DIY Bleach Pen T Shirt Design

I seem to have an endless supply of thrift store t shirts hanging around just begging for a refashion.

So today I tried a new technique.

Bleach pen drawing.

And it worked!!!

If your t shirt is too large, first take it in like this:



Now you’re ready for the fun part:

Let the bleach sit on the shirt until it has bleached as much as you’d like then rinse it with cold water.

Wash and dry as usual in the washing machine.

For less than fifty cents, I’ve got a new summer shirt!

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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89 Responses to DIY Bleach Pen T Shirt Design

  1. So cute!!! I must try this someday! 🙂

  2. Love it love it, it’s genius!!!!!! Thank you to share what a fantastic idea!!

  3. I would have never thought of this because usually I’m scared to get bleach on clothes that should not be bleached. Now I want to try this with butterflies. Thanks for the great idea :).

  4. Kerri says:

    I’ve never even heard of bleach pens before… this is a great idea with so many applications. You’ve sent my mind to work… thanks for sharing.

    • Yes, just pick one up in the laundry aisle. You can draw anything with them! Have fun!

      • Kerri says:

        Is there a trick to keeping the bleach from running outside the desired design when you rinse out the excess? It seems like that could be a problem on darker fabrics. Thanks.

        • I actually left the bleach on for awhile hoping to avoid that problem, the longer you leave it on though, the weaker your fabric will become. I just rinsed it off with cold water and didn’t have that problem. My next bleach project is going to be on a dark blue shirt, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

          • Kerri says:

            OK, thanks. I am going to pick up a bleach stick today and experiment myself on various types of fabric swatches. I will let you know, too, if I discover any tricks.

            • Oh, good, because most everything I blog about is trial and error and I always welcome any advice I can get! Don’t you just love this blogging thing!

              • Kerri says:

                I do! except, I find that it’s kind of addicting. It is such a marvel to be able to connect with people you would certainly never otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

  5. I love it! And, I can do it – maybe not as well as you, but I still can! I’ve got a bleach pen in there and I’m going to do this in the next few days! I’ll post my results but wow……….your imagination is incredible!

  6. Home Seasons says:

    We love this idea, especially the cute flower design you created! Was it free-handed?

  7. anastasiawraight says:

    That is such a cute shirt! I may have to try this!

  8. bigsmileu1 says:

    Reblogged this on Grandmother Musings and commented:
    What a great idea! Chic Envelopement’s bleach pen idea had me sitting here thinking of all the items I could use this on. Here are a few…personalized pillow cases, towels, placemats, Jeans, tote bags, beach towels (each child can have their own personalized towel), napkins, etc.. I could just go on an on. Thank you Chic Envelopements for making my imagination fly!

  9. Jane's sew & tell says:

    Lovely effect. Where do you get the bleach pen?

  10. Kelly Y. says:

    You are amazing. Very cool and very creative! Thank you for sharing.

  11. Gorgeous and inspiring! I’ve a few things that have mystery spots on them already. They don’t require altering, but I think I’ll try a little redesigning with a bleach pen before I give up on them! Great post- thanks!

  12. It turned out great! I have been wanting to try this for a long time now just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Will have to do ASAP! Too cute!


  13. You have the best ideas! I’m not confident in my ability to re-size a goodwill shirt to fit me BUT Walmart has colorful v-neck t’s for only $5. I’m willing to risk $5 to see if I can replicate this. 🙂

  14. I love the bleach pen design idea! Thanks for the inspiration! I realized this could be done with a tablecloth or place mats etc…. Very cool!

  15. Jennifer Worrell says:

    This is a project I could take on!!! I really LOVE it!!! Thanks for visiting me and then hooking me up with such a neat idea!

  16. Doris says:

    I might have to try this one! I didn’t even know they made a bleach pen…

  17. Amy says:

    How creative! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Cul de Sac says:

    Man, how nice! I wanted to try this for a long time but don’t find the bleach pen around here… Want to try it for tile grout too…

  19. Loooove it! I’ve wanted to bleach pen writing, now I definitely have to! 🙂 Thanks!

  20. Mother Deer says:

    Beautiful design…so summery!

  21. Deann Campbell says:

    Love this idea,Beth!! I have a couple of v neck tees that I am tired of….too plain and boring. I am going to try this soon and they will no longer be blah!!!

  22. rlstanley92 says:

    Such a great idea! And I love the box you keep your pins in!

  23. Tracy says:

    This is crazy awesome!

  24. CherryPix says:

    So pretty and fresh! Haven’t heard of bleach pens! Will check out the laundry aisle!

  25. mamanellie says:

    Love this shirt! My daughter and I did a bleach t-shirt recently and they turned out great. It is so much fun and the possibilities are endless.

  26. Awesome… love the t-shirt. I just finished fabric painting t-shirts and you have inspired me to try this… Thanks.

  27. Carol glaser says:


  28. Smoochie, smooches!!!!

  29. Ickleed says:

    Love the blog. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award, as I wasnt people to see what I read and inspire me. Thank you. xx

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  31. Rhonda Callahan says:

    I recently stubbled onto your page. I love it!!! Thank you so much for posting all your tutorials of refashion. I’m new to sewing and you page is so much help to me. Thank you!!!!! Please don’t stop posting, I love your page!!!!!

  32. dosayit says:

    I love how this turned out! I have a t-shirt sitting in my closet right now with a few bleach spots on it from not-so-careful-cleaning. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do to cover the spots, and haven’t found quite the right fix yet. I was playing around with the idea of using ruffles, but my shirt has a really thick collar that would probably look funky with ruffles. You just gave me an easy solution, thanks!

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  34. NanaDoll says:

    THAT is a super easy DIY that is AWESOME!!! Great Idea!

  35. NanaDoll says:

    Reblogged this on momtoldmetowriteabook and commented:
    For the days I get carried away with my cleaning…

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  37. thebeadden says:

    I love this!

  38. Almond Rock says:

    Oooh that’s so cool. But why is your bleach so creamy? Is it a special kind?

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