2.16.2010

More T-shirt Rehab! Tutorial Tuesday

I had a few more of my Old Navy 97 cent t-shirts left from my last t-shirt rehab project, so I decided to figure out how to liven them up with some custom designs. Remember I told you this picture of my layered tee tutorial inspired another project I promised to work on?



I tend to have a few t-shirts that are scarred with unintended bleach marks from laundry and cleaning projects. There must be a way to save them? Well, here is what I came up with.

Supplies:

T-shirts
Bleach
Rag or old sponge
Squirt bottle
Newspaper




Directions:

Line t-shirts with newspaper to protect the backs.



Using a purchased stencil, (or a design just cut out of computer paper like mine) blot bleach onto the t-shirt using the rag or sponge. Let sit for about 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly and dry. (tees that have been washed previously will soak up the bleach better).



For a more free-form design, fill a squirt bottle with bleach and "draw" your design free hand. I found these ketchup and mustard bottles at Walmart for under a dollar.



Here I drew a drippy heart, but you could use an initial or smiley face or whatever else you can think of. Let sit, then rinse and dry as directed above.



See? A one of a kind tee!



27 comments :

  1. They are both super cute...and inspiring. Did the bleed through the newspaper at all???

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  2. I love that!! You are so crafty! But how easy, even I can do it!!

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  3. aha! i am going to post my t-shirts tomorrow... but we are both on the bleach bandwagon! yours are way prettier though :)

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  4. oh my gosh!!!! i love it!!!!!!

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  5. I love it! I love custom design, I'm so going to try that!

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  6. Once again you inspire! Love you 'new' tees ;-)

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  7. I like both! Man, I've got to try that.

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  8. That looks so simple and so neat! Love it!

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  9. You are so creative. Love this...

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  10. Lovely. I have a shirt I splattered with bleach at the bottom while at work and while it was just a work shirt it was still bothering me so I splattered bleach all over it so it wasn't noticable. It was years ago and I wish I would have thought or seen something like this first and I could have put some leaves or some sort of design instead of random splatter, but it turned out ok.

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  11. These look VERY COOL on you! Have you tried to embellish the leaves with a bleach pen? I don't even know if they make those anymore? Love the heart one - very nice!

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  12. Very cool idea! I can think of some t-shirts that need saving.

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  13. I just saw something the other day in a trendy magazine with a "Bleach Design" I knew it wouldn't be long before I saw it here!

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  14. You are so creative!! The idea of putting bleach on a colored shirts makes me nervous but those came out great! I like the idea of putting an initial!!

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  15. Great idea! I have ON shirts in almost every solid color. They fit well, but are so boring!

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  16. I love this idea, ur tees turned out super duper cute... thanks for sharing!
    My daughter and I are gonna try this out. She has a pair of teal converse that she wants to do some type of bleach design on. I have been hesitant to let her do it, b/c if it doesn't turn out looking the way she hopes then her shoes are ruined. If we try it I will def send u some pics, thanks again 4 sharing ur great ideas!
    Billie
    http://www.craftingwishlist.blogspot.com

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  17. Fab idea! And I have just the shirts waiting for this... Thanks!

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  18. Loving this! If you are interested, you can link this up at my Thursday carnival called Make it, Wear it. This would be perfect!

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  19. Really nice embroidery... Good to view...

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  20. Pretty sure you have the most darling figure ever. Love the idea - definitely going to use it. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I just tried this and it turned out OK. I used a deep blue plain shirt that needed some embellishment and the bleached areas turned red! I was expecting white or shades of blue, but I guess we don't always get what we expect.

    Any ideas on why your shirts turned out with white and lighter shades of their base color and other shirts turn other "random" colors?

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  22. I know the length of time the bleach is left on has something to do with it. For some things I've bleached, it seems to change colors depending on what we started with. The green came out white, but the blues looked almost purple-y. It probably has something to do with the dying process.

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  23. Did this with my 6th, 7th & 8th graders for their final project! They absolutely loved it!! I was able to use a small bottle of bleach for a all 115 students!

    http://s393.photobucket.com/albums/pp18/rjhartclass/tshirts2010/?action=view&current=3c9daecf.pbw

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