Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Distressed T-Shirt

Not too long ago, I bought a cute little solid tee shirt. It fit great, and I was all excited to wear it. Then, the FIRST TIME I wore it, I got a grease stain on it. Correction: multiple grease stains. Who knew baking snickerdoodles could be so hazardous to your clothing!

Well, I didn't want to throw the shirt away, but I wasn't quite ready to relegate it to the grubby clothes pile either. So, I decided to try a fun little project instead.

You will need:
  • 1 colored t shirt
  • Bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Electrical tape (masking tape... anything sticky and removable)
  • Scissors
Cut out electrical tape and press it onto the shirt in the pattern of your choosing.  If you're like me and trying to disguise a grease stain, avoid taping over the stain.
Nice new shirt, big ugly grease stain

When you're satisfied with the look, place the shirt on a well covered, protected work space. I used the tile floor in the basement and lots of newspaper to avoid any accidental bleaching.  Be sure you also place plenty of newspaper between the front and back of your shirt to prevent bleed-through.

Spray the shirt with bleach until you like the amount on the shirt.  I was a little heavy handed, but I still like the effect.

Wash (alone or with other bleachable items), dry, and wear!


  1. Great idea! I stain my shirts all of the time... I will have to keep this project in mind.

  2. What a great idea! I would have just thrown it away. You are definitely creative. Love how it turned out.


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  3. great idea! How do you come up with all this stuff? I'm so impressed.

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