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!