Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Boys backpack upcycle



I have yet another backpack upcycle to share with you. My son started Kindergarten this year with a really cool messenger bag backpack that just isn't realistic for a five year old...although it is pretty cool. Anyway, I had my eyes peeled for a new *cheap* backpack for him and found this black one at a garage sale this weekend for $1.

I wanted a little bit of a Quicksilver graphic feel to it, so I immediately thought of my bleach pen. I grabbed it and set to work.
I even drew a few designs on paper just so I could get some practice doing some funky shapes.
I got all of the bleach on and thought it looked pretty darn good. I was excited to rinse it off and see the design. So I let the bleach sit overnight (about 15 hours)
and in the morning I washed it and guess what? Not all things can be bleached! You can faintly see some purple lines but nothing that stood out. I was so disappointed!

So I headed out to JoAnn's and grabbed a fabric pen for $2. That worked!
And I think it turned out pretty cool.



And if you missed yesterday's post, here's an action shot of my daughters upcycled backpack


I'm linking up here

6 comments:

Melissa said...

I've had bleach do that before too. Some things are apparently bleach resistant. Another great backpack refashion

KateB said...

hmm...will have to upcycle a Goodwill packpack for the boy child next year...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I can't believe the bleach didn't work, I guess it only works when you have on your best black shirt LOL

Carol

Lu said...

How funny that the bleach didn't work! Apparently we don't give backpacks enough color-fast credit. :)

Happy Friday! Stopping by from New Friend Friday.

Lorene
just Lu

Jamie VanDyke said...

What a great "green" idea. I love the backpacks.

Gale said...

Nice! I like the design!

My child once grabbed an open bottle of bleach I didn't realize he was tall enough to grab and poured it in a puddle and sat on it. Luckily, I caught him right away and he wasn't harmed. And surprizingly neither was his outfit, except that the embroidered stars were now white, not blue. You never know.