Hey guys! Sorry, I missed last week’s DIY post. I was flying home from BC and I didn’t get a chance. That being said, this week’s post makes up for it. I love these t-shirts and they were really easy to make.
What you need
- Stencil with your design on matte sticker paper
- Spray bottle with bleach inside
- Blow dryer (if you’re impatient like I am)
Now, I did make the stencil with this amazing machine, the Silhouette Cameo. Lucky for me my friend Candice from Ccosmetic Chaos has one that I could use. That being said, if you don’t have one of these babies, you can still print your image onto sticker paper and then cut it out by hand. I would recommend you use a craft knife (one of those knives that looks like a pen with a blade on the tip). The most important thing is that the knife is very sharp.
Once you have the stencil ready you just have to stick it to your shirt (make sure that it’s centred). I also put a piece of cardboard in the shirt so the bleach didn’t go through to the back.
I didn’t dilute the bleach at all which made it really corrosive. I actually have holes in a one of the thinner shirts that I used, which I really like because it makes it look distressed and vintagey (I know that’s not a real word but it really does look vintagey). This brings up another point: the kind of shirt you use is important. The brown shirt I used was fine because it’s a thicker material but the blue ones were thin to begin with and the bleach burned through the parts that had bleach pooling. Also, the men’s shirts (Nintendo and Fall Out) I used turned almost dark in the bleach areas after washing because the bleach ate away at the material in the shirt instead of just taking away the colour. Anyways, point is you may want to either dilute the bleach or test it out on an old shirt of a similar material before doing this on the shirt you plan on using. Either way, I still think that the shirts here turned out amazing and I’m so happy with them.
Finally, make sure you have a sponge on hand to dab on areas where there are large droplets of bleach. I used a blowdryer to speed up the process and the larger droplets would spread across the shirt, you can sort of see that on the Nintendo shirt.
Once the shirts are dry, pull off the sticker to reveal the awesome pattern underneath. Throw them in the dryer for 30 minutes to knock any dried bleach off and then soak in cold water for 5 minutes before putting them in the wash. Wash as normal by themselves the first time and you’re good to go!