Adventures With Bleach

As soon as I saw this technique, I knew I had to try it out!  I have applique'd.  I have painted with freezer paper stencils.  So let's add bleaching shirts to my repertoire!  I wanted a girly Superman t-shirt to wear on Father's Day.  (We are celebrating the hubs in "Superman" style this Sunday!)

The first time I tried this method, I failed completely learned a lot.  So I am pleased that I can share a *successful* tutorial with you!  I'll share my oopseys at the end of the tutorial.  But you will not believe how easy this is!

Here is what I learned from my oopseys:
* Do NOT overdo the bleach.  I ruined one of Little Man's shirts because I didn't believe that the invisible bleach was doing all the work.
* I tried using a cardstock stencil the first time, but it did not give me a clean, crisp stencil image.  I definitely love my freezer paper!
* If your spray bottle is on "stream", it will leave much larger blotches.  I realized that with my first spray!
* I had the best luck when using undiluted bleach.

I am loving my sweet, subtle Superman shirt!
Yes, I had to photo myself.  This whole "Superman" theme is still a surprise from the hubs, besides the fact he is out-of-town as always!  Ah well, this Supergirl has got it covered. 🙂

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  1. Well done, Superwoman! 🙂

  2. Celeste says:

    Very creative. Love how it looks too!

  3. Nana's Fun Stuff says:

    Very cute and yes you are a Superwoman!! Love it!

  4. I love your blog! I am following and you can follow me at Love the idea!
    Have a great day!

  5. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Nice!! Love it in pink. Great technique!

  6. Katie Bishop says:

    What a great idea! Fantastic!

  7. I want to try this technique, but I can't seem to find any tutorials that tell you how long to let the bleach sit on the shirt. Help! Would you mind emailing me at

  8. Beverly @ says:

    I think this is too cute! I love it. 🙂 I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks!

  9. I have been wanting to try this technique forever. Your shirt turned out so nicely!

    I saw your fabric tied star in the background and giggled. I just made something like that and thought that I made something fairly unique…ha ha. My naivety is hilarious. 🙂

  10. Stumbled over your blog a few minutes ago… Immediately fell in love with the technique, have to get some t-shirts and bleach right now 😉

    Can you just explain to me what freezer paper is? I'm living in Austria and I have never heard of that… Maybe you (or somebody else who knows) can enlighten me? akela22 (at)

    Off to read some more of your great ideas…

  11. Bettie Rocker says:

    ok, this is wicked cute!

  12. Kim @ seven thirty three says:

    Love it! I used this technique to make all of my children Sibling shirts. It was super easy and looks super cute!

  13. I just did this with my son's name and 2 on it for his 2nd birthday shirt. It's SOOOOOOOO cute (and super cheap plus personalized)! 🙂

  14. I’m so doing this! Love the idea!

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