Introduction: How to Do the Lightning Fold When Bleaching Old Black Shirts
Xylo0 saw the instructable for transforming old black t-shirt asked me how to do the arrow pattern effect.Â Â As there wasn't room on the comments to explain properly (with diagrams), I am making a new instructable to explain how it is done.Â Â The name of this fold is actually the "lightning" fold.
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Step 1: Take Your T-shirt
I have taken one of my already bleached shirts, as it seems to show up the folds more than a plain one. Fold in half, sleeve to sleeve.
Step 2: Fold the Sleeves Into the Center
Fold the sleeves into the center. Keep it nice and flat.
Step 3: Fold Up From the Bottom
Take hold of the shirt about halfway up from the bottom and fold it up towards the neck. This is the first fold
Step 4: Next Step
Make two more folds up from the bottom of the shirt. You will have three folds altogether. See both photos.
Step 5: Continue to Fold and Scrunch
Starting at the bottom outer corner (below the sleeve side)Fold and scrunch diagonally towards the opposite edge of the neck, until you have a flat rectangular shape. Start putting the bands on to hold the shape. It is hard to fold this as you have quite a thickness going there. Keep it folding as diagonally as you can.
Step 6: Banding
Put on the bands very tightly, but keep the shirt flat. You can then put it in the bleach bath as instructed under
You should then get a somewhat similar pattern to the "arrow" design, depending on the shirt and how well you have been able to fold the thicknesses. It's worth a try. You can also use this fold to do a tie dye! Works very well using Black and red, or black and green! The picture shown is of a sleeveless tank top that I folded in this pattern in blue and yellow.