Adam was getting rid of a few t-shirts that he didn’t wear much. I snagged them as a chance to play with some bleach techniques. To make this shirt I used an old t-shirt, bleach, a spray bottle, and some freezer paper. I’ve always been a fan of stars as a fun graphic shape (and on red or blue they would be great for the 4th of July), but next time I think I’ll try something complicated to see how intricate this will work.
Freezer paper is a great tool that I got in the habit of using thanks to my mom (it’s often used in quilting). Available at the grocery store, it acts just like paper on one side so you can draw on it to your hearts content. Here I roughly drew a bunch of different sizes of stars and cut them out.
The other side of the freezer paper will stick to fabric if you iron it down, and stays quite nicely through a lot of manipulation, but will peel off without leaving any residue. It can even be ironed and peeled multiple times.
Once I had ironed the stars to my tee shirt, I put some bleach and a lot of water in a spray bottle (at about 1:10 ratio) and sprayed around the stars on the shirt. I left it sitting outside for about a half hour and then rinsed it out thoroughly in the sink. Oila! New shirt! A higher concentration of bleach would make the contrast stronger (although I was going for subtle. I know, me choosing subtle. Go figure. It happens occasionally.), but be careful to keep an eye on it so you don’t eat through your shirt!