February 19, 2010

Hurley-Inspired Hoodie

I love all the Hurley, Quiksilver, and Volcom clothes.  They are so cool, but the price tages aren't.  So, what's a girl to do?  Make your own.  Here's how I made this one.

1) Buy a cheap plain sweatshirt.  This one was $6 at Target.

2) Pick a word you want on the front and find a font you like on your computer.  Print out the word the size you want it to be and cut out the letters.

3) Tape the letters to your shirt how you want them to appear.  (Use tape loops so the tape doesn't hang over the edge.)

4) Buy a Clorox bleach pen (I recommend a new one) and make some designs around your letters.  Remove letters when done.  Click HERE to see my in-depth video tutorial on the bleach pen.
5) Let the shirt sit for a while, so the bleach can really do it's magic.  Then wash your shirt.

6) I chose to cut out one letter from some knit fabric I had and I sewed it on to add interest.  This is clearly optional....as is making the sweatshirt in the first place.

7) Have your boy strut his stuff in his new, original masterpiece.  Smile everytime you see him wear it.
Here's the letter "e" I added.
Here's a close-up of the stitch-mark design.  I took it all around the hood.
Feel free to comment with any questions you might have if you want to take on the project.  The options are pretty endless with this project.  Here are a couple sidenotes and extra tips:

- The bleach pen comes out as a gel.  You won't see the fabric change color immediately and the gel will spread a little as it soaks in.

- Be sure to use a new pen.  An old one might not bleach your fabric and you will have wasted a lot of time.

- If you choose to add a letter or sew something on you can use "Heat 'n bond" to make it easier.  I didn't but it's a nifty product to help you, so the fabric doesn't shift around as you sew it.

- Put some cardboard under the layer of fabric you are working on so you don't bleach through multiple layers.
Good luck!

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment/craft fail/bleach project for the chance to win prizes from Tatertots & Jello and Clorox. You can find out more information about this campaign –  www.BleachItAway.com.  If you share YOUR messy moment story, you can enter to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can get a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.


  1. Very Cool! Love this idea, thanks for sharing

  2. Wow -- I LOVE this idea!! I am going to copy it :)

  3. simple and ke-ute. thanks for the idea. now to think of a word!!!

  4. You. are. brilliant.
    Clorox should pay you to come up with ideas!!

  5. Found you through One Pretty Thing and love this idea! Going straight to the top of my list. Thanks!

  6. mummimom22.2.10

    ohmigosh - what a cool idea - i'm on it for my son & nephew! thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great idea! It is so hard to find BOY projects. I love it!


  8. really cool. I was just thinking about spiffing up some hooded sweatshirts for spring. might have to try this!

  9. HOLY. MACKEREL. (Is that how you spell Mackerel?) I am blown away that you even THOUGHT of this. I cannot let my boys see it or they will insist that I make them one. Great project!

  10. How long did this take to make? My 5 year old is already way into those brands and would love this.

  11. Love, love, love this! Great combination of texture and color!

  12. Great idea! I can't wait to try it!

  13. Love this! And so does my 10 yr old son! I have linked to you.

  14. Julie27.2.10

    A great boy craft idea, I love it!

  15. I'm on new craft idea's overload, I love your blog!

  16. You're a genius. I'm in LOVE.

  17. Back in November I did some bleaching on a shirt using packing tape to make my designs. I really wanted to do something a little more elaborate than stripes. I tried making a starch paste with bleach to paint on the shirts. IT DIDN'T WORK so I gave up on trying to do anything elaborate with bleach.

    I hadn't even considered using the bleach pen! ANYWAY, this is awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration. I'll be linking.

  18. Estou maravilhada com seu blog e suas artes!
    Seus filhos dois príncipes filhos de uma princesa de rosto suave e doce...parabéns

  19. I am a new follower and found this through your year end round up. I love this idea! I bought my son a plain blue hoodie awhile back and have been trying to think of something to jazz it up.


  20. oooh this is too kewl ;p i'm gonna have to make one of these when the kids give me some time lol. did you notice it smelling like bleach though? i'm wondering how long it would take for that to off-gas. or would washing it a few times work just fine?

  21. Amber-

    I never noticed a smell after I washed it. I wouldn't worry about that. It was fine.



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