I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest. I’m sure several versions are out there, but here is our’s!

We participate each year in a cupcake sale to raise money for a ministry that is near and dear to our hearts, Sixty Feet. Come back tomorrow for more on the cupcake sale. This is our third year participating and Big Brother had out grown his t shirt that he usually wears. I remembered the idea for a bleached t shirt and figured that would be simple and quick enough… seeing how we realized the day before the sale that he did not have a shirt.


Materials Needed:

Diluted Bleach

T Shirt (darker colors probably  work best)

spray bottle



I probably put 2 or 3 Tablespoons of bleach and the rest water


Now, I made the stencil by tracing Africa from an atlas onto plain printer paper. I imagine freezer paper might be a better option, but this served the purpose just fine!

I recommend setting up this project in the bathtub. I did a little test spray on an obscure part of the shirt… just to make sure it would work.


I pinned the stencil in place and let big brother spray away. I told him to make sure to get the edges of the stencil well. It only took about a minute to cover the shirt.


I jumped the gun a little. I was worried the bleach water would soak through the paper and ruin the idea. I unpinned it and tried to move the still wet paper. A few drops got left behind. All in all, I’d say the project turned out well though. After I removed the stencil, I took another spray bottle, filled with just water and sprayed down the shirt. I then rinsed it, in the bath tub and then took it to wash, by itself, in the washing machine.

The washing machine process was the longest part of the project. I feel like there are so many options that open up for this kind of project… so many t shirts, flags, blankets, pillow cases… just imagine.

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