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Bleach Stamped Scarf

February 16, 2015

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feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp 7Turtlenecks, appear so cozy and wonderful, I imagine myself during the weekend in a chunky knit turtleneck relaxing on the couch reading my favorite vampire novel with the twilight coming on (and no that’s not the series) slowly drifting into a nap. That’s not my reality. Instead of the sunlight twinkling away, a short slumber taking place, I feel more like a cat, a cat that’s just been dunked into a bath. Bouncing off the wall, ripping at the horrible knit sitting around my neck, I can’t get it off and destroy the sucker fast enough. Turtlenecks create claustrophobia in me and as much as I have tried to fight it, it’s just not happening.

feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp,feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp 6The turtleneck I used for this project has been in my drawer for many months, I hated to get rid of it, it hadn’t even been washed yet. I wanted something to freshen up my wardrobe so I used it to make something that I can handle: a scarf. Funny I can deal with a scarf but not a turtleneck.

Bleach Stamped Scarf

feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp 8Materials:
Rubber stamp
Small old towel (one that you don’t care about)

Cut a length of the jersey fabric from the shirt (I cut around the torso of the shirt in a “spiral” so I could the longest length possible).

Fold the towel and put it in a bowl soaking the towel in bleach (sorta of like a stamp pad).
Use something to protect the surface under the fabric you will be stamping.
Wearing gloves dip the rubber stamp into the “bleach pad” and stamp the fabric.

feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp 4feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp 3Once you finish stamping let the fabric dry completely (this is very important).
Once your fabric is dry, give it a quick cool rinse and dry it in the dryer and give it a wash by itself and dry again.

You can keep the ends of your scarf raw or you can sew it up – I used a grosgrain ribbon to sew the ends up for an infinity scarf.

feather, scarf, upcycle, repurpose, shirt, bleach, diy, craft, rubber stamp 2Now you’re ready to sport your new scarf around town and protect your neck from the characters in the vampire novel. And in case you wondered about the vampire series it is Elizabeth Hunter’s The Elemental Mysteries Series.

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  • Pat Liggett February 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Soooo cute!

  • Jess February 16, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Such a fun and neat idea! Love this!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Judy Pimperl February 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I’m like you about turtlenecks…I love the way they look, but I hate to wear them. This is a really cool idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Laura February 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    This scarf is beautiful! Going to try this technique!

  • Yvonne @ StoneGable February 17, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Oh, I love this!!! LOVE how easy this is! You come up with the most creative diy’s!

  • Bree February 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Omg Heather! I had no idea you could use bleach on stamps! What a great idea!! I love the way your scarf turned out. The colors are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amanda@ TexMexCrafting February 17, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    What a great idea. This would make such a cute handmade gift. Pinning!

  • Anna February 18, 2015 at 4:38 am

    That’s a really good idea! I can just imagine a matching bag for that scarf!

  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast February 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I am obsessed with this scarf! It’s so easy to make, and it looks so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with Hump Day Happenings. I’m pinning it so I can make it soon!

  • patti February 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Clever idea…I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Maria February 20, 2015 at 5:38 am

    What a clever idea, and so simple too! I have the same reaction to turtle necks that you do, and prefer scarves much more to them. I’ll have to give this a try soon. Thank you for sharing :)

  • Deborah February 20, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I used to love to wear turtlenecks to keep warm, but once I started having hot flashes, I too feel claustrophobic in them. One of of those heat waves hit, it feels like your suffocating and anything that can come off decently does. Love the scarf. I used the bleach technique on a sweatshirt with a bleach pen and loved it. Using a stamp is a great idea.

    Thank you for sharing it and your ingenious ping pong ball lights and covered container at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  • Kassandra February 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I have to try this! Beautiful! And, it just so happens that the first two links I clicked on from Ruffles and Rainboots were yours! Good stuff!

  • Julie February 22, 2015 at 4:34 am

    So pretty, I love the effect you achieved.
    I hate anything all up round my neck too – feels too bunched up, but a floaty scarf, now that I can deal with!

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  • Katherines Corner February 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

    This is so pretty Heather ♥ Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  • Suzy @ Worthing Court February 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Heather. Your scarf is so, so pretty! I’ll be featuring your project at The Scoop on Monday night. Thank you for linking up!

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    Just saw your scarf on the Scoop feature – stunning! I’ll be pinning that for sure. TFS
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  • Mel @ Adventures of Mel February 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    This is just gorgeous… Such a beautiful project and definitely one I’d love to create. I kinda feel the same way you do about turtlenecks. I’ve tried to wear them; I even have a couple in my closet as I write this. But I just can’t bring myself to wear them anymore. If I do, I feel so constricted. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

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  • Denise February 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    The scarf is beautiful! I never think to use bleach. Thanks so much for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Featuring you this week :)

    • Heather February 27, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you Denise! You made my day! :D

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  • Sandy March 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I have a couple of questions. Does the fabric have to be super dark and does it have to be a jersey fabric? Thanks for your response.

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