Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bleachy Tees!

I have a new obsession. Well, it might not be new, but it sure is fun! And it's been a good distraction from all the adoption craziness going on here lately....

So, what is this new obsession? Well, it's making t-shirt designs with a bleach pen on some plain jane tees! Sound fun?

Here is how I go about it:

Take a plain tshirt (or a print one, whatever you like really)

Get your bleach pen

Like so:

I used a tshirt form from Hobby Lobby I got a while back. You could also just put freezer paper on the other side of the shirt to prevent any bleeding from the bleach pen. Make sure you don't draw the design bigger than the paper or form or you will have some bleach action on the back of the shirt too!

Now, here is where you can do one of two things: you can trace the design you want with chalk first and then trace over that with the bleach pen. OR, you can just freehand it. I did both ways and for some reason the chalk one turned out more blotchy. Not sure why, maybe I will test it out again to see if maybe it was just a fluke. However, do what works best for you. :)

Monster Surfing

Fun Robot

Then, I let it sit for approx. an hour on the shirt. Basically make sure the color is actually changing on the shirt where the bleach pen is. Then, pop it in the wash and then dry and VOILA!

Fun new and super personalized t-shirt!!!

Now, I just need to stop finding tshirts to do this to. Before I know it all my son's t-shirts will be bleachy designed!


  1. Shut.the.front.door.

    I am SO doing this right now!

  2. so cute & so easy. I'm going to do up some tees for my grandson. I'm glad I stopped by.

  3. That is such a cool idea! I'm going to try that out. Thanks for the idea. Now all I have to do is find this bleach pen in the shops here in Ireland, but I doubt if they sell it.

  4. This is beyond cool!!!

  5. That is so flipping cool!!!I'm trying it!

  6. Where can I get one of them pens?!! This is an awsome idea :] x~L~x

  7. Thanks for all the Bleachy Tee love! For those wondering where to find the Clorox Bleach pen, at least here in the States, you can find them at your local grocery, Walmart, Target and such. Check the laundry detergent isle. For outside the USA, I haven't a clue. :(

    Happy Bleachy Tee crafting! :)

  8. Oh that is so creative! I didn't think of that but it makes sense when yoh have some little ones in your home!

  9. This is such a great idea. I have been thinking of using bleach to create an interesting look to my fabrics, but I never thought about using bleach pens or realized they existed! Thank you so much for sharing. :) I will totally be trying this out.

  10. I love tee shirt art--these are very cool.

  11. Love this idea! I wish I was better at free hand designs :)