Bleach is usually off limits where colored fabric is concerned, but this decorative application gets out full approval. Using a bleach pen,you can create the look of batik on a blue runner and napkins for a coordinated table setting . Try this technique on pillowcases, curtains, and even canvas tote bags.
Fit a gel bleach pen with a 1/2 millimeter, stainless steel tip. Test a discreet area to make sure the fabric reacts well to the bleach. Use a water soluble dressmakers pencil to mark a grid on the fabric,where the lines intersect,create a 2 inch square. With the bleach pen, draw a freehand flower within each square and add dotted lines between flowers.
Let the bleach set until the pattern has faded to the desired shade about 20 minutes. To rinse, lay the fabric flat in a shallow pan of cold water,let stand for a few minutes.