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How to Stamp Fabric with Bleach

How to Stamp Fabric with Bleach

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Learn how to create a unique graphic tshirt using simple supplies, in this tutorial I’ll teach you how to stamp fabric with bleach.

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Creating a unique graphic tshirt doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m going to show you how to make one using a sponge and some bleach. Yes, it can be that simple.

We’ll also talk about how to use a rubber stamp and bleach to create a detailed design. Let’s jump in and gather supplies.

sponge and bleach

The most important item you need is bleach. The regular Clorox from your laundry room will work just fine.

Next up, grab a shirt you want to get creative with. Shop your wardrobe first and see if you have an old tshirt that could use an update. Or, head to the thrift store for something basic. If you need to buy new, I love basic soft cotton t’s from Target.

To create the designs on the t-shirts, you will need either a kitchen sponge or a rubber stamp. I still have a ton of stamps from my days of scrapbooking. I’m glad I held on to my favorites like the feather and leaf I used to make these shirts.

If you are looking for some rubber stamps, take a look at this collection of nature inspired stamps. Check your local thrift store as well, mine has a well stocked craft aisle and there are always a few stamps in the mix.

feather stamp

Now that your supplies are ready to stamp fabric with bleach, you will need to protect yourself and your surface. Bleach will damage your clothes and work surface. It can also make your skin dry and you definitely don’t want to breathe in too much.

I suggest you work in a well-ventilated space or better yet head outside. Wear old clothes or an apron and protect your work surface.

Take a look at the full tutorial below, and be sure to watch the video to see just how I made 3 unique bleach stamped shirts.

How to stamp Fabric with Bleach

How to stamp fabric with bleach 2 shirts

How to Stamp Fabric with Bleach

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Create a custom t-shirt with a stamp and bleach

Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Bleach
  • Sponge
  • Rubber stamp

Tools

  • Shallow container
  • Paper towels
  • Cardboard

Instructions

  1. Gather your supplies and prep your work surface. Bleach will damage fabric and surfaces so protect the table with a drop cloth and wear an apron or old clothes.
  2. Place a piece of cardboard inside a shirt to prevent the bleach from soaking through to the backside.
  3. In a shallow container, layer 4 paper towels, cut them so they fit the container. bleach in container
  4. Pour bleach into the container until it is absorbed by the paper towel, you don't want standing liquid, it should all absorb.


Method 1 - sponge stamp

  1. Cut a clean kitchen sponge into a shape, like a triangle.
  2. Press the sponge into the bleach-soaked paper towel.
  3. Press the sponge onto the shirt, repeat to create a pattern.
  4. Let the shirt sit with the cardboard inside until it is completely dry.


Method 2 - rubber stamp

  1. Press and clean a rubber stamp into the bleach-soaked paper towel.
  2. Press the stamp onto the shirt.
  3. Repeat all over the shirt while rotating the stamp to create an all-over pattern.
  4. Let the shirt sit with the cardboard inside until it is completely dry.

Notes

The bleach stamp will start out orange and slowly turn white as the chemical works. Be patient while this happens.

Let these shirts dry fully before washing or wearing them. Once the bleach has completely soaked in the garments can be washed normally.

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I made a t-shirt and a tank top for myself. The t-shirt was new and I created something unique that I really enjoy wearing. The tank top has been sitting in my drawer for years and I never wore it. This bleach stamping technique gave it new life and I’m looking forward to wearing it again this summer.

My daughter loves her graphic shirt made with a sponge stamp. She has plans to make another one on her own.

Now that you know how to stamp fabric with bleach, what will you make? Try adding a little interest to a pair of jeans. Or stamp a canvas tote bag or zip pouch. If it’s fabric, you can stamp it with bleach.

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