How to Create a Pattern on Jeans

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Create a design on your favorite jeans.
Choose a denim garment carefully. All-cotton fabric is ideal, but cotton blended with some polyester or Spandex content wont negatively affect the outcome
For high contrast, try dark-colored denim and plain discharge paste or pastel deColourant Plus, or light-wash denim and neon- or primary-colored deColourant Plus.
Create a design on your favorite jeans.

Create a design on your favorite jeans.

Photo: Jack Deutsch
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This article was originally featured in the Sewstylish Spring 2014 issue. The dragonfly template seen in the article can be printed here.

Reverse printing and color printing are fun, easy ways to spruce up an old pair of jeans. Try patterns that are whimsical, tribal, geometric, or naturalistic. Place them all over or in just a few spots, such as along a side seam or on the back pockets. You can add printed designs to your denim jeans, skirts, and jackets with very little e ort and a lot of creativity.

All you need are paintbrushes, stencils, or stamps, and a discharge paste such as deColourant or deColourant Plus. When applied to fabric, plain discharge paste removes color from the fibers it touches, creating a unique reverse- printed surface pattern in a paler shade of the fabric's dyed color. Colored discharge paste, such as deColourant Plus, works in one step by exchanging the fabric's dyed color for another color carried in the solution-anything from pastel to neon to metallic.

Why not just use bleach to remove fabric color and create a reverse-print design? Bleach damages and eventually degrades fibers, but discharge paste does not. You could also use fabric paints to create a colorful printed design, but paint sits on the fabric surface and eventually cracks or peels with wear and washing. Colored discharge paste soaks into the fibers and replaces the original color with a new color.

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