neat technique and a great tutorial for us - thank you! I'm bookmarking this for one of those rainy days.

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  37. I really like the bag. It turned out great. Thanks for having a give away.

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  38. What a fun thing to do with bleach! Thank you for the tutorial.. I am going to have to try it!

    Pat Sloan
    Radio show Host.. The Voice of Quilting
    http://blog.patsloan.com

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  39. What fun bags! And the idea of using bleach toilet bowl cleaner. Eureka!! I tried a bleach pen thing last year and didn't have much sucess, but I am going to give the TB cleaner a try. Thanks for that great tip. I might just have to make a bag or two myself!:-)

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  40. Clever idea and what fun bags for your grandchildren. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. What a fabulous tutorial !!
    I will have to gve it a try...love the book bags...a great gift idea !
    Thanks forvthe inspiration

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  42. Really cool technique! I'll have to muster the courage to try that!

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  43. Very cute bags! I love working with you because you are so creative and inspiring :) I am going to miss seeing your creations next year when you are retired...I will definitley have to keep up with your blog so I can see all the cool things you are creating :)

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  44. Now this is definitely a technique I have been wanting to try - you have given me the inspiration I needed - thanks for the tutorial to your wonderful bags. Judy C

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  45. How clever you are! Thanks for sharing this new technique.

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  46. what a fascinating technique. thanks for sharing. your backpacks/bags are so great. the designs are really creative too.

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  47. Beautiful1 What a lovely grandmother you are! Thank you sharing how you made your bags.

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  48. Great! I'm definitely going to have to try this, although my "doodles" won't be half as good as yours. I also get out my pen during church and take notes--it keeps me on task. lol These bags are awesome!

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  49. These bags turned out so nicely. Your gems will be proud of their grandma for your creativity! I've used this technique on t-shirts, but the bags are great. I might give them a try too. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  50. what a neat idea. thanks for sharing.

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  51. This is so cool and this is why I love blogging, the sharing aspect!
    Thank you :)

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  52. Hi!!! Wow!!! These are great!!! Love all the detail!!! The little cat is adorable!!! Love your models too!!! Thanks for the tute!!!

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  53. Great idea....nice for my grandkids! Thanks...

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  54. What a great idea! I have never heard of anyone bleaching fabric like this. I would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your bags. They should have been in the top 2 of this day :)

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  55. What a brilliant idea- have to try this technique!

    DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

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  56. You make me so proud! These are really works of art!! You did a great job on the tutorial, too! Way to go!!!

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  57. Hi Darla,
    Just to bring you up-to-date, I had my Viking 6020 serviced at an authorized dealer and he restored it to new! So now the cams work, now I just have to use them, which is more difficult finding a project to do that. I received your beautiful Christmas stocking and have added it to my "stash" for my daughter and son-in-law for a later time. I have been busy with different small projects in addition to my Craftsy BOM done in batiks that I am adding to for my former colleague, a high school art teacher that I am trying to get to learn to sew. I made a purse for my daughter's friend a nurse that has blocks with words about the profession that I got on a Shop Hop. My sister and I have been on two shop hops and are going on another one in April so I have to get busy and do some more sewing. Next project is T-shirt quilts for my daughters. It's easier for me to take a class because I learn what not to do from the teacher's experience and it forces me to sew. I'm also contemplating a designer bag for my daughter to replace the canvas sack she uses for work-I'm thinking Sashiko. Love your website, it's always inspirational. From California, thanks for your ideas. Rosemary

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  58. Love the way these look. I know better than to try. All I have to do is look at bleach and I ruin something. Bleach and I do not get along!

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  59. Great idea to use the bleach pen. I hadn't thought of that, i would usually use marker to write on the bags. But with the bleach marker, it looks like personalized fabric. Thanks for showing how you did it. Can't wait to try it myself.

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  60. What an uber cute idea! I have a ton of grandchildren too with more on the way. We always need bags to carry boots, extra gloves, gym clothes to school so I will definitely have to try this one.

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    1. That has been my experience with the bags. No matter how many they have they always need another one. Thanks for you input and for stopping by the blog.

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  61. What terrific little bags and a great tutorial! Can't wait to try this!

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  62. such a great idea -- I had seen soemthing similar on pinterest but the directions were not tha clear. I may be trying this perhapse for a quilt block in the future.

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    1. As I was working on the panels for the bags I kept thinking this could be used for a quilt. No matter what I do I find someone has already done it and it is posted on pinterest.

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  63. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I had never heard of bleaching fabric like this.

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  64. very creative.. I am pinning this one.. great job and the kids look like they like them

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  65. Thank you. Good idea. Might be something I will learn how to do. Cute bags. Grandkids are gonna love them.

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  66. Um...WOW! You are amazing. Those are fantastic. Thank you for showing us how.

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  67. Love your bleached word bags! I've been meaning to try this and you are giving me the kick that I need! Thanks so much!

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  68. Oh MY what a GREAT idea!!!!!! I know I have some fabric I could use already!!!! Am sending the link to my hippie daughter as this is something she would also make:)
    Thanks!!!!

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  69. I love those and a fun idea to try. I do have a bleach pen, have used it to clean up messes with red dye;)

    Debbie

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  70. Very cute! They are going to love them.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  71. I love the Gym Bags, I have 30 grandkids and 17 Greats. This might be my next Christmas projects for gifts for those 14 & under. Love, love, love, the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Great idea with the bleach and Sharpies. The bags turned out so nice. (Which time sample did you pick?... the hour?)

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    1. Cheryl, I found that the time betwen 40 minutes and one hour looked so much alike it was okay to use the 40 minutes. What I found was that it took me about fifteen or twenty minutes to do a design so once completed I would time about 40 minutes more thinking the designs would be pretty uniform in color. It worked for me. Thanks for stopping by. Good question! I had a lot of tips to add but was afraid it would get too long. I may have to do a follow up post.

      Darla

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  73. Oh, my, what creativity to use bleach and you are so very talented!! I might "borrow" this technique for my grandchildren!!! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  74. I have always wondered how to do the bleach writing. And does the baking soda stop the bleach action? Is that why the bleach doesn't eat a hole into the material? I have read your blog before, then lost you. I am now a follower so I won't lose you again. ;)

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  75. Thanks for sharing your tute! Love it!

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  76. Your grandchildren should be very happy, I think!
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  77. I am always worried on how bleach will effect the fabric down the road, thanks for the tips!

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  78. Awesome a tutorial I am so pinning this to make later on, thank you for the cute idea.

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  79. Do you hear me squealing with delight at your Bleach pen idea??? I use those things ALL the time in my laundry duties but never for sewing purposes. I'm amazed at how cute these designs are...have you seen Zentangle? Wouldn't that be perfect to put Zentangle doodling patterns. I was amazed the first time I saw zentangle since it looked exactly like my daily doodling on EVERYTHING> My weekly church bulletins are quite a work of art if I do say so myself. BTW, you are so lucky to live close to your sister and a marvelous sister she is!! She's always steering us towards your blog.
    Great idea!!
    Blessings
    Gmama jane

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  80. Oh my gosh, what a totally creative idea!!! I love it!!! Now I'll have to make one for my granddaughter!!! Once I saw your insane creativity, I had to become a follower!!! Wheeeeeee!!! I can't wait to see what you do in the future!!!!!!!!

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  81. I love your bags and doodlings. I have done only 2 discharge fabrics and never made anything out of them yet.

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  82. Lovely words thanks for sharing!!

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  83. I have always wanted to try this and I even bought Casting Shadows by Colleen Wise but I haven't felt up to the challenge. This looks like the perfect small project to start with. Good thing I only have 3 grandchildren ... so far.

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  84. I have played with bleach pens but not made anything from it. These turned out so cute!

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  85. This is really neat. Love it! Also, love your poetic words at the beginning! Thanks for tute!

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  86. New idea for me to try, just wish I had your artistic ability. I'mnow your newest follower.

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  87. Wonderful work you have done in the "In Your Word's" bloghop

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  88. oh, I am loving this project of yours and thank you SO much for leaving directions too! I will have to try this sometime soon!

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  89. Those are really nice! Would love to win!

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  90. WoW! What a neat idea! You are so clever!! I would have to practice doodling as my drawings are not as beautiful as yours, hehe. Love all your swirls! Thank you for the tutorial, bleach pen is now on the grocery list, hehe. Thank you for sharing your bags with us, amazing job!

    Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. Those are wonderful and will be treasured by the lucky recipients. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  92. What a fab idea! The last time I used bleach on clothing was when I was 18 to modify a black sweatshirt and I got the coolest 'tie-dye' effect b/c the bleach went a sort of orange on the black. Thanks for the bags how-to as well!!! And I love surprise giveaways!!

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  93. What a great idea - I did not know there was such a thing as a Clorox Pen. Thanks for the great tute.

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  94. This is going to be a fun technique to try! Thanks for sharing! By the way, I LOVE surprises!

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  95. gorgeous bags. I'm usually trying NOT to bleach something. Thanks for sharing.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  96. Sweet Project! Thanks for sharing.....Judith, Texas

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  97. Those bags are so cute. Thank you for the great tutorial on making them. I need to get me some Clorox gel....I want to give this a try. Wish me luck!

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  98. Wow, I'm going to try that. Never new Clorox Gel existed. Should have some in my laundry room anyway! Thanks so much for the tute.

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  99. I love the gym bags and the new info on the Clorox Gel.

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  100. Well, I'll be darned... I usually just ruin clothes with bleach!! You have some great design ideas!! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  101. Those were such cute bags. Loved your tutorial. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  102. Love the bags and you are already ready for Valentimes Day. Great work and thanks for tutorial, I must try this.

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  103. Adorable bags! And how sweet of you to share the tutorial! Thank you!

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  104. Love the bags. Thanks for sharing!

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  105. What a neat idea, I bet the kids love them.

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  106. What a nice personal gift. I know your grandkids will love them.

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  107. Darla,
    Your not old, our 10th grandchild is due this year
    and we already have a we have a great grandson.
    This is something I am going try, Thank you so much for posting it.
    Your grandchildren will love them.

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  108. I love surprises! Love your technique for decorating fabric.

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  109. What a spot-on idea for the hop. You did a fantastic job with the bleach. One thing I had a question about was: Did you get the entire design finished before you had to rinse out the bleach? I wonder what to do if I had to rinse and then finish. Thanks for the tut - well done!

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  110. Unique idea. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  111. Lucky grandkids. I like how your personalized each bag. Thanks for the bleach "tut".

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  112. Oh that looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. What a great project! Thanks for the tutorial. Your bags all look wonderful.

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  114. Those are too cute! What lucky grandkids! Thanks for the great tutorial. I have been wanting to try the bleaching idea, and such a functional use with the gym bags!

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  115. Thanks for sharing how to do this...I really want to try it. I love the bags and can see my grandsons wanting one. :O)

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  116. Thanks for sharing with us the bags, they are lovely. You did a wonderful job! I did not know about a bleach pen. I`ve learned many new tricks by reading bogs.

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  117. Such a cool idea! I am soo going to try this sometime. Thanks! vickise at gmail dot com

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  118. Oooh I love the bags - thanks for the great tutorial too.

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  119. What a great idea -- I love this idea! Your bags are great, and there are no better words than words about grandkids! :)

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  120. Wonderful projects, thanks for sharing with us and the chance to win. Have a great day.

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  121. What a cute project, the bags are great and the words so cute, thanks for the tutorial

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  122. Your gem gym bags with words are very cute. Thanks for the chance at the surprise giveaway too.

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  123. What a wonderful project, I would never have thought of such a thing. Thank you for sharing.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  124. these bags are fab! I love the look of this technique.

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  125. fun project. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  126. Wow! You have 11 wonderful grandkids to sew for! must keep you busy! I have never tried the bleaching like this. Looks interesting!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  127. /this is so cool. thanks for the little tutorial as well. I can imagine doing this. Maybe for my next guild challenge. Lisa

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  128. How cool is that? So cool I am pinning it! Those bags are the cats meow ;) I bet your little gems jump up and down with glee when they receive them :) Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.

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  129. Rosemary B here: Oh I love this. Never seen anything like it.Now I want to try this so much! I will save the instructions and certainly try, YOur project turned out soooo lovely. Thank you for the great tutorial and sharing your massive creativity

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  130. OMG what a clever idea!! I just wish I had some grandkids to try this on. I'm sure I can find another way to use this very clever idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  131. LOvely...... I have often thought about trying this but never have .... just might have to re think it and just do it .
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  132. Very nice....I love the bag design. I had a similar drawstring bag that my grandmother gave me when I was young. She recently found it and passed it on to me. I was so happy to have it again! It brought back so many memories. Thank you for sharing today!

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  133. My, you are a wizard with a bleach bottle! Those bags are the cutest thing. I am going to bookmark your tutorial to use later. Really fantastic job!

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  134. How artistic and creative to use bleach in such a way. The bags are really nice!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  135. Oh, wow!!! This is fantastic!! *writing this idea down*

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  136. I stumbled upon your site via IN MY WORDS on PINTEREST. I absolutely LOVE the bleach project... having done this myself using shirts purchased at goodwill for my fabric. Your dollar store plates decorated with sharpies are so inspiring! I think I have to make a set for myself. Your blog is definitely being bookmarked! I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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  137. That is such a nice little project! Thanks for sharing, and hopefully your grandchildren will love using them as much as we loved looking at your work!

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