January is known as the month of resolutions. Here at Brit + Co our resolution has been to create a new DIY project every day, and let me just say it has been a blast! Myself and many others also have a personal resolution of being more active and getting our butts to the gym. I don’t know about you, but new gym attire always helps me get more excited about working out. For this installment of #31DaysofDIY, we used bleach to update our old joggers. Not only did we just create amazing new gym wear, but we are also are going to show you how to style these joggers for a work day and a weekend look. Yes, we said it, sweatpants at work — we all have those days.
No idea what #31DaysofDIY is? It’s a brand new tradition here at Brit + Co that’s all about kicking off the new year right. We’ve challenged ourselves to make or learn something new every single day for the month of January, and we’re inviting all of you along for the ride. From DIY basics like Sewing 101 to learning to design and laser cut our own stencils, we hope this month of making inspires you to get creative all year long.
– jogger sweatpants
– paint brush
– painter’s tape
Parallel Striped Joggers
1. Apply painters tape to the side of the joggers to create two parallel vertical stripes.
2. Pour a little bit of bleach into a bowl and paint it onto the joggers.
3. Watch it change colors! Once dry peel off the tape.
Tape off the sides of your joggers to create parallel stripes. We placed one stripe on either side of the seam, and also used the seam as a guide to make straight lines.
Pour bleach into a small bowl and use a paintbrush to apply it in between your taped lines.
Once dry peel away tape to reveal your bleached lines.
The bleach leaves a funky texture behind that really makes these joggers stand out from normal striped gym pants.
1. To create the bullseye effect, you will pull up a section of the pant and rubber band it. The more rubber bands, the more rings to the bullseye.
2. Dunk your joggers in a mixture of 2/3 water to 1/3 bleach. Let it soak for 30 mins.
3. Once dry, untie the rubber bands.
Tie-dyeing pants is tricky because you don’t want rings in awkward places. We started our first bullseye right near the pocket. The more rubber bands you add the more tie-dyeing will be done!
Lots and lots of rubber bands.
Grab a large enough tub and fill it with a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 bleach. Then, submerge the jogger into the bleach mixture.
Let them soak for about 30 mins and then take them out to dry. Once mostly dry you can remove the rubber bands to reveal your masterpiece.
See! Tie-dyeing is chic!
Once your pants are completely dry you will be able to see the true magic of bleach.
Dare us to wear these to the office – we will! Pair your joggers with a sleek color-blocked top and some heels and you’re set! Throw your hair in a high pony and pair with red lipstick. It’s a high-fashion must.
Statement necklaces bring any outfit up three notches.
Joggers for weekend wear? We are all about it! Pair them with a statement jacket and a fun tank. If you’re like me you’ll wear them with sneaker wedges, but if that’s not your thing cute booties will also work :)
Confession: I have seven pairs of sneaker wedges and I don’t plan on stopping.
Do you have any out-of-date gym wear? Try updating them with bleach! Show us your creations using the hashtag #31DaysofDIY and, as always, leave your questions and comments below!