Bleached Number Shirt (take 2)

You may remember that I did a tutorial on a bleach number shirt when my toddler turned 3 last fall.  Well, when shirts were on sale for $2, I just had to buy some – so I thought I’d whip up another bleached number shirt, this time for my oldest.  So, if you missed it the first round, I want to show you a quick and easy way to personalize a tshirt – – the Bleach Number Shirt:

You’ll need a tshirt, some bleach and a foam brush, and some vinyl or freezer paper or contact paper.

Use the vinyl/freezer paper/contact paper to make a big number.  I used contact paper because I had a scrap laying around.  I got fancy and made my number inside a circle with a strip running down the whole length of the shirt, but you can do whatever you’d like.  The kids LOVE that the shirt states their age – makes the shirt more unique and personal.

Press the contact paper (mine is cream speckled in the picture) down into place:

 Use a foam brush to apply the bleach.  This time I used straight bleach and it started turning really quickly:

Last time I did this I watered down the bleach and I had to stick the shirt out in the sun and wait 20 minutes for it to turn.  Meanwhile, I used lots of the watery bleach mixture and with it sitting so long it seeped under my contact paper a little.  Which turned out neat too – they’re just different looks.  Here’s the previous Bleach Number Shirt post (the purple area is where it seeped) :

Compare that to this one that only took a few minutes to turn.  So I pulled the contact paper off and rinsed it right away, not giving it time to seep.  Then I threw it in the washing machine for a quick cycle.  See how the lines are crisper (ignore that spot where I dripped bleach – doh!) :

My son is actually away with his grandparents right now, so I grabbed my cousin for a quick model in case you wanted to see the shirt actually on a boy:

And let’s look at the shirt once more  – cause I just love how it turned out!!

And a random roundup in case you’re interested…..
Some other boy style posts you’ll find at my blog (click the pictures to find the tutorials):


 And some fun boy crafts:

Anyways, grab some bleach and a shirt and go try it!!

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  1. says

    What a nifty idea! I definitely will be trying this! Sounds so easy…although I’ll probably dump the bowl of bleach on the shirt or something! I’m one of those clumsy ones:)

  2. says

    I’ve been dying to try this. I recently purchased a bottle of bleach gel,made for special washing machines, sorry can’t remember which type. Anyway I haven’t tried it yet but I thought it would be great for projects like this here’s hoping!!

  3. says

    This is awesome! I always have plenty of cute ideas for my daughter’s clothing but very few for my sons’, so I’m excited to find something I can make for them. Thanks for sharing.
    Bonny @

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