Custom made T-shirt Design Using Bleach

I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was something that I could re-create.  It’s a T-shirt where a picture was created by using bleach around a pattern.  I pinned it on my craft board, but this shirt was actually for sale on Etsy so I had to guess on the instructions.  I felt it had a more definite result than tye-dyeing.



  • T-Shirt
  • Bleach
  • A spray bottle
  • Stencil design
  • Plastic to protect the surface you are working on
  • Gloves to protect your hands
  • Goggles to protect your eyes
  • A washing machine to finish your design


The design I wanted to use was the old Amtrak logo because they have since changed it to a new design and it is hard to find the vintage look.

I went on the computer and enlarged the logo to the chest size of my T-shirt and then went ahead and cut it out, using an exacto knife. I then placed it on the front of my shirt and taped it down. 

I wanted to make sure that the shirt was completely flat.  I used a large piece of cardboard to insert inside the shirt, and I also covered it with a plastic bag so that the bleach wouldn’t soak through to the back side. 

Next I wanted to make sure that I didn’t spray any bleach on parts of the shirt that didn’t require it so I taped another bag around my design to cover the other parts of the shirt.

Next I got the bleach treatment ready by pouring a bit of liquid bleach into a spray bottle.  I also bought a bleach pen to make sure I got clear lines. 

I took the shirt outside to the back yard and did my spraying on the pavement. I saturated the T-shirt and the stencil.  And let it dry outside in the sun.  Next I put it in the washing machine and dryer to set it.


Looking back at the design I saw online, I can see where I went wrong by reversing the negative and positive spaces on the shirt with my design.  If I try again in the future I’ll know to do it the opposite way. Where they used an outline and sprayed the bleach around it, I sprayed the bleach into my outline.  That’s where it came out looking like a sweat stain.  But at least I got the logo nice and straight with the help of the bleach pen.  I failed on this project and ended up using the shirt to wash my truck with. 


Re-purposed Sweater = Warm Mittens

Pinterest… it’s awesome! Don’t you just love pinning things. Then maybe later you’ll go back and click on the pin that hopefully has a functioning link to the page the image came from. And isn’t it frustrating when it takes you to a page that isn’t in English. UGHGH especially when you are all ready to get started on the project. That is precisely the reason why I am putting up the process I used to create these mittens out of an old sweater I had.

The nice thing about this project is that there are no paper patterns involved.  Sometimes for me the less instructions the better because I do not always have the best patience for sewing projects as I just want to get them done.

The sweater I used was wool and not knitted very tight. Various online sources tell you to use the Ugly Christmas Sweaters and show something that looks like a fleece or cashmere blend. I used what I had on hand (ha ha ha no pun intended… get it.. you know.. mittens.. on your hand…) & it just so happened that it has the feel of an Olympic style pattern as well (Sochi –  Winter 2014 ) .

First turn the sweater inside out and trace your hand (in a mitten pose or like an oven-mitt) making sure to utilize the side seam of the sweater as well as the bottom hem.  Make sure you trace enough space around your hand.  It can be made smaller when you are stitching it together.

Cut it out


Because my sweater looked like it would be very airy as it, so I decided to line it with a pajama fleece material. So I re-traced the cut out mitten onto the fleece


I used the pinking sheears around the edges so they wouldn’t fray over time


I also top stitched around the fleece liner because it sounded like something I was probably told to do in school, but didn’t remember. Should help prevent any additional fraying.


Next, pin the liner onto the wrong side of the cut out sweater piece.


Stitch all the way around.


Make sure that you will have enough space for your hand. Warp it around and pin where necessary. I had not been very generous when tracing and cutting out my sweater pattern in step one. This created a problem when trying to get a good seam. I will have to do a bit of hand sewing afterwards, but that’s ok.


Clip any extra edges, such as the top round edge so that when you turn it inside out, it is smooth.

Now I’m ready to fight the Polar Vortex weather driving to work in the mornings and wearing my colors for the Olympics. Yay !!!


Repurposing Toe Socks

This craft project was a long time in the making.

A long distance friend of mine on facebook had one of these guys in a photo album, and not more than a minute after viewing, I knew I had to make one.  Of course that was at least a year ago.  (My motivation can easily be distracted by moving and talking pictures on the tv)

So as I embarked on discovering all kinds of new crafts to try, thanks to Pinterest, I threw this one in there as well.  I pinned my favorite picture on my craft board.

Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph this project step by step because I really didn’t know what I was doing at the time, but let me explain it as best as I can.  It made me feel like I was creating my very own Muppet !

Creating Mr. Gaga the Little Toe Sock Monster

1.  Supplies

Toe Socks, various color thread, polyester fiber fill, scissors, embellishments for facial features any clothes or accessories

2. Preparation

I picked out a new pair of toe socks because I love wearing my own too much to get rid of any.  I choose the longer socks that compare to knee highs.  I needed a little extra so I chose a similar pattern, but with different colors for the arms and legs.

3.  Head

Decide how big you want the head to be and cut both pairs at an equal length above the toes.  Above you can see I measured in 5 stripes.

Stuff with Polyester Fiber Fill to desired consistency.

Hand stitch the two socks together.

To cover up a poorly stitched seam in the back, I took a scrap piece of the sock and sewed three vertical lines to attach it to the back of the head, then I cut between the stripes up to the seam to create a mohawk-like hair style.

This was actually the 2nd last step for me

4.  Body

Take one of the socks and sew the top part (where you begin to put your foot into a regular sock) under the head.  Don’t sew it flat ! Open it up a bit to give him a fat enough neck to support that wide load head!

Suff again with poly fill

5.  Arms & Legs

This is left up to your creativity.

My goal was not to make the hand toes look too much like the head toes.  I started by choosing a different sock and cut a strip from top to toes that divided the sock after the 2nd toe.

This gives the hands 3 fingers and the feet 2 toes.

Turn inside out and sew the open seam closed


For the Arms: most arms you will notice come out of the area near the neck, not the sides of the body like small children’s school artwork show.  Make sure that his arms aren’t going to stick out parallel to his head.  To do so, do not over stuff the end area that will become the shoulder.  Leave that area empty and the arms should hang at the sides.

For the Legs: In order to close the bottom of the body and attach the legs, I first matched up one side of the bottom and one of the leg and stitched half of the leg to it.  (Sorry, I really wish I had a picture of it)  If you were looking at him from the front, the open area of the legs would be in the back.  Then take the butt end of the monster and sew it flat to the backs of the legs.  This makes them look like they are coming from the inside of the animal and not sitting on top.

6.  Face

I’ve always held the theory that once you give your animal a face, it will start to hurt the next time you impale him with a needle and thread so make this your last step.

I used a small pony tail holder for his lips.  My sister (the indented recipient of this guy) chose the eyes.  In stead of buttons we found some dollar store, dress up, flower style rings.  We broke off the ring part and hot-glued the flowers on as eyes.

pucker up !

Depending of if you are going to make this a chew toy for an animal, you may want to rethink hard plastic facial features.  My animal wouldn’t hold up against a dog, a cat might like it (think of stuffing him with some Cat nip, or that ruffly plastic paper  or bells for noise).  I think our snake will love slithering through the toe areas, but mostly, this guy – Mr. Gaga will sit on my sister’s bed.

The Art of Melting Crayons

It’s no secret that I think Pinterest is one the neatest websites that has been developed in a long time.   No longer do I have to struggle with  a favorite/bookmark list so long that I can never find what I’m looking for.  Besides, I’m a visual person and I like to see exactly what I’m looking for.  There are so many different ways to develop boards, that I don’t think I’ve reached my limit yet. 

I spend more time on there than Facebook these days. That being said, rrecently, I’ve been spending hours and hours looking at other users’ pins for craft ideas.  I think if I’m going to pin it, I should try each craft, and when I do, I’ll share the results here. 

The Craft Idea- Sample Picture I found on Pinterest and Patterned My Work Off Of- The Website Didn’t Provide Any Directions, So Below Is How I Went About Re-Creating This.

The first one I attempted involves melting crayons with a hair dryer.  The color on this one is what caught my eye. It had a tyedyed feel and looked somewhat easy so I thought I would attempt it.

The cost of supplies for this project totaled $3.50.  I bought two boxes of the non-Crayola brand crayons (24 count) and a regular poster board.  The adhesive I had in my craft supplies. If I were to do this project again I would make a few changes.  Especially if this was to be something I intended to keep, I would buy the stronger, puffy poster board because it is more rigid when you’re trying to pick it up with all the crayons on it. I would also try it with the Crayola brand and buy more crayons because 48 is not enough to make a heart as the sample shows.  That could easily boost the cost of this project over $10.00.

Sort your crayons into the color scheme you desire. I stuck with the basic rainbow colors. I discarded the white, peach, gray, and black colors.
Next, choose what shape you want to create- heart, circle, square, peace sign, etc.

It’s helpful to use another object for a guide. Begin to glue the crayons to the poster board- spacing them at your own discretion and based on how many you have

I think personal preference comes in here. The original sample doesn’t show it, but it might be worth it to remove the paper from the crayons if you intend on melting them completely away. However, this begs the question will the glue stick the crayon to the poster board without the paper?

Take your project outside and make sure you have enough space to work.  The splatter of the crayons can get out of hand.  I got a little bit of red on the sidewalk and it doesn’t come off with the garden hose.

Set your hair dryer on high and aim your hairdryer on the tips of the crayons.
I had my paper lying flat on the sidewalk and this may have contributed to the reasons my results differ from the original.

We were supposed to have temperatures near 100 degrees the past two days and I wanted to see if this project would “Do Itself”. It didn’t. The crayons got a little sweaty as you can see in this picture, but never actually melted and ran because of the air temperature and radiant heat from the sidewalk.

For a person who has patience, I think the canvas should be hug on something vertical.  Then heat the section of crayons that are pointing down to one at a time so they drip downwards.  The puddles of crayons dry fairly quickly.  Then flip the canvas to the next side and begin melting again.

This is what I mean when I said it might be a good idea to peel off the crayon paper if you intend to melt them into nothingness.
At this point, I was frustrated in the process and just wanted to melt, melt, melt !

The final result. Some abstract artists might find it interesting.

In all, I’d give the project a C+. It seems like a good way to burn out the motor on your hair dryer.  My honest opinion of this is that it’s not as easy as it looks.  It takes much more skill to produce a tasteful result than just pointing a hair dryer.  You have to work the flow of wax and direct it where you want it to go.  I’m not even sure it would be fun for a young child despite being safe enough.  I’d still beg you to try it for yourself and tell me how it worked for you.

Even though it didn’t produce the desired results, I will still keep the original “fun version” on my Pinterest craft board here