DIY: Distressed T-shirt

I am a lover of all things DIY. I love being creative and most of all I love saving money. My mindset is, why pay someone for something that you can do for yourself, especially when you can do it for half the cost. So, I decided to DIY my own distressed T-shirt. I’ve seen them a lot recently on the blogs and across social media and I felt as if I needed to add one to my wardrobe. It’s super simple and most importantly super cheap!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

  •  Old Graphic T-shirt
  •  Scissors
  •  Bleach
  •  Water
  •  Empty Water Bottle
  •  Gloves

Step #1: “Cut it, Cut it, Cut it”

I wanted to make sure the cuts were tasteful and not too reveling. So I put the shirt on and made cuts, all varied in size, where I wanted the distressed look to be.  After you make the small/large cuts use your fingers to stretched out the hole to your liking. There is no right or wrong way to cut your T-shirt. It all depends on what look you are going for. I wanted minimal cuts, so I decided to put some at the neckline, on each sleeve and along the bottom of the shirt.

 

Step #2: “Bleach it like it’s hot”

The key to bleaching the shirt is to do it sporadically. You don’t want to put too much bleach in one spot because then instead of looking like a distressed shirt, you will look more like an inverted cow. Take the top of the water bottle off and poke holes in it with a needle. This allows you to make a sprinkling effect over the shirt. After filling the bottle half way with a mixture of water and bleach screw on the top and go to work. To ensure you don’t make a mess do it in the bathtub or outside on top of a trash bag.

 

Step #3: Wash and Dry

Let the bleach sit for about 30 minutes to make sure it sets in. Then wash with cold water and dry. Once it’s done drying you can determine if you want add more cuts or bleach. If you add more bleach you will then need to repeat step #3 over.

Let the bleach sit for about 30 minutes to make sure it sets in. Then wash with cold water and dry. Once it’s done drying you can determine if you want add more cuts or bleach. If you add more bleach you will then need to repeat step #3 over.

Remember this DIY is all about having fun! So don’t overthink it! If there is a certain look you are going for be sure to check out some YouTube videos to get the exact steps on how to achieve the look you are going for. If you decide to make your own, be sure to share it on IG and use the hash tag #summer16distressedT