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. 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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