Sunday, July 8, 2012

Splatter Bleach T- shirt Make Over!

We found this shirt on Pinterest (pictured below), but there was no link with it. No problem, this was all the inspiration we needed! (although we would love to give credit where credit is due) This is the perfect project for all those old t-shirts that you love, but know you need to get rid of.

We started with this old, stretched out black t-shirt. As you can see it already had a bleach stain in the lower right corner. (when will we learn not to clean with bleach in a black shirt?) The perfect shirt for this project. You could use a new shirt if you want, just make sure you wash and dry it first. This will make it take the bleach better.

You will also need:

-disposable foam brush
-wax paper and safety pins (optional)

We put a layer of wax paper in the shirt because we weren't sure how much the bleach would soak through. It really didn't soak through on the sleeves where we didn't have any paper. You can skip this step if you want.

We took the shirt, paint brush and a small glass of bleach outside. Find a place where the bleach can't hurt anything. We went into the ally. You may want to wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes, and wear clothing that you don't care if you get bleach on. Start splattering! We went in diagonal motions for this shirt. The bleach worked almost immediately, but some shirts will take longer. Leave it on until you reach your desired effect.

Here's the back.

Here's the front.

After the bleach is ready, wash and dry your shirt.

We had originally planned on leaving the shirt as a t-shirt, but then noticed that the hem in the sleeves was gone so we decided to turn it into the tank top.

We cut off the sleeves and cut around the neck. You will need to cut between 1-2 inches off the neck. You will be tying the straps together (look at the next picture), so cut just the collar off and then try it on. See how it will look with it tied and decide if you need to cut off more the neck. We ended up cutting off about an 11/2 inches off the neck. Let us know if this doesn't make sense!

Using the neck scraps tie the straps together. We found that hanging it on a hanger while you did this made it easier. We wrapped it around a few times and then tied it. A friend would also e handy for this step!

This shirt is so easy and fun to make! It looks adorable layered over another tank. It looked so cool that the little boys wanted one too! Here is Jonah's shirt. It's a good example of how different shirts will react differently to bleach. His shirt is old, and we used full strength bleach. We left it on for over a half hour and it barely faded, but that is part of the fun of using bleach. Each shirt will be a unique work of art!

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  1. Do you mean that 11 times you cut off 1/2 inch?

  2. I read it as 1 inch and a half...

  3. Fantastic idea! Your shirt looks great

  4. I am here by searching how to make Bleach costumes, but still got nothing..Anyone can help me make this Bleach costumes?

  5. Full strength bleach on cotton/cotton blend clothing weakens the fabric (and dissolves some material completely) allowing it to degrade quickly. Trial and error on our behalf that after only a few washed holes began to develop where the bleaching occurred. My suggestion is even though these project are cool I’d never suggest using clothing that is meant to be worn frequently (maybe costumes or novelty event shirts) or purchasing new clothing to bleach.

  6. If you are just re-purposing clothes you have already I think it doesn't matter, still cheaper then buying the new designer stuff that they did the same thing to.. so what if you throw it out after 10-20 washes. So think this is happening tomorrow in my home!!

  7. how do you do the back portion of the shirt?

  8. If you soak your shirt (bleached item) in vinegar it will stop the hole"y" effects of the bleach. I've tried this and it worked for me

  9. This purchase was actually a lil more then what I had thought. Yes, its just a t-shirt but it's probably one of the nicest and most comfortable shirt got...highly recommend

  10. I love this diy, totally doing it after I come home from work today =]

    Marlene Detierro (Kiwifruit)

  11. This is such a cool idea! I made tye-dye T-shirts and stuff but I never tried to cut them off and change the shape, looks like great fun. Thanks for sharing =)