Bleach Please

My name is Jamie...

and I have a t-shirt addiction.

Yes, I really do.  I need to come clean about it... it's time. I seem to constantly find new t-shirts to buy because I love t-shirts. They are my uniform. I easily have t-shirts that are older than my daughter. I have t-shirts older than my marriage. I have t-shirts older than my college degree, heck, older than my high school degree. I never get rid of t-shirts. It's a huge no-no. You never know when a situation will call for a 15 year old t-shirt! In our old house, we had a giant walk-in closet so it was easier to conceal store my addiction, this house has been a little more of a challenge - lucky for me there is a linen closet to store all my t-shirts. Seriously, I filled up a linen closet in our bathroom with t-shirts and then complain about not having a place to put all my towels and sheets. I KNOW, I already admitted I had a problem!

Right about now you are asking why I am babbling about t-shirts and my storage issues, well here it is.

Yup, more t-shirts. 

I decided that perhaps I should take this little pin from show tell share and spruce up some of the t-shirts in my linen closet (yes, I know that sounds weird, but its weirder to call it a t-shirt closet).  How hard can it be? Time to gather the supplies!!

I was a little nervous about not having a plan for the design so I went online and found a couple designs that I could gain some inspiration from. The original post said to try using chalk to mark the t-shirt but I had a stitch marking pencil and that made this a snap, okay not a snap, but easier. I could draw a rough (and I mean rough) sketch of my design right on the shirt. 

Can you see it?? No? Me either.

Here comes the scary part. I have a love/hate relationship with bleach. I always seem to get it on everything BUT the stain I am trying to clean. I pretty much stopped using it in my laundry because of the number of shirts I've ruined. Its a tricky thing, I never realize I've gotten it all over me until after its too late. Come to think of it, this is starting to sound like a hate/hate relationship.... until I tried the shirt. It was sort of scary and like magic at the same time. 

You have to work fast because the bleach starts to process on the shirt pretty quick. I used the clorox pen because it has a fine tip, but you have to be careful not to push too hard or you'll get a blob of bleach, and that is just no fun at all (unless your Bob Ross, then it's a happy accident and become a tree).  

This is the shirt as the bleach is morphing it. 

I let it sit for about 6-8 minutes. I watched it carefully because I was a nervous nelly didn't want it to over-process - flashback to a bad hair experience. Just like dying your hair, rinse and wash once you have hit the color you want. And then...


I have to say, I really like it. It has a hippie, home made look to it, but I sort of have a hippie home made look to me, so it works!

Go get a t-shirt and try it! 

p.s --- If you do try this, let me know. I love to see how other people do things so it would be fun to see how you design your hippie home made shirt!