Make a Lovely Bleach Dye T-Shirt With a Leaf Pattern
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- Old shirt
- Spray bottle
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Lorraine on Oct 19, 2021
I have squirted rose designs on many of my t shirts that had been stained and never had a problem.........The time that you leave the bleach on is what is harmful I make my design with a squirt bottle leave it til I see the design blossoming and then immediately put it in cold water and keep cold water running on it for a few minutes. I am still wearing these garments after 2 years with no problem.......I think it also depends on the material.......I had nothing to lose because, they were soiled and this took care of the problem