Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Experimenting: Homemade Bubble Jet Set Recipe

Newsflash:  I'm not a scientist!  I flunked chemistry and never even considered taking physics at school.  However, I'm cheap.  I mean, I don't like to spend a lot of money if I can avoid it.  Considering Bubble Jet Set costs anywhere from $15 to $22 a bottle, I decided to try to make my own.   I do not want the disaster that occurred after I washed my Bunny Quilt to happen again!

I searched the internet for a homemade Bubble Jet Set recipe.  Here is the most simple version I could find:

2 tablespoons of Alum (the stuff used when canning pickles)
2 1/2 teaspoons washing soda (not baking soda) (I found this in the grocery store)
1/2 teaspoon liquid fabric softner
1 cup of hot water

Mix the first 3 ingredients and then add the hot water.  Stir.  It will be foamy.

When the foam eases, soak your fabric for 15 minutes.  Wring out and dry completely.  I poured the leftover mix into a baby food jar to save for future use.

When my fabric was dry (I cheated and put it in the dryer), I ironed freezer paper to it and ran it through my printer.  I used the same bunny image I used for my quilt.

Image pre-wash

Image post-wash

Yay!  It worked!  Before I use a printed image on a quilt or table topper again, however, I think I will do more testing, ahem, experimenting.  It faded a bit, but nothing like before!  For the most part:  SUCCESS!

One more thing:  School's out!  That means sewing summer clothes for my littlest daughter!  Yep, every summer, I try to make a few dresses and skirts for her.  Here is Charlotte's first skirt for Summer 2012:

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I used a Hawaiian looking blue batik.  

I know, last year I said I would NOT sew ruffles again, but I couldn't resist.  I thought this skirt was just too cute!

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Corrine at said...

Want to make some skirts for ME? It is cute....great tutorial on your bubble jet set. There is always a recipe somewhere that uses ordinary materials and costs gobs less. Good for you. xox

Linda said...

I try to make things if I can too...great info on the bubble jet set. I love the is so cute. I hat making ruffles too...but they are just so wonderful when you get done!!Have a great day!!

Heather and Kathy said...

on cool on the bunny! I love the skirts for you littlest daughter. She looks like she loves them. My mother used to make so many of my clothes when I was small! I loved that because I got to help pick the material out!


antmee said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. This is what I really love about the internet. Sharing ideas and DIY so we all can be a little self sufficient.

I love the look of ruffles. So cute.

Patte said...

Thank you for the faux Bubble Jet recipe. I tried one a couple of years ago and the black ink stayed, the reds were gone, and the blues became mostly green. It was discouraging. As for ruffles, I finally learned how to use my ruffler foot, that weird foot that looks like an ancient torture device. I used it to make a cotton skirt costume. Worked great! I needed a net petticoat and decided to try it again. Worked great again. There's a lot of ways to do ruffles, but this is too easy. The only thing I still haven't figured out, if you have a 30" waist, how much fabric do you need and what setting to use on the foot. It was just a cheap, quicky, one time use skirt, so it didn't matter if I had too much and had to cut some off. Has anyone used this foot and know a rule of thumb calculation? Thanks again for your recipe.

Toni Delli-Compagni said...

Hi, I live in the UK. as far as I know I can only get alum by prescription. Is there anything else I can use?

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Shirley Dormer said...

Can you please tell me where to buy alum in Australia, Brisbane or anywhere?

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