Make a Lovely Bleach Dye T-Shirt With a Leaf Pattern

by Jessvbro
5 Materials
1 Hour

Bleach dye? Why not! I love to get my creative juices flowing, and this one is one of my favorite DIY projects. This tutorial is going to show you how to bleach dye a shirt. This is an easy, create-your-own fashion hack. It's a great upcycle of old tops that you want to transform. You can take the tips that I'm going to show you and use them as inspiration to recreate your own. This tutorial does require you to use bleach, so please be cautious when using this. I suggest going to an area where it won't stain your home furniture. Also, wear old clothes while doing this project.

Tools and materials:

  • Old shirt
  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Newspapers
  • Leaf
Dye with bleach

Choose a shirt

As you can see, I will be using this faded pink shirt. It has a couple of oil stains and really could do with a transformation. Once this project is done, you won't even see them. Go ahead and choose your own shirt that could do with some sprucing up.

How to bleach dye

Gather your materials

The materials I'll be using are a bunch of beautiful leaves that I handpicked. I added some bleach to my spray bottle and laid out some newspaper. I handpicked a bunch of leaves. I chose one that I thought would look great for my shirt. It's also a flat leaf, so it will lay flat on the surface of the shirt.

How to dye with bleach

Create your own design

I am using a sharp kitchen knife to cut through the leaf. I make some holes so that the bleach seeps through. Basically, I am adding more design and depth by cutting inside the leaf along the vines.

How to bleach dye a shirt

Spray the bleach

Here's the best part! It's time to spray the bleach. Using your handy spray bottle, spritz the bleach around the leaf and between the holes you just cut. Add a few spritzes around the leaf's whole outskirts so it will look like a gradient-like effect.

How to bleach dye a t-shirt

Let it sit for 20 minutes and modify

When you're done, let the shirt sit for 20 minutes before you take off the leaf. Next, take off the leaf and look at your beautiful creation!

Add more bleach

My leaf's outline looked great, but I wanted to create more dimension and really get between each segment. So I added a few of the leaf pieces on the shirt and sprayed more bleach so that each segment had a visible outline and more definition.

Lovely DIY bleach dye top

Here it is- the beautiful outcome. Nothing like mother nature's design, right? I love the pop of white against the mauve color of the T-shirt. I love the entire look, and I can't wait to wear this out. I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I did.

Suggested materials:
  • Old shirt
  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
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