January 26, 2012

Bleach Number Shirt

Quick and simple tutorial on a Bleach Number Shirt today.  I actually did this project back in November when my toddler turned 3, but am just now getting around to blogging about it - oops!  Anyways, this is something anyone can do!

Cut a number out of contact paper or vinyl.  I used my Silhouette/Cameo (can't remember which I was using at that time) to cut it, but a simple number is easily something you can trace and cut by hand.  Then diluted a little bleach in water - maybe half and half? Then stick the stencil you made onto the shirt and use a foam brush to paint the bleach on.  At first I didn't see an immediate change (maybe I used to much water??) so I set the shirt in the sun for awhile - maybe 30 minutes?? (this is why I should write tutorials right when I do things - so I can remember the steps better!)
 Then I peeled of the number and ran the shirt through the washing machine.  So side note, when I started this project, I assumed that the dark colored shirt would beach to orange.  I thought that'd be awesome.  But apparently brown bleaches to purple - some of you FB fans knew that, so kudos to you.  And one of you said purple is the "in" boy color right now, so I'm just going with it....

You can see the defined number outline, the light purple, and you can also see the part where the bleach seeped under the contact paper - I kind of like that seep affect - it's the darker purple.

I whipped this up with things I had on hand the day before his birthday, because any little boy this cute needs    a birthday shirt!!

You can do this!!  Go give it a try!!

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

14 Fabulous Comments:

super cute! I love painting with bleach - awesome.

Whoaaaa that is really neat!!! I really like the look of that! Now I'm trying to think what I could do for something for myself... OHH I have a sweatshirt that has some bleach spots on it... Lol, anyway I love your creativity! :)

Have a great rest of the week!


I like the "seep" effect too, but if you ever want to try another way, they do have bleach that comes in a gel. I'm wondering if it would seep less.

That is so cool! Love this!

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That did turn out cool! I got a bleach pen a while back to 'make my own fabric' but haven't gotten to that project yet! Looks cool!

does it just stop eating through when you wash it? or does it keep eating eventually to a hole after time? it's really cool

This is a GREAT idea!! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!


Oh my goodness! The picture of him winking!?!? SO CUTE!!! Like the edge the bleach gave around the three... Makes it look more boyish I think.

Looks great! My little guy has a birthday coming up so I may give this a try. I'm pinning it. Thanks!

I just wanted to let you know I featured your bleach pen shirt on Blissful and Domestic tonight. Stop by and grab a button:>


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