Bleach Fabric Stamping

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Fabric Stamping with Bleach. Tutorial at

I’ve had this project in mind for a long time, but with a young child, you have to prepare for a craft like this. There are many ways to bleach paint a shirt. One technique is to use simple paint brushes dipped in bleach and paint the bleach across the colored fabric. Another technique is to use a spray bottle to mist the fabric with the bleach.  With the creation of the bleach pen a more precise line can be drawn, so the design is as good as your drawing skills. For my daughter I thought using a rubber stamp in the bleach would make the best shape and be the safest way to do this project.


 Bleach Stamping Workspace

Start this project by either going outside or covering the work space with newspaper to protect it from the bleach. Next, place the plastic mat inside the shirt, so the bleach doesn’t soak through to the back side.

Bleach Stamping Technique on T-Shirt

Dip the rubber stamp in the bleach and stamp it on the shirt. We moved fairly fast with this. That created the unevenness of the imprint, as you can see on the flower petals. If the imprint is not as good as you would like it can be touched up with a brush dipped in bleach.

Bleach Stamping Technique -

As you can see with the anchor stamp, the imprint works well with a thin rubber stamp as well as the more solid stamp, like the flower.

Allow to dry

Now, let the shirt sit for 5 -10 minutes, this bleaches the color and allows the bleach to dry so when the shirt is picked up the bleach will not run. I was afraid that if the bleach stayed on too long it would eat through the cloth. Next, toss the shirts into the wash alone! Run through the wash with a light detergent and allow them to dry.

Attach Gems

When the shirt is dry, use a fabric glue to attach the adornments such as gemstones or crystals. Allow the glue to dry.

 Make a unique t-shirt with this bleach stamping technique. Tutorial at

Rock that shirt out on the town! Be proud of your new piece of wearable art!

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3 thoughts on “Bleach Fabric Stamping

  1. Julie

    I am shocked to see a child participating in this project without gloves on! Bleach is dangerous. Those little hands could get burned! Afraid the bleach could eat through fabric? It eats through flesh, too!

  2. Amy

    I love this idea! I think it’s a great project for me or for my kids. I even have that big flower stamp, lol! Thank you for sharing. I have used stamping on fabric before, but for whatever reason hadn’t considered the simplicity of bleach (Could be a great way to hide a stain on a shirt as well)

  3. Veronika

    This looks amazing! I love it! I never leave a comment on any blog or whatever other websites, but this one just gives me such inspiration. Thank you so much, fantastic looking shirt! Beautiful!

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