Want a unique shirt for yourself or kiddos? These cheap and cheerful shirts are one-of-a-kind. This craft is super easy and you likely have most everything already on hand at home. Can you ask for a better project?
All you need is
- cotton t shirt-darker colour
- spray bottle
- cardboard to fit inside shirt
- your pattern or resist, see ideas below
- drop cloth (I used an old towel)
How to rock this craft
- Shop awesome, find shirts on clearance or second hand. No need to spend a fortune as you may end up wanting to do a few. I found these shirts with an extra 40% off in-store as well as an email code for an additional 15% off bringing them down to about $2.55 each.
- Mix bleach and water 50/50 in a spray bottle, clearly mark what it is if keeping the mixture.
- Lay out t-shirt on drop cloth. Put cardboard inside the shirt to keep the bleach from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.
- Your design can be anything. I have seen that several people swear by freezer paper but I used scrapbooking stickers and I printed out silhouettes from my computer on regular paper and used a glue stick to temporarily adhere them to the shirt. Press images down firmly
- Wearing gloves (I know I am not in my picture) spray shirt around the images. I sprayed more of the bleach mixture around the actual image to make sure there was good coverage there. You will want the contrast to best see your image. Then I spritzed outwards lightly to see the splatter marks. Watch your shirt lighten, it can be very cool to see what colour it will turn. Of course you can leave it a little longer to have it go white-but be careful not to eat the fabric right up!
- Blot to make sure there is not too much bleach around your resist , you don’t want it bleeding into your design as you peel it back. After resist is removed start rinsing the bleach out. You will need to be thorough so rinse more than you think you need to or I had a washer with water in it ready to go and ran it through a load with no soap ASAP
- Once you have washed the bleach out the shirt can be washed as usually.
My boys were in love with these handmade just-for-them shirts. Bug loves foxes so he wore his ‘Crazy Like A Fox’ shirt right away.
I am going to make up a few birthday shirts for the boys and their buddies with winter birthdays coming up. I am also trying to find a good silhouette of Lego and Disney Princesses for my nephew and niece. Michelle, pretend you did not read that!
What would you put on a shirt? Would you make one for yourself or your kids?