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Star Wars bleached out t-shirts

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I didn’t want traditional favors. A friend pinned a link about custom bleached t-shirts and everything clicked. Well, it clicked in my magical fantasy land full of limitless time to do crafty things. Star Wars-inspired bleached out t-shirts. For 17 kids.

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This post was my original inspiration and gives great tips. Which I mostly followed. But here’s my version:

1. Find your design. This goes without saying but the less detailed the better. I used the least detailed Williams Sonoma Star Wars pancake molds: X-wing fighter, Millenium Falcon and Yoda.

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2. Trace your design onto contact paper and cut it out. Peel off the paper and position it on your shirt carefully making sure the soon-to-be bleached out edges are sealed well.

Here’s where I began to realize that 17 shirts was a lot. That’s a lot of cutting. And bleaching. And assembling.

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4. Set up your materials: bleach, a bleach cup, a rag, gloves, your t-shirts, t-shirt inserts and quick access to water to rinse them after you’ve achieved your desired design. Now insert your t-shirt insert, pour your bleach in your cup and put on your gloves!

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5. Bring on the bleach!

Tips:

– I cut an old, thin (kitchen) cutting mat in half to insert in the shirts so the bleach wouldn’t bleed through to the back of the shirt. Cardboard also works.

– Go slowly with the bleach. Find your inner Buddha – that’s tough for me – rather than your “go fast” setting.  Some shirts needed less than 1 tablespoon of bleach. Other shirts utilizing the exact same design needed more.  Often the bleach doesn’t appear to be working and then all of a sudden it quickly spreads and brightens. I had issues with bleach seeping under the contact paper only when I went too quickly and used too much bleach.

– Practice on an old shirt first or buy extras. You will need them.

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6. Rinse quickly once you’re happy with the design.  Launder normally.

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And most importantly, embrace imperfection.  Were my t-shirts perfect?  Hardly.  Were they unique and full of Star Wars love?  You bet your Wookie Cookies they were.

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Check out the other fun things we did at our Star Wars birthday party!

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