T – T-shirt Upcycling DIY (A to Z Blogging Challenge 2014)

Saee had this plain green colored t-shirt which she wore only once; during her school sports day function. Ever since that day, it had been lying around in the cupboard, wanting some fresh air.

Then I found this idea online, and I was awestruck. It used something called as a bleach pen. A bleach pen is a supersaturated bleach solution meant to target specific stained areas on the shirt. Some people had used it very creatively to make patterns on their colored tshirt.

Cool. Only, we don’t get bleach pens in India. What to do?

So this is what I did.

  • an old empty fevicol squeezy bottle
picture source: ezeepoint.com

picture source: ezeepoint.com

(Note: this is not an advert for fevicol, nor has the company sponsored this post in any way. The only reason I used this image here, is because this is the bottle I used, so you have an idea about it and can use anything similar to this)

  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8 tbsp bleach liquid

Mix the cornflour with the water, and heat it slowly, stirring all the time. Sieve the mixture so that no lumps remain.

Allow it to cool. Add the bleach liquid to this, and fill the mixture in the previously cleaned and dried squeezy bottle.

Your bleach pen is ready.

Now for the best part!

See this…


See what we can do?

Now see this…

T-shirt upcycling

How I did this? Read on..

  • Place a butter paper inside the t-shirt. This prevents the bleach from leaching to the back side of the shirt.
  • Now draw whatever you want with your bleach pen. Free your mind. Use your imagination!
  • I made a branch and a tweety bird with the words “YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE”. My girl’s favorite song.
  • Allow it to dry for two to three hours. Don’t dry it overnight, because the cornstarch tends to shrink and the design gets a little distorted. It has happened in one or two places but it is not obvious in the above picture.
  • Wash it with cold water, and then with soapy water.
  • Allow the t-shirt to air dry.

Ta da!! Your upcycled personalized t-shirt is ready!!!

Thanks to this, the t-shirt now sees the light of the day more often than ever before 😉


Happy DIYing folks!!


This post has been written for the A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2014.

Also linking it to the Ultimate Blog Challenge


22 thoughts on “T – T-shirt Upcycling DIY (A to Z Blogging Challenge 2014)

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