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Customizing t-shirts and tank tops with bleach designs is a fun DIY idea for personalized gifts for you and your wedding party!  Mr. & Mrs. t-shirts for your honeymoon, shirts and tank tops that have "bridesmaid" and "groomsmen" on them, you name it!  You could also make a monogram tank, like the one be... read more

Customizing t-shirts and tank tops with bleach designs is a fun DIY idea for personalized gifts for you and your wedding party!  Mr. & Mrs. t-shirts for your honeymoon, shirts and tank tops that have “bridesmaid” and “groomsmen” on them, you name it!  You could also make a monogram tank, like the one below.  Cute, personalized tops to wear while getting ready on the day of the wedding are just one more way to add customization to your day.

Bleach pens make creating a design super easy and way less messy.  I covered the area I was working in with newspaper to protect my work table and the process was quick and mess-free!

Materials

  • Newspaper
  • Bleach Pen
  • Chalk
  • Dark Tank Top or T-Shirt
  • Stencils (optional)

Step 1:  Cover the surface you’re working on with a few layers of news paper to protect from the bleach.  Lay out your shirt and put a thick barrier or newspaper inside the shirt to keep the bleach from soaking onto the back side of the shirt.  I used a group of folded newspaper and a recycled brown paper bag.  Flatten out the fabric so you have a smooth surface to work on.

Step 2:  Depending on your preference, you may choose to use stencils for your design or draw free-hand. Since I was doing lettering, and I tend to have a shaky hand, I used stencils.  Lightly draw your design with chalk so you have a guide to go by.

DIY Bleach Shirts
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Note – The bleach WILL bleed some so keep this in mind when planning your design.  Lines that are too close or designs that are very intricate may blend together.

Step 3:  Using your bleach pen, draw your design onto the shirt following your chalk sketch.  For this top I did the bride and groom’s initials on the front and a small heart on the back.

DIY Bleach Shirts
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DIY Bleach Shirts
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Step 4: You’ll start to see the bleach changing the color of the fabric.  Leave the bleach on your shirt for as long as you want.  Different times will give different looks – longer will be brighter and shorter will give a slightly faded look.

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Step 5: Rinse your shirt thoroughly in cold water to remove all of the bleach. Wring out and let dry.

DIY Bleach Shirts
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Just to change it up a bit, I did a second tank top with a heart shape.  I cut the heart out of card stock and taped it flat to the shirt.  Then, I outlined the heart with the bleach pen.  Using regular bleach in a spray bottle, I sprayed lightly over the heart which gave a speckled look around the heart.  I waited a few minutes, removed the heart shape and drew another interior heart.  After letting the bleach sit a few more minutes, I rinsed the shirt clean.

DIY Bleach Shirts
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DIY Bleach Shirts
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DIY Bleach Shirts
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DIY Bleach Shirts
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Have fun creating your own unique designs!  Just remember that the bleach will bleed on the fabric.  It may be be wise to test out your design on a piece of scrap fabric before going straight to the shirt!  If you would prefer to paint your design you can use regular liquid bleach and a paint brush too.  :)

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