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Bleach Number Shirt Tutorial

Our lucky last guest is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts, one of the most prolific craft bloggers around. She always has great simple projects, and there’s lots of other fun on her blog too, such as What I Wore Wednesday and Take a Look Tuesday. She’s even turned her husband into a blogger at So I Married A Craft Blogger (hilarious!). Let’s see what she’s made today:

Hi Everyone!!  What a great idea for a series – Boys Own Style!!  We all know there need to be more boy craft posts. Plus the line-up is amazing!  I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts

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I have 4 kiddos and love to craft and blog (obviously!) – – I feel like if I can do something, then you can too!!

Today I want to show you a quick and easy way to personalize a t-shirt – the Bleach Number Shirt:

First, you’ll need a t-shirt, some bleach and a foam brush, and some vinyl or freezer paper or contact paper.

Use the vinyl/freezer paper/contact paper to make a big number.  I used contact paper because I had a scrap laying around.  I got fancy and made my number inside a circle with a strip running down the whole length of the shirt, but you can do whatever you’d like.  The kids LOVE that the shirt states their age – makes the shirt more unique and personal.

Press the contact paper down into place:

Use a foam brush to apply the bleach.  This time I used straight bleach and it started turning really quickly:

Last time I did this I watered down the bleach and I had to stick the shirt out in the sun and wait 20 minutes for it to turn.  Meanwhile, I used lots of the watery bleach mixture and with it sitting so long it seeped under my contact paper a little.  Which turned out neat too – they’re just different looks.  Here’s the previous Bleach Number Shirt post (the purple area is where it seeped) :

Compare that to this one that only took a few minutes to turn.  So I pulled the contact paper off and rinsed it right away, not giving it time to seep.  Then I threw it in the washing machine for a quick cycle.  See how the lines are crisper:

My son is actually away with his grandparents right now, so I grabbed my cousin for a quick model in case you wanted to see the shirt actually on a boy:

And let’s look at the shirt once more  – cause I just love how it turned out!!

Some other boy style posts you’ll find at my blog (click the pictures to find the tutorials):


And some fun boy crafts:

Hope to see you over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com!

What a cool T-shirt! I love that the stripe goes the full length of the T-shirt – it gives it a store-bought look. Thanks again, Mandy! Stay tuned next week for a full wrap-up of Boy’s Own Style Month.


  1. Bleach~~oh, yeah~~it’s amazing ,anyone who isn’t like it? I will say no !!
    Especially the unusualT-shirt,I like it to death~~~

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