February 17, 2010

Customized Bleach T-Shirts

We purchased cotton t-shirts from Michael's and ACMoore when they were 50% off, making them $2.50 each. The sale comes around often enough that it is worth the wait! These t-shirts were given to all the participants of a youth group, and each month that they attended the group, they were given a patch to iron on the back.

1. Using contact paper, we cut out the letters "Y" and "K" and circles for the front of the shirt, and stuck them on.
2. Using a spray bottle full of bleach, we sprayed a small circle of bleach over the area with the contact paper. Remember to put a piece of cardboard in the shirt so the bleach does not leak through to the back. Not a lot of bleach is needed, and it works best if it is done in the sun. The sun helps it develop more quickly.
3. Rinse thoroughly when it is finished developing, and remove contact paper. Do not bleach the back of the shirt until it is dry again.
4. We used a Clorox Bleach Pen to write the words "Youth Kehillah" and "5770" on the back. We used the spray bottle to make the circle of white. This created a designated space to iron on patches.
5. Run through the washing machine when finished to completely remove the bleach.


  1. I love this idea, Lindsay! There are so many different ways this concept could be used. The contact paper (or vinyl :-) stencil and bleach spray is so cool!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this. Could you tell me approximatley how long you leave the bleach on before washing it out?
    2 minutes... 5 minutes... an hour?? I don't want to have holes in my shirts! lol

  3. good job,It looks very cool.i also like the t shirt.