July 29, 2011

Hurley-inspired Bleach Pen Tee

This week I'm posting some older tutorials from guest posts I did when I first started blogging.  (That also explains why Rex will look much younger in the pictures.)  This week's posts will probably actually be new to most of you (because they've never been fully posted here) and I'll get some time to finish some things that have been on the checklist way too long.
Today we're going to be making this manly tee.

You'll need a blank t-shirt, a clorox bleach pen, some scrap fabric, and some coordinating embroidery floss.  Here we go!

1) Lay out your t-shirt.  Place thick paper between the layers of the shirt, so the bleach won't bleed through.  I put a small square-shaped piece of paper in the center, to make sure I left some open space for the main design.  It's just sitting there - not attached. 

2) Draw your plaid lines with a bleach pen and wait until it's the color you want it to be.  Before you go crazy with your bleach pen, you might want to watch THIS TUTORIAL for all the info you need to know.  Rinse the shirt in the sink to remove the bleach and then throw it into the laundry.  Eat some chocolate and surf the net while you're waiting.  (I recommend a Skor bar and some good 'ol craft blogs.)

3) Create your design for the middle.  I wanted to do an "H" like the Hurley one since that's what our last name starts with.  (That way the shirt can be handed down, too.  It's not just for one kid.)  I always use heat 'n bond when applying a knit fabric to a knit fabric.  Iron the heat 'n bond onto the scrap fabric.  Draw and cut out the shape.  Iron it onto the shirt.  I also stitched around it on my machine.

4) Don't forget to floss!  Embroidery floss is one of my favorite embellishments for boys' clothing.  I hand stitched between the bleach lines to add more interest.  I did every other line and used green floss to match the "H" (though it doesn't look super green in this picture).

5) Bribe your child with ridiculous amounts of candy so that he'll let you take his picture.

That's it!  Thanks for dropping in.


  1. Awesome!! This week was great to see some past projects that we may have missed. Thanks for sharing, again!

  2. I love it!!!!

    Rex looks so much like his daddy.

  3. Oh man he's cute!!!!!!! Did you see the new Silhouette Mustache image..
    Totally not trying to pimp myself (can I say that??) Just wanted to share it with you :)

  4. That is so awesome! I've seen several shirts done with bleach pens. Maybe it's time to finally try one?

  5. does the bleach make the shirt thinner? i've had a few bleach spots (on accident) and it always ends up in a hole? these are so cute though. i'll have to try it for sure!

  6. Using bleach pens like this is possibly the most genius idea ever. I am going out to buy some right now. I don't even have a t-shirt idea at this exact second, but the moment I have one I'm going to be armed and ready with bleach. WOW!

  7. leelee- Bleaching does weaken the shirt a bit. It's best to rinse it as soon as you're happy with the color change. I've made a lot of bleached tees and sweatshirts (and most were made over a year ago) but I've only had one get a hole so far.

    I hope that helps!


  8. LOVE! Ok...so dorky question...what size needle do you use on the flossing?! I bought some and have been too scared to try it! I have an idea for a shirt for my little faux hawking stud and really want to use it! You used the "embroidary thread" right?!!

    Love Leish


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