You’ve probably already seen this ALL over the internet, so I’m not going to do a detailed tutorial. I am, however, going to tell you what worked for us and what I learned along the way.
One of Macy’s BFF’s has a birthday coming up. We wanted to make her something unique. (Side note: Kristine, don’t let Ashlie read this!)
First we found a font we liked and typed out what we wanted the shirt to say. I printed it, enlarged to our desired size.
Macy traced it onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper and then I cut it out with an Exacto knife.
I ironed it on to the shirt. Don’t move the iron side to side, you’ll catch small details and rip/remove them.
I put a piece of cardboard inside and put the whole thing on an old towel. I folded the bottom of the towel up over the bottom of the shirt so we wouldn’t have any incidents with wayward bleach.
I made a 50/50 bleach and water mixture and put it in an old hairspray bottle. I misted the stenciled area. It didn’t do much, so I dumped it out and put straight bleach in the bottle and then misted it again. Go with the straight bleach. You’ll be able to get away with a lighter coat and have much less chance of it bleeding.
Then, after the letters were noticeably lighter than the shirt, I stretched it open and had Macy yank the cardboard out quickly. I immediately shoved the whole shirt (freezer paper still attached) into a sink full of OxiClean water. I’m not sure if this step is actually necessary, but we did it. The OxiClean is supposed to neutralize the bleach. Or maybe it just makes an explosion….whatever…worked for us.
I peeled off the paper and rinsed the shirt out well and then threw it in the washer for a regular wash.