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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bleach dyed shirt

Dying shirts with bleach has been around for a while and is super easy.  I thought I would share how I made this shirt for Hudson.

His favorite Star Wars character is Boba Fett. So I looked up some images on google and found this.  It's actually a pumpkin carving stencil!

What you need:
- a shirt
- freezer paper
- stencil/template
- bleach
- x-acto knife
- bowl
- small paint brush
- pen/sharpie
- iron
- plastic gloves (optional)

I first shrunk the stencil before I printed it out. That way it would fit the shirt better.  Then trace the stencil onto the freezer paper and cut out with the x-acto knife.  Next place the freezer paper with the shiny side down onto the shirt.  Iron it on good.  The freezer paper will stick to the shirt but will easily peel off later. In a well ventilated room or outside, fill a bowl with a little bit of bleach. Carefully paint on the bleach (wearing the gloves if you want) on the exposed shirt. Let the bleach sit for a minute or two.  You will notice it turns color.  On a black shirt, it's kinda orange/rust color.  Peel off the freezer paper. Then you are going to want to throw it into the wash immediately.  If the bleach sits too long, it could eat away at the shirt.  You also don't want to wear this until it's washed!!

In areas were the cut outs of the stencil are really close you might notice the bleach will run. It totally didn't bother me and it gave it sort of a vintage look.  If you want cleaner lines, just be really careful.

Linking up to: Sew Chatty

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