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DIY Bleach T-shirt Tutorial – The Perfect Valentines Gift for Him or Her!

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Pin ItEveryone loves T-shirts. They are comfy, they are easy, and it really doesn’t matter if you spill on them. My friend Leslie introduced me to designing your own t-shirt with a printed design and bleach. It was SO Easy and I loved how they turned out!1. First you need some sort of design… it could be anything! I decided to pick a “curves ahead” road sign because my husband loves riding fast on his motorcycle.2. You will need some freezer paper. Print out any design from your computer and trace it onto the paper side of the freezer paper. Then cut out your design. You could also use a Cricut to cut out your design. Make sure the shiny side of the paper is facing down.3. Iron your design onto your shirt, make sure the shiny side is facing down and the paper side is facing up. Lightly press the iron onto your design so it will stay.

4. Cut some cardboard(we used cereal boxes) and put it inside of your shirt so it doesn’t leak onto the back of the shirt.

4. BLEACH TIME! Fill your water bottle with 70% bleach 30% water. And spray away. Some shirts I sprayed really close to the shirt and others I stood back a bit. Spray as little or as much as you would like. I sprayed a little at first then went back and sprayed more. Certain colors (like black) will show up instantly. The pink and red shirts took close to 20 minutes. The longer they sit the more bleached out it will be.
5. When it is done bleaching, take your cardboard out, take your design off, and rinse thoroughly in the bath tub.6. Wash your shirt in the washing machine to make sure all the bleach is out and so it won’t bleach anything else.*Please note… the little white dots on the black shirt are from the snow not the bleach. :)

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  1. says

    I’ve made these a few times, last summer we made about a dozen of them for our Relay For Life team. Please beware though, the bleach tends to break down the fabrics and holes develope quickly!

    • Natalie says

      I did this on a denim vest before I made it years ago. It worked great!
      What was left out here is immediately dipping your fabric in a strong vinegar
      solution, when it reaches the desired effect, to inactivate the bleach. This will
      definitely stop the problem with your fabric breaking down. I use approximately 50/50
      bleach and water. I hope you have GREAT results!!

    • says

      I didn’t know either until my husband started hunting! :) It has a plastic/waxy material on one side (so food won’t stick to it in the freezer) and a paper material on the other. You can find it in any grocery store or walmart. It is usually by the saran wrap. Hope this helps!

    • says

      The bleach will turn your colored shirts a different color. You don’t always know what color it might turn out. Just have fun, but don’t get your heart set on a certain color.

  2. says

    Tried it with “frog tape” cause I had that on hand. My design was a bit thinner, but no thinner than the pink tank shown… didn’t work. I guess I’ll be trying again with freezer paper :)

  3. says

    Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn’t think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don’t remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We’d end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.

  4. says

    Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn’t think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don’t remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We’d end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.

  5. says

    Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn’t think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don’t remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We’d end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.

  6. says

    Almost 10 years ago I was messing around with beach designs on shirts. I didn’t think about ironing on freezer paper, instead my sister and I used big foam stamps. I don’t remember if we brushed the bleach on them or just dipped but I remember it working. We’d end up having a beached out design where we placed the stamp. Not exactly a safe technique for kids, but as adults you could make them this way as gifts.

  7. says

    This was so fun!! We did it down at my Mom’s house with all of the grand-kids. They all designed their own designs with Mom’s help and then we used Vinyl instead of freezer paper, because Mom has a vinyl cutter so we just used the scraps for the designs. It worked Great!! I had tried it with freezer paper earlier and they did not turned out so well(too much bleach, not enough, etc.). With the vinyl, everything looked really sharp and we didn’t have any problems. And the kids liked revealing their design by pulling off their own stickers after the bleach was done. It was a lot of fun!!

  8. says

    I am not having any luck with the freezer paper. No matter how much I iron it and how much/little I spray, it still leaks through the paper and my design doesn’t come out. Has anyone had this same problem? HELP!!!

    • says

      I make these and they come out every time. However, I do not use freezer paper. I actually print my design and then laminate it. Because of the bleach it will quickly eat through paper. So the designs don’t always come out the best. By using a laminated design, the bleach wil not bleach through
      My first try I used way to much bleach and it actually bled under the design. I now do two or three quick mists and walk away. About 1/2 hour later I return. if the design is not faded enough I’ll spray again. This way you can limit the amount of bleach on the shirt.

  9. says

    My son does this every year at the local “Maker Faire”. They use store bought letter stencils, and cut stencils from file folders instead of the freezer paper. Just be careful not to over-saturate the shirts with the bleach solution, so it doesn’t bleed under the stencil.

  10. says

    This is too cute. I have come to realize that I can immediately stop the bleaching process by soaking the fabric in vinegar water and then washing the fabric. Works like a charm; especially if the bleach falls on something it wasn’t supposed to.
    Kudos,
    -Rochelle

  11. says

    I just had great success using freezer paper, and a pretty detailed design. No bleeding what so ever. I did pull it off fairly quickly and rinsed to stop the bleaching. My ratio was 2 parts bleach, one part water. I actually use freezer paper to paint stuff on shirts all the time. It’s ironed down, so it stays put until I remove it.

  12. Tasha says

    Love this! I can’t wait to do this for my kids. The “snow” looks great! I think I’ll do a snow themed shirt for myself I love the snow!! Thank-You for sharing. I can’t wait to see the idea / pictures the kids pick out for there shirts!

  13. Steph says

    Have done this twice now . one last Fathers day 2012 . My husbands shirt is still in great shape & he loves wearing it! and just now. Both turned out awesome!. I will say the bigger the design, the less intricate the better your results. Very Happy!

  14. The Gold Project says

    Hey! I’m working on my gold project in girl scouts and I’d like to make/sell some of these for the fundraising part of my project, but I wanted to ask before I took your idea. Is that all right, is there anything I should include or may I just use the idea? Thanks!

    • Cyd says

      You are fine to use the idea. Thanks so much for asking. Hope you’ll come back to Six Sisters’ Stuff! Good luck with your gold project!!

  15. mena says

    I tried this and had the opposite problem. The shirt wouldn’t bleach! I sprayed and sprayed it, but the color stayed. Do you have to use a 100% cotton t-shirt?

  16. Christine says

    I tried this and the freezer paper didn’t work. it just curled up as soon as it got wet.

    But we learned something awesome! Once you spray the bleach, just quickly remove the pattern paper, and the bleach will continue do it’s work! the only trick is to get enough bleach all around prior to removing the paper.

    We also then used heavy cardstock – and again, just removed it right after spraying. Works perfectly!

  17. Ivan says

    Hey Hey! I Think its great your idea but i had a question, Im from Colombia and I really dont know the meaning, or what is Freezer paper so if you dont mind could help please to understand wich it is, I confound it with foil so please ploease helpme out with that

    • Pet Lover says

      It might also be called wax paper, or papel encerado (I used google translate). It is used a lot in the kitchen and also for crafts. It is kind of a see through paper but one side has a very thin layer of clear wax on it. Typically when you buy donuts, churros, or pastries, that is the paper that is used to handle it because they do not stick to it.

  18. Nicole says

    Has anyone had trouble with the bleach running? I laid my shirt flat after ironing on the design. After spraying, the bleach pooled up on the wax paper. went underneath. Should I be leaving it to dry for a long while?

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