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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Choose a denim garment carefully. All-cotton fabric is ideal, but cotton blended with some polyester or Spandex content won't negatively affect the outcome. Get creative with your printed design. Cover the jeans' entire surface with printed motifs, or limit the design to a smaller area.

Before using discharge paste on the jeans, make test samples on several swatches of scrap denim in the same color as the jeans. Heat-activate each sample to see the finished results.

1 Prepare the jeans. Slip the jeans onto pant stretchers, if desired, to keep the fabric taut as you work. Cut cardboard or poster board into pieces small enough to fit inside the jeans' legs. Slip the cardboard inside the leg you are working on. This prevents the discharge paste from seeping through the top layer and affecting the bottom layer.

  Choose Your Tools
Apply discharge paste
(DharmaTrading.com;
I-Kandi.com) just as you
would apply fabric paints.
You can use:
• Foam applicator
• Paintbrush
• Squeeze bottle
with applicator tip
• Stamp
• Stencil
You'll also need:
• 1⁄4 yard denim fabric
(same color as the denim
garment)
• Cardboard or poster board
• Iron
• Jeans or other denim
garment
• Work surface
Optional:
• Pant stretchers
(VermontCountryStore
.com; Lehmans.com)
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Color Combinations and Development
There are many options for color combinations when using a discharge paste product such as deColourant and deColourant Plus. 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. For a subtler effect, try dark-wash denim and primary- or metallic-colored deColourant Plus, or light-wash denim and metallic deColourant Plus.

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For more dramatic color removal on denim, apply the discharge paste, allow it to dry, heatset the design, then wash the jeans and reapply more deColourant over the first application. You can also apply deColourant Plus colors over a design created using plain discharge paste to build up layers of color removal and replacement.

Make several test samples on scrap denim (in the same color as your garment) to determine which color combination you like and how many applications are necessary for a desired effect.

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