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Back in June, I reblogged The Renegade Seamstress’s T-Shirt Bleach Pen Design Tutorial.  I thought it was such a cool project that I had to try it myself.   Here is how I created a really cool summer shirt for less than $6.


1. Clorox Bleach Pen

2. Garage Sale shirt

3. Paper bag


1. Insert brown paper bag into shirt so that the bleach does not leak through.  I did this project on a card table in the garage. I covered the card table with a plastic tablecloth.

2. Using the thin tip of the bleach pen, draw the design you wish to have on the shirt.  I chose simple circles.

3.  Let shirt dry.  The longer it dries the whiter the design will be.  I left my shirt to dry for about three hours.

4. Carefully rinse off bleach with cold water.  Wash separately to avoid bleaching other items.

5. Wear with pride.



Other ways to use the bleach pen could be to make personalized pillow cases, bags, and towels.  I also thought it might be interesting to bleach a pair of dark gym shoes with a design.  There are so many applications for this art.

Please share your ideas or projects with me when you try the Bleach Pen Technique.

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17 responses »

  1. This turned out so cute! I love how you put the dots around the neckline! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, my gosh, this is such a cool idea! I am going to try this for sure. Your shirt turned out beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I LOVE it! I must try this soon! 🙂

  4. A Clorox Bleach Pen… who would have thought? This is way too cool! I may need some practices.

    • Amy, start using something old that you don’t care may get ruined. This was a 50 cent T-shirt from a garage sale. It makes the first time less worrisome. I’d love to see your creations if you try it. Enjoy the day! 🙂

  5. That is really cute bigsmileu1! Blessings to you!

  6. Great idea Jamie, I can think of a few things to do with the bleach pen.

  7. Looks fun! Thank you for sharing the idea!

    • It is a cool technique that I copied from another blog, Chic Envelopments. I would like to try some other items, soon.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Enjoy the evening. 🙂


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