Rylee is growing like a weed these days.  She has grown out most of her clothes and a major shopping spree is in order!  But before beginning the hunt, I wanted to take a stab at making a few cute tees for her on my own.  I had bookmarked this post forever ago and have always wanted to try something similar.  I went to the fabric store and I bought some fine jersey cotton fabric (t-shirt fabric), and a bleach pen from the grocery store.  Literally, that’s all you need for this DIY!  I am not going to go in detail about how I created the fringe tank and tee….because it was a lot of guesswork. But the obvious thing to note here is the fringe, and how you create that is kind of self explanatory.  An even easier route would be to just use an existing plain black tee and fringing the bottom, but it’s not quite the same!

So now is the fun part.  Before you start with your bleach pen, make sure you put a piece of wax paper or cardboard in between your top so that the bleach doesn’t leek onto the back of the shirt.  In true form, I decided to go with cats for our graphic theme (shocker, huh?)  Depending on your design, you can use either the thick side of the pen or the thin side.  Leave on the bleach for about 25 minutes or so.  The longer you leave it on the lighter it will be.  The bleach pen bleeds a little bit (or it did with me at least)  but I didn’t mind that effect.  After the 25 minutes are up, wash out all the bleach and toss it in the washer and dryer.

For the tee with the cat silhouette, after I washed and dried it,  I used a black paint pen to go over my design and add in the eyes, nose and whiskers.  For the tank top, I only used the bleach pen.

And here’s my lil model…terribly hard to get her to stand still these days!

You can see how the tank fits in this post.

Hope you have fun with this one!  I’m envisioning some cute halloween costumes that could come out of this too!



  1. Km

    Great DYI. I’ve done a few fringe shirts myself but, never considered the bleach pen idea.

    Just curious, for the wash out stage, was there any run off of the bleach onto other parts of the shirt before you washed and dried it?


  2. teddi

    i’m envisioning my adult self saying, am i too old to pull this look off? do i care if others think so? rylee looks delightful, just like always. :)

  3. Natasha

    Soooo cute!!! Well done!!! Kelli, you really need to share with me your time management strategies! I’m in awe of the amount of things you achieve! xxx



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